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Fred Leebron:
Six Figures
Fred Leebron
  Six Figures  
Fred Leebron    
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  Fred Leebron's Six Figures raises the question: can disenchantment turn dangerous?

Warner Lutz , Leebron's 35-year-old protagonist, is frustrated. He's recently moved his family--wife Megan and children Daniel and Sophie--to Charlotte, North Carolina, where his Jewish roots are merely the beginning of what sets him apart from his southern neighbors. The Charlotte the Lutz's know is a boomtown, and Warner's successes pale in comparison to those of his peers. A dead-end job in fundraising, a marriage tested and strained by finances and child-raising, a daughter who some believe is trailing behind her own peers: these and other ingredients contribute to the drudgery that has become Warner's life. He wakes up one day to find himself figuratively running in place, trying to attain goals he'd set long ago, goals whose original appeal has become blurry in his mind.

Things go from mediocre to worse when, due to circumstances that predate his control, Warner's job security is on the line. What's more, the modest finances he and Megan have amassed are tangled up in a house they regret having bought. When Megan is savagely attacked by an unseen madman in the art gallery in which she works, Warner becomes a prime suspect. As his wife struggles to survive the vicious assault, Warner, too, begins to question himself and the gaps in his memory. Could his malaise have turned murderous?

In Six Figures Leebron has crafted a powerful and entertaining psychological probe of a life gone awry. He explores the possible extremes that can result from shattered illusions and discontent, raising questions that leave his readers with food for thought long after they've turned the final page.

In this issue of Bold Type, read an excerpt from Six Figures and an original short story from Fred Leebron. You can also check out the Bold Type feature of his previous book, Out West.



--Laura Buchwald
 
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