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BOOK REVIEW Six Weeks from Tuesday A Book Review By Jonathan Herbert Who is E.C. Thomas? It’s a question that has been heard more and more on the island lately, since Thomas’ newest book, “Six Weeks from Tuesday,” was released. Who is this person with such intimate knowledge of our little piece of paradise? Hang on to your reading glasses, because we’re about to disclose E.C.’s real identity. Six Weeks from Tuesday is a vivid depiction of American corporations and the intimate, often cutthroat relationships that shape them at the highest levels. The author writes concise prose about something they know well. The characters are flawlessly depicted inside an ever-twisting plot, holding your attention throughout. The story is told from the point of view of a strong female protagonist named Leslie. Her thoughts are metaphorically depicted on the last page … It would be easy to chronicle the events of the last year: The man willing to do anything to win versus the man bound by honor … the people who interacted with them, including the woman who cared about both of them in different ways. She thought about the buzzards on the balcony and how their ravenous appetites seemed a metaphor for what just happened in her life. Maybe one day I’ll tell that story. Not now. The author’s real name is Susan Hanafee, and she writes under the pen name, E.C. Thomas. Her reasoning is understandable. “I've always been a writer, but being a reporter or corporate communicator doesn’t allow for literary freedom,” she said. “So when I came to Boca Grande, I wrote a series of children’s books set on a south Florida island. I was developing an outline and the main characters for a mystery when I realized my former involvement in a hostile takeover was calling to me.” She continued. “In fairness to others involved, I didn’t want to chronicle the real takeover. This wasn’t a corporate history but a work of fiction. However, I did use a utility takeover as the stage for my characters ... some good, some deliciously bad. The bad ones are more fun to write about. All the characters are products of my imagination. I can’t say that enough.” Her pen name was created “to ensure further protection for former associates,” she explained. “I decided to use a pen name and E. C. are my mother’s initials. She was an English teacher who


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