Books by Brewster Milton Robertson
Rainy Days and Sundays
A premise as volatile as tomorrow's headlines sparks the opening of this timely suspense novel, set in the year 2002, when Jerry Falwell is a Nobel nominee, a cure for AIDS is found and terrorist attacks cause the right-wing U.S. president to shut down abortion clinics nationwide.
Robertson sets his ambitious near-future dystopia primarily on the Carolinas coast, and imagines the paradoxes of a sexually free, post-AIDS climate coinciding with a return to the pre-Roe v. Wade days of dangerous back-alley abortions. Against this backdrop evolve the dramatic trials of hapless Buchanan Forbes, a pharmaceutical marketing rep whose life is falling apart. When his company's illegal trade in a Viagra-like pill is discovered by the feds, Buck is forced to resign, whereupon his cold, unhappy wife leaves him, taking their four sons with her. Buck is determined to be reunited with his boys, but the IRS is hot on his trail, and he also feels the need to sow some wild oats. One of his female companions winds up the latest victim in a rash of fatal botched abortions, plunging Buck into yet another kind of trouble.
He's a millennial Renaissance man, however, who paints, plays guitar, is irresistible to women and bounces back from the career-wrecking scandal almost immediately to nab a high-profile writing job.
Film rights optioned by Alan Brown.
Praise for Rainy Days and Sundays:
"Brewster Milton Robertson has created a fast-moving, honest-to-God, page-turning thriller, as good as they come." -- George Garrett, Black Mountain
"Rainy Days and Sundays is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its best..." -- Les Standiford, Presidential Deal
"This book has major motion picture written all over it!" -- Alan Brown, producer, Beach Music and The Liar's Club
The Grail Mystique
Not since the Ewings of Dallas has there been a family as complex, manipulative, and delectably seductive as the Graham dynasty, whose great wealth and power derive from their Fortune 500 corporation-known on Wall Street and around the world by its stock symbol-GRAIL.
Their fortunes, VIP guest lists, political connections, and privileged lives create a seemingly impenetrable mystique until a drug death opens investigations that unravel their world. The mélange of characters in this fast-paced suspense novel is set against a backdrop of private country clubs, penthouse suites, and corporate boardrooms.
This spellbinding saga examines the decaying underseam of the Graham family dynasty adrift in a maze of corporate deception. The Grail Mystique is a weel-dressed suspense novel, with a cast of characters dressed for the debutante ball, but possibly headed for the slammer.
Over five fateful days-- the Monday through Friday before Mother's Day-- the future of this powerful southern family will change forever.
Praise for the Grail Mystique:
"Tom Wolfe meets Arthur Hailey. In The Grail Mystique Brewster Milton Robertson weaves together many characters and plot lines like a dexterous juggler, but it's his female characters that really shine. Not many male writers get women so right!" -- Annie Gottleib (Do You Believe In Magic)
"Neo-Conroy is sensitivity and scope! In The Grail Mystique Brewster Milton Robertson has woven together a compelling love story against a background of high-level corporate chilcanery-- a kind of Anne Rivers Siddons with hair on its chest." -- Les Standiford (Bone Key; The Last Train to Paradise)
"Brewster Milton Robertson is a master of fiction noir. Harold Robbinsesque in the sweep of its story line, The Grail Mystique is certain to have Hollywood power players lining up for the film rights." -- John Miller (Tropical Heat)
A Posturing of Fools
"The true snob never rests...there are always...more and more people to look down upon."
Russell Lynes, THE NEW SNOBBISM, Harper's Magazine, 1950.
The celebrated F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar, Dr. Matthew J. Bruccoli, points out in his Preface to the Scribner’s Authorized Text edition of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby does not proclaim the nobility of the human spirit; it is not politically correct; it does not reveal how to solve the problems of life; it delivers no fashionable or comforting messages. It is just a masterpiece.”
In 1922, three years before the publication of his masterpiece, Fitzgerald declared, “I want to write something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned.” Lacking conflict from the beginning, utterly devoid of empathetic characters throughout and without a glimmer of redemption at the end, The Great Gatsby violated most traditional concepts of the classic novel form.
In his new novel, A Posturing of Fools—which introduces Henley Logan Baird, a credibly-flawed, testosterone- and alcohol-fueled modern-day Gatsby alter-ego—Golden Eye Literary Prize-winning novelist Brewster Milton Robertson makes a similar departure from traditional structure.
“I believe readers find Gatsbyesque rogues like Logan Baird infinitely interesting,” Robertson says. Of his writing credo and his earnestness to take his work to new dimensions, Robertson adds, “I do not believe the reader owes the writer anything but the first line. As a writer, my objective is simply to seduce the reader word-by-word, line-by-line, all the way to the very last page. In A Posturing of Fools, I am not interested in conflict or empathy or redemption…I simply want to whisper in the reader’s ear, Come with me and I will introduce you to exciting characters engaged in outrageous escapades in exotic places you never dreamed existed.”
Set post-9/11/01, against a backdrop of nonpareil elegance at the renowned The Greenbrier resort and spa in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, A Posturing Of Fools chronicles the crucible temptations and gut-wrenching predicaments of former Pulitzer-nominated journalist and Bosnian combat veteran Logan Baird as he is forced to confront his own value system and define the elusive thing society refers to as “class.”
Not yet thirty and father of a five-year-old son, Logan is distressed over his troubled marriage to Rose Worrell, his high school sweetheart. Upon returning home from military service during the Bosnian crisis four years ago, Logan gave in to Rose’s ambition, abandoned his promising career as a medical columnist on the Roanoke, Virginia, newspaper and took a more lucrative job as a salesman for Severance Laboratories, a major pharmaceutical company. Over the intervening interval, he has parlayed his considerable medical savvy, his skill as a low-handicap golfer, and his abundant charm into admirable success as a veritable wunderkind in his new profession.
On a Tuesday in mid-August, Logan is on his way to meet Rush Donald, his snobby, status-conscious new boss at the Roanoke airport and take him to an international medical congress at the The Greenbrier resort, which will announce the long-awaited introduction of Virecta, Severance Labs’ revolutionary improvement to the billion-dollar male erection drugs. On his way out of his driveway, Rose hands him an Express Mail from his old Bosnian sidekick, Lt. John Paul Silver. Running late, his head abuzz with plans to finesse pompous Rush’s hero worship for The Greenbrier’s legendary golf pro Sam Snead into getting his conceited bossman’s recommendation for a future promotion, Logan absently stuffs John Paul’s letter into his briefcase unopened.
Unsuspecting of the letter’s unsettling contents, Logan is totally oblivious that he is standing at the threshold of an incredible adventure and he is about to come face-to-face with almost certain disaster. Over the next four days Logan Baird will encounter several sensual women and handful of powerful men who are going to change his life forever.