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Susan brought together six incomplete manuscripts and dozens of loose pages to bring to print a novel that her father, Powell Smily, wrote in 1970. With the assistance of Honora Finkelstein, his work was published by El Amarna Publishing in 2012.
In a world where money, sex, and power are primary goals, Powell Smily’s protagonist Mike Vaughn can’t see much purpose to the drives of those successful people for whom he works. Those he calls his friends, therefore, are often unfortunates who find themselves pawns in the games of manipulation and dominance that are really running the show. Cross Currents, a neo-noir novel, is literate, well plotted, entertaining, and enlightening, and just as relevant today as it was when it was written 40 years ago. This edition includes Powell Smily’s famous article “Blackmail”, which was originally published in Maclean’s Magazine.