The Back Room - a genre-bending novel by Charles Dyner

The Back Room

“The Back Room”. Enter one way, exit another.

   A 6 year-old boy, James Oglethorpe, is coerced into the life of a ghetto drug runner. Years later, he attains a business position believed impossible for someone with his background. A force of intelligence and determination, he battles the recurring childhood “dread and doom” mindset that can undo everything at any time.

A young Hassidic Jew is forced to choose between two loves: family or freedom. It’s a high price to pay if he leaves, a higher price to pay if he stays. He makes an unorthodox decision.

A high-ranked Chinese-American Table Tennis player quits soon after a bizarre and intense match with the Hassidic. He returns to his previously abandoned talent to become a foremost international concert pianist. But first he must convince his former piano mentor, who greets him with a stinging slap in the face.

Two traumatic incidents bring James, the Hassid and Chinese-American to “The Back Room”.

James discovers a plot by unscrupulous attorneys to create bogus class-action lawsuits against him. He hires New York City’s most feared litigator to fend it off, and is drawn into a circle of mysterious people: an obnoxious yet lovable Russia-escapee hacker hounded by a Russian gang lord from Brooklyn’s “Little Odessa”; sex-slave traffickers plying their trade from the Russian Embassy; and the KGB. All for totally different reasons; an exotic woman who speaks seven global-hot-spot languages, is a Krav Maga expert, and has ties to the CIA; the transformed former Hassidic Jew;
and a brilliant, beautiful entrepreneur/conglomerate owner who makes him an offer he may not refuse.

Fast-paced with action, romantic/sexy scenes, LOL humor, and dramatic fusions of plots and subplots.

About the author:

Charles Dyner just loves to write.

He’s written advertising for many clients, including Chase; General Electric; Holiday Inn Crown Plaza; Volvo; Ronzoni; New York Magazine, and MCA Music.

He also recently researched and wrote scripts based on lesser known historical facts and incidents for a video documentary series on “New York City’s Hidden Histories”.

These scripts encouraged him to write his debut novel, “The Back Room”. “Researching and writing these one-hour length historical scripts, compared to the much shorter ad formats I was used to, suggested I was capable of writing something even longer…a novel!”

As he wrote, he realized a single genre was not going to work. He has lots to express in terms of humor (he likes how Robert Parker injects humor in his “Spencer” dialogues), word play (he admires Shakespeare’s multi-layered verbal plays), real new business ideas, men and women relationships, wry observations, some history, intrigue, and lots of drama. “I was raised on drama and humor. There was always a scene going on with my parents’ extended family. What commotions! It’s in my DNA. I can turn a napkin falling to the floor into drama or make you laugh.” So not surprisingly, “The Back Room” is genre-bending, a crossover.

His broad range of interests find their way into his stories (wine, music, fashion, food, cars). “All my characters have distinctive personalities. Some are admirable, heroic; one is obnoxious yet likeable; many struggle with their issues; and others are creepy. It’s enjoyable to detest them.”

He has begun working on his second novel – “The Napkin Falls”.