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Book Tour

I had secretly taken an earlier flight to elude the media and (I later learned) several dozen readers who, by the standards of literary greetings at airports, constituted a throng. I wasn’t being rude. I was terrified. I couldn’t allow them to see me stagger out after one of those hemmed-in, gut-busting, ear-popping, time-altering twelve-hour flights. You know they would have taken my picture, and I hate that even when rested, and resent photogenic people barking the camera only takes what’s there. That’s often not true. The camera is a professional liar. In fact, it is the mirror that more accurately reflects what is really there. I wasn’t there. I was in my hotel at a location only I knew. From my room I called my French publisher and told him I had entered Paris peacefully and would be resting all afternoon and evening.

This is the first paragraph of “Book Tour,” one of 38 stories in the collection “The Bold Investor.” To learn more, please click here.

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