Description : Harry Bonner is the new mayor of Comptons Pond, a small
suburban town where he goes about his days officiating weddings
and attempting to solve post-election issues. But one evening after
curiosity leads him to open a locked file cabinet in his office, Harry
has no idea that what he finds inside will forever change the lives of
the people in his community, his own family included.
After a paper falls out of a binder inside the file cabinet, Harry soon
discovers that it is a proposal to clean up toxic waste in his town,
specifically at Smithfield Powder Works. With assistance from his
wife, a seasoned environmental investigator, a borough attorney, and
several environmental activists, Harry begins what quickly becomes
a perilous investigation that he hopes will help build a case against
a company with executives determined to do whatever it takes to
cover up their illegal activities, even as more citizens in Comptons
Pond become gravely ill.
The Brook is the compelling story of a small town mayor and his crew
of experts as they embark on a race against time to save their town
and its people from the tragic effects of corporate greed.
Website : www.thebrookbook.com
About : John J. Sinsimer (also known as Jack Sinsimer) was born in Kearny, NJ in 1946 and grew up in Pompton Lakes, NJ where, as an adult, he was elected mayor. He attended St. Mary's grammar school, Pompton Lakes High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was awarded an athletic scholarship for track and cross-country to FDU and graduated with a BA in English. As Mayor of Pompton Lakes (1988-1992) he accidentally discovered that the DuPont corporation had been polluting the town and were doing their best to cover it up. His novel is based on his experience fighting this major corporation and his endeavors on behalf of the people in the affected areas to have their neighborhood cleaned up. The struggle for the total cleanup is ongoing, but he achieved a major victory against the corporation and they were held responsible for the pollution and the eventual cleanup. The overwhelming majority of the reviews so far have been five star. People say once they start reading the book, they can't put it down, it is that compelling
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