Spencer Casey is a 20-year-old high school dropout who works in a failing puzzle factory in Philadelphia, chopping up Masterpieces of Western Art into jigsaw puzzles. He is tired of being an effect instead of a cause. On the night before the factory is to close, inspired by the image of a butterfly flapping its wings in China, he scrambles the pieces of a painting called “Chaos Scape 19” and sends his own ripples of chaos into the world.
“The Puzzle Factory” forms the first part of A BUTTERFLY IN PHILADELPHIA, a satirical comic novel centering around the two narrators, Spencer Casey and Lindsay Pangborn, who, like most young people, manage to navigate successfully through the chaos they inflict on the world.
Targeted Age Group: adult
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Bruce Hartman lives with his wife in Philadelphia. He has worked as a pianist, music teacher, bookseller and attorney and has been writing fiction for many years. His first novel, PERFECTLY HEALTHY MAN DROPS DEAD, won the Salvo Press Mystery Novel Award and was published by Salvo Press in 2008. His second book, THE RULES OF DREAMING, was awarded the Kirkus Star for Books of Exceptional Merit. Kirkus Reviews selected the book as one of its “Top 100 Indie Books of 2013.” Another mystery, THE MUSE OF VIOLENCE, was published in 2013, followed by THE PHILOSOPHICAL DETECTIVE in 2014. Bruce Hartman then shifted into comic satire with A BUTTERFLY IN PHILADELPHIA. His latest novel, BIG DATA IS WATCHING YOU!, is a satirical comic dystopia set in a future in which the all-powerful force of Big Data rules humanity through the Internet of Things and the corporate power of Goozle Inc.
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