Marty, a budding writer, and a group of his friends—locals and immigrants, the less fortunate and the well off—graduate in 1964 from a small town high school in northern Virginia, all promising each other to attend their 50th reunion. Observing his friends at the prom, Marty recollects the rebellious and defiant school years that for many of them had been demanding beyond their youth.
As decades pass their paths diverge and they emerge from the influence of their parents, many of whom experienced the barbarity of World War II.
Eventually, the anticipated reunion approaches and they must face the changes time brought to their lives. What became of them and how did they get there? Did they catch the Nazi war criminal hiding in Latin America as they all committed to before the graduation? Will the activist, the global executive and the poker player settle their differences? How did the lawyer, the doctor, the Navy commander, the scientist and Marty deal with the traumas of the past? Were the homeless alcoholic, the handyman and the gay CIA agent with his math-teacher partner able to start new lives? Will the suicidal Vietnam Vet attend?
Their life stories full of diverse and overlapping plots, crises and triumphs, conflicts, loves and friendships prove the wisdom of Marty’s high school commencement speech. He predicted that not all of them will become whatever they want because not everybody is dealt the same cards or the same card-playing skills. When they meet at the 50th reunion, he traces their lives since the graduation. The leader of the group and the link keeping them together over the years, Marty is the real author of The Class of 1964, telling the story about himself and his friends.
I invite you to follow the story of this group—sandwiched between their Greatest Generation parents and their Generation X children. You will recognize many chapters from your own lives, and will re-live your past and re-examine the influences that prompted you to make the choices you have made. Many of you will be encouraged to share untold life stories with your own families, who will want to read my book to learn more about their parents’ time.
After terror attacks six time zones apart, in a small park in Northern Virginia and in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, scores of 4th of July celebrants die and hundreds are injured. An unknown Islamist organization claims responsibility in Copenhagen, while the US government blames suicide bombers with ties to al-Qaeda for the American attack, deeming the two events to be unconnected. Adam Stepowski, an investigative lawyer who witnesses the horror in Virginia, while his younger son escapes unharmed from the Danish attack, doesn’t believe in coincidences. With his family, a Russian girl, and a retired CIA operative, Adam launches an independent investigation on both sides of the Atlantic. The facts he discovers contradict the official version proclaimed by the White House. Adam uses his international experience to find the link between Virginia and Denmark. As the mystery unfolds, Adam races to find an answer that will be more complex and alarming than he had imagined.
While taking care of his wife, during her struggle with breast cancer, Adam Stepowski investigates money transfers from an American manufacturer to numbered Zurich bank accounts of phantom Soviet, Russian and Polish companies, and tries to expose the faces behind them.When his family is threatened, the investigative lawyer realizes that he must have come close to some secret knowledge, and is forced into a dangerous game against shadowy opponents at home in the US, across Europe, in Russia, and in Kazakhstan. Stepowski uncovers a clandestine network planning a terror attack which, if not stopped, would lead to a global madness. To prevent it, Adam allies with unexpected partners.
When a Vice President of a large equipment manufacturer in northern Virginia is found strangled in his house, and his eight-year-old son is missing, the police arrest his Russian ex-wife. Adam Stepowski, an investigative lawyer, takes up the defense of the accused. The seemingly routine murder develops into a case of post Cold-War era industrial and military espionage. Adam’s transatlantic investigation branches out to include an alleged Nazi criminal, now living in Texas, who during World War II had been a guard in a forced-labor camp in Poland. Searching for the missing pieces to the homicide, the espionage, and the Nazi criminal puzzles, Adam relives his turbulent life as a Jewish emigrant from the communist Poland of the Sixties.