Is fringe-fact in our future? ‘Black Market News’ is topic of San Diego author’s new novel
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — “I’m their product. They tore me apart and rebuilt me.”
Reporter Quinn Kellerman’s brutal assessment of his life is only partially accurate. The truth is, Quinn rebuilt himself in spite of eState, the corporation set on managing every aspect of American life. eState’s reach never matters to Quinn until the company enters San Diego and he becomes the victim of a heinous act.
Quinn is the lead character in Black Market News, a new novel released in January by San Diego journalist, filmmaker, and educator Roman S. Koenig.
Set in a future United States dominated by a single massive conglomerate, Black Market News follows underground journalist Quinn Kellerman, from his severe injury to his journey to expose those responsible, pushing past his own notions of “fringe-fact” to uncover the truth. Quinn and friends — and perhaps an adversary or two — draw the curtain on the twisted world of eState’s chief executive and the man’s use of violent, ghoulish, technological means to manipulate the public.
“It’s built on my observations and concerns about the direction society and media are headed,” Koenig says.
Black Market News has its genesis in two of Koenig’s film-related projects. His feature-length screenplay of the same name earned a Best Screenplay nomination at the San Diego Film Awards in 2014. The 2001 film production “Human Resource” won honorable mention for feature-length film in the Zoie Films International festival.
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Black Market News
Published by Mercury Current LLC
286 pages | $14.99 paperback | $3.99 e-book
Released January 15, 2020