Lyn Miller-Lachmann's novel, Dirt Cheap, is an eco-thriller that will strongly appeal to anyone interested in ecology and the crime novel genre. In this suspenseful novel, Nick Baran, a middle-aged professor, pursues the chemical company that he believes gave him leukemia and contaminated his suburban neighborhood. His wife feels isolated, exhausted and frightened by her husband's obsessive pursuit, and ultimately begins an affair with a powerful local attorney who opposes her husband's efforts. When Sandy (the idealistic teacher of Nick's son) joins Nick's crusade, she allows herself to be drawn into a retaliatory affair and into his messy and tragic life.
Told from multiple points of view, Dirt Cheap explores the loss of innocence, the nature of courage, the price of material comforts, the place of faith and community, and the power of the individual to change lives.
Praise For Dirt Cheap: A Novel…
— Marnie Mueller, author of Green Fires: Assault on Eden, A Novel of the Ecuadorian Rainforest
"Lyn Miller-Lachmann's Dirt Cheap is one of those rare political novels that convinces you of its point of view through complex characterization and excellent storytelling. Not only is this novel's focus on the environment an important and timely topic but readers will identify with the personal struggle of its hero, Nicholas Baran, as he attempts to make a difference in a world too often determined by materialism and apathy, when instead it should be changed by personal commitment and the human touch. A wonderful and satisfying debut."
—Sergio Troncoso, author of The Nature of Truth
"This is a vivid, gripping novel about the medical and spiritual costs of pollution and modern life."
—John Rowen, Sunday Gazette
Curbstone Books, 9781931896290, 365pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2006
About the Author
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is an American author, editor, and teacher. She was the editor in chief of the MultiCultural Review for 16 years and is the author and editor of reference books, textbooks, and books for young readers. Among these are the award-winning multicultural reference title Our Family, Our Friends, Our World and Once Upon a Cuento, a collection of short stories for children by Latino authors. She divides her time between New York City and Lisbon, Portugal.