This is the American paperback. There were editions in other countries - the UK and Japan, for instance - but I was never paid for them. Always be careful when you're dealing with the movie business in any aspect.

The editor at the Dial Press who bought this book was E.L. Doctorow. But soon he decided to go on to other things...

THE NEXT MAN and HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS

Despite the efforts of Sean Connery, THE NEXT MAN was not a successful movie. The New York Times review suggested that the knowledge of international affairs that the makers had would "fit comfortably in the left nostril of a small bee." Check it out elsewhere if this piques your interest.

I just wrote the novel. All the dialogue from the movie went into the book (day by day as I was writing I'd get revisions to the script.) But the jokes are mine.

HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS a guide to ease the burden of useful courses might sound like a joke but it wasn't. Many techniques for getting credit the test taker isn't entitled to are described in some detail.

But the truth is that the students who "need" this kind of information pretty much already have it. It's the instructors who write the tests who don't know how widely they leave the door open to the ignorant but crafty.

SELECTED WORKS
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A
Click the title to see a sample of this new novel - or look at the first 15% of the book on Smashwords.
B - Albert Samson Novels
C - Short story collection
Stories written over a period of twenty years or so, along with an introduction - by me - about writing stories and an extensive bibliography of my crime writing. Click on the blue title for more information.
D - Leroy Powder Novels
The three Lt Leroy Powder novels. Click on the blue titles for more information.
E - The Lunghi family private detective novels
Three generations of an Italian family run a private detective agency in Bath, England. Ever seen a detective agency run as a family business? I don't think so. Click on the titles for more information.
F - other Indianapolis novels
A homeless "entrepreneur" in Indianapolis gets more than he bargains for when he sees an opportunity in UNDERDOG. Albert Samson's woman friend gets a book of her own in AND BABY WILL FALL. A mystery writer finds himself compelled to participate in a real life mystery in OUTSIDE IN. Click on the titles for more information.
G - a historical mystery
A young woman pursues her best friend's killer in 19th Century US and England. Click on the title for more information.
H - stories told by Rover
Rover, a stray dog, describes his live as a crusader on behalf of downtrodden dogs. Click on the titles for more information.
I - novelization of a film script and non-fiction book
Sean Connery starred in the movie THE NEXT MAN and I wrote the book while it was being filmed. HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS was my first book. Click on the titles for more information.