Can there be a happy ending to this drama?
This super-engaging thriller couldn’t be more topical and timely. Author T. Matt Ryan, inspired from his observations and experiences in politics, has created a novel about corruption, betrayal and revenge along with justice and redemption in small-town America.
Set in rural Western Colorado shortly after World War II, 17-year-old Gloria Knight’s life is shattered when she is raped after her high school graduation dance and her fiancé is falsely charged with the crime. Her father, the most powerful man in Goodwin County, orchestrates a cover-up of the crime with the local sheriff and judge. An outraged Gloria then sets in motion a chain of events that could irreversibly end an era when one man ruled the county.
Matt Ryan had an early entry into politics when his politically active mother enlisted him in her 1948 campaign for Juvenile Judge. He spent his summers until he went to the Naval Academy, vacationing in small Colorado mountain counties, where elected’ foibles and corruption were hard to hide. Beyond his prep school walls lie Ocean County, New Jersey where one party governance under the Mathis machine held sway from the year 1900 until well after he graduated.
Between the two places, he saw enough questionable officeholders to fill a courthouse. After a career as a line officer, he retired from the Navy and settled in Washington state where he became involved in local politics. He was elected County Commissioner and served 1993-1996. It wasn’t until 2011 after he sold his insurance practice that he devoted full attention to the writing arts. Matt Ryan, a Colorado native, is married to his wife of fifty-one years, Patricia. They have four sons, and 3 grandchildren. He is the author of “The Revenge of the Banker’s Daughter” and “The Emperor Butterfly.
"The Revenge of the Banker's Daughter" is a must read for those who'd love a cuttingly evocative novel that pierces like cold steel its milieu of political corruption in smoldering small town America with characters whose voices bite with love and revenge on the one hand…and greed and prejudices on the other."
R. V. Schumacher, Ph.D.