The Broad in the Kimono
by Paddy Kelly
1947 - The Mob establishes the Flamingo casino creating the famous Vegas strip. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics, controlled by a dodgy Harry Anslinger, is given massive funding to initiate the failed War on Drugs. Senators Thomas and Rankin start their communist witch hunt against a Hollywood where Jack Warner is at war with his writers as the long established Studio System begins to crumble.
All this while the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, featuring professional baseball's first black player, face off in the first televised World Series. And oh yeah, it’s a Presidential re-election year.
1947 - It was a great time to be alive. For some. But for Benjamin 'Benny' Joules' a promising young script writer who just signed a lucrative contract with Warner Brothers it could be better. Young Joules’ contract was abruptly cancelled when his body was found hanging in the closet of his Greenwich Village apartment.
With the newly available gizmo called ‘tele-vision’ Truman, Thomas, Rankin, Warner and others initiate a fight for control of the main stream media that reverberates until today.
In the last book of the Operation Underworld Trilogy, The Broad in the Kimono, a remarkable episode of déjà vu is captured showing today’s political turmoil is a mere repeat of what has gone before.
Specifically in the year 1947.
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Paddy Kelly, Dublin
Paddy Kelly immigrated to New York City in 1966 where he worked a number of jobs, finished secondary school and in 1971 attended the City University of New York on an athletic scholarship for gymnastics. It was here that he was first introduced to theatre and first became interested in writing.
In 1972 he was employed to coach the Icelandic National Olympic team, a post held for two years.
While in Reykjavik, Iceland he helped in the rescue efforts of Vestmannaeyiar Island following the eruption of the Heimaey volcano.
In 1973 he became a Hospital Corpsman in the U. S. Navy and, in 1975, assisted in the evacuation of Saigon and the resettlement of tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees to Westminster, Orange County where he was first exposed to the world of film making, and later worked as a set carpenter.
Following naval service in 1976 Mr. Kelly returned to City University New York earning a B. A. While at C.U.N.Y. he became involved in drama and subsequently acted in over a dozen plays in and around the New York area, again gaining work as a set carpenter and sign writer on films.
Upon returning to California in 1982 Paddy further developed his interest in writing when he found employment as a script editor.
It was during this period that Mr. Kelly wrote his first novel, Politically Erect, (unpublished), a satire of the last days of the war in Viet Nam and the fall of Saigon. Mr. Kelly returned to the East coast and worked his way through graduate school earning his M.Ed. at Boston. He began writing plays and moved into writing and directing full time, focusing on farce, satirical and political comedy.
Mr. Kelly has to date directed two dozen professional theatrical productions, written half a dozen feature film scripts and is a regular contributor to various film industry publications.
He has just finished his third novel, The American Way.
In the course of his career Mr. Kelly has also written and directed a cookery television programme and teaches cookery classes as an aid to reducing stress in your life.
Visit the author website at:http://www.paddykellywriter.com