Treasure of the Blue Whale
by Steven Mayfield
Pub Date 01 Apr 2020
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It was an utterly dishonest act plotted by perhaps the most honest and honorable people I have ever known. It was also a conspiracy worthy of Arthur Conan Doyle or Robert Louis Stevenson. And I was to be part of it!
A rare treasure, a treacherous conspiracy, and a first love set off this witty, wry romp through a depression-era, sleepy-seaside village’s rags-to-riches-to-rags story. During the summer of 1934 the town of Tesoro gets a taste of fortune when ten-year-old Conner O’Halloran discovers a chunk of ambergris encased in a thousand-pound blob of sewage-sludge that washed ashore. Instead of keeping the treasure of the blue whale to himself, he chooses to split the spoils equally with the town. The people react in a manic race to acquire useless trinkets—comically transforming the town into a bastion of consumerism. As they are otherwise-occupied, the miserly, cantankerous, and allegedly felonious local millionaire-villain devises a plan to cheat the town out of their new-found wealth. Fearing that the people will lose their homes and livelihood, Connor, together with a small group of sharp-minded, prominent townsfolk, attempt to out-swindle the master swindler. In this quirky coming-of-age fable of ruin and abundance, Connor learns what is real and what is simply sludge. As the sludge clears the town realizes they had the true treasure all along.
With Treasure of the Blue Whale, Steven Mayfield has written a fable for our time, a novel we need now more than ever. From the moment Connor O’Halloran and Angus McCallum find a treasure with all its promises, readers are swept up in a journey filled with plot twists and rich characters who continually surprise us with their humanity and ability to find hope. – Chris Dempsey, author of Winter Horses
Steven Mayfield’s Treasure of the Blue Whale is a fascinating and wildly inventive narrative that artfully weaves the timeless themes of greed, survival, and love into an epic American tale that grips the reader from start to finish. This story is told through the lens of a talented and empathetic writer whom I’ve long admired for his ability to observe and to make sense of our complicated world and the individuals who make a community. This is the novel I’ve been waiting for, and it does not disappoint. – Thanh Tan, Two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and multimedia storyteller.
Distribution: Independent Publishers Group