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About the book
You’ve seen Steve Buscemi in his award-winning role as Nucky Thompson in the Boardwalk Empire series on HBO. Now read about real-life Nucky Johnson, crime boss of Atlantic City, in this exciting new novel by Ronald Koegler, Chasing the Stargazer: With Help from Luigi Pirandello, Nucky Johnson, and Thomas Wolfe.
Former lifeguard Don Carter returns to his hometown of Atlantic City to look for the “stargazer,” a man he arrested under the Boardwalk three decades earlier. He finds a deserted, ruined city, with none of the vitality it had in earlier times, when Nucky ran the show. As Don digs into his own history, he is swept up in a criminal world he does not understand. In desperation, he turns to a man he has deliberately avoided for years—his wife’s uncle and a leader of the Philadelphia Mafia. Don’s past catches up with him in the mountains of North Carolina and brings his search for the stargazer to a dramatic conclusion.
About the Author
Psychiatrist Ronald R. Koegler spent summers as a lifeguard in his native Atlantic City while attending Stanford University and Temple Medical School. He lives in Santa Barbara, has written or edited five books and more than 50 articles, studies karate, and once discussed guns with Elvis Presley.