Clamour of Crows
Quick Overview :
Clamour of Crows is a brilliantly crafted modern morality play that charts the life and curious death of the legendary entrepreneur Ben Baum, replete with mayhem, mystery and, perhaps, murder. The novel's reluctant protagonist, Jonathan Tucker, finds himself drawn into a maze of deception, death and betrayal. Having lost the only things that matter, he is induced by his mentor to reengage with his former Wall Street law firm.
Tuck, as he is called, has to develop skills he never possessed, just to stay even with an unknown adversary in the world of Big Law, bigger business and international chicanery. Ingeniously told, this saga blends elements of classic literature with nonstop action across two continents, taking you to the edge of your emotions and reeling you back, without ever losing its sense of humor and style. Peppering his story with allusions to the world's most adored children's classics, the author explores the height of greatness and the depth of evil. In Clamour of Crows, Ray Merritt has created a witch's cauldron of intrigue, betrayal and unnecessary deaths, as he explores the dark side of human nature and the fundamental essence of family and forgiveness.
Ray Merritt has enjoyed a successful writing career for over thirty years. His A Thousand Hounds (Taschen) was selected Best Book of the Year, 2000, by New York Magazine. The New York Times called it a goody pack. Entertainment Today awarded it most creative book of the season and Animal Fair dubbed it a masterpiece. Full of Grace (Damiani) was named PDN Magazine's Best Book of the Year in 2007. Oprah Magazine called it "dazzlingly elegant, elegiac and exhilarating." Kirkus dubbed it "gripping" and Publishers Weekly "captivating."
Ray, his wife, Carol, and their shelter dogs, Piper and Jake, live in Sag Harbor and New York City.