Probing politics and poker is a new idea for an ex-prosecutor
As the Yonkers Inspector General and a Westchester Deputy Public Prosecutor, Dan Schorr has conducted many high-profile, complex and compelling investigations and prosecutions. His experiences dealing with various types of criminal activity, sexual misconduct, and other wrongdoing inspired him to write his first novel, Final table, which was published by SparkPress on October 5.
Schorr says his time as a Westchester sex crimes prosecutor, as well as his work investigating sexual misconduct allegations with his own firm, Dan Schorr, LLC, revealed that the real world of assault allegations sexuality is often very different from the narratives portrayed in movies and novels.
“Fictitious sexual assaults are typically committed by strangers in dangerous locations or by groups of assailants, which is consistent with the ‘stranger danger’ attitude that is prevalent regarding potential assaults,” Schorr says. “But in my investigative experience, more sexual assaults are committed by people the victim knows and trusts, and many involve victims who have had consensual sexual contact with the perpetrator before. non-consensual activity. I thought it was important in this book to portray such a scenario with all its nuances and complications.
Final table garnered great reviews and praise, including from a Westchester resident Sunny Hostin, the Emmy-winning co-host of View and bestselling author of I am these truths and Summer on the cliffs. Hostin is calling Final table “A gripping, timely, and fast-paced story of a sexual assault survivor’s struggle to regain control of her life in the face of fear, self-doubt, international intrigue, and impending retaliation.”
The novel is a political thriller on sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, in the world of international politics and high-stakes poker. It focuses heavily on the role cable news and social media play in amplifying survivors’ stories, while harassing and intimidating those who find themselves in their crosshairs.
The story follows former White House employee Maggie Raster, who struggles to start her own consulting firm and overcome a recent sexual assault by an ex-boss.
The other main character, Kyler Dawson, is a broke former poker champion who desperately needs to get into a controversial but highly lucrative international poker tournament. The tournament’s host nation faces widespread condemnation for the recent murder of a prominent American journalist, and a pending executive order threatens to bar Dawson and others from participating in the contest.
Maggie’s chaotic first attempt to promote her new business as a political analyst on television catches Kyler’s eye, convincing him that his political intelligence and connections can get him the help he needs. By working with him, she has a chance to score a share of the $20 million poker prize if he wins.
To succeedshe will face many challenges – personal and political, foreign and domestic – including growing pressure to publicly speak out against the misconduct of her former boss. Kyler also has his own obstacles and checkered past to overcome, but if each of them can overcome their daunting challenges, he could win the tournament – and earn them both a fortune.
Setting up an international political thriller in the world of tournament poker might seem like an unusual combination, but, says Schorr, “For me, they’re a perfect fit. Both involve huge decisions that must be made under extreme stress with incomplete information. And the costs of mistakes in both politics and poker, in the novel and in the real world, are often disastrous. »
Schorr lives white plains with his wife and two children.