THE DISTRICT MANAGER
by Matt Minor
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Dead Tree
Date of Publication: June 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 266
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“Doing the right thing means you don’t eat”
So begins the sweltering narrative of District Manager, Mason Dixon, a haunted man serving Texas House District 100. After a constituent reaches out to his office with disturbing information about twisted activities going on in district, Mason finds himself drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a malevolent entity.
While these events unfold, Mason begins dating a county judge’s assistant. Brenna is a single mother who is ready to start the next chapter of her life. Can she and the stoical Mason connect? Or will she become collateral damage to his unorthodox, occupational hazards?
Mason soon finds that the danger has reached the highest ranks of the district, and that the century-old structure where he offices is not haunted, but instead possessed by an all too real menace.
Can a man who is profoundly broken restore order when the very core of order itself has been corrupted?
“Matt Minor knows Texas politics from the inside, and he weaves a devious tale of deceit and death and even a little romance. Buckle your seat belt and hang on for the ride.” — Bill Crider
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Writing the District Manager, Part Two
Guest Post by Matt Minor
I’m a sentimentalist by nature. In my first novel The Representative, the protagonist John David Dothan is afflicted with an incurable romanticism. I have to confess that this particular attribute was extracted from me personally. As such I possess a proclivity for and towards a softening of things. Refinement by its very nature is of the feminine. But there is an element of escapism at its core. Too much of this is an unhealthy thing.
Enter my second novel, The District Manager. Where The Representative was narrated in third person, past tense, DM is in first person, present tense (with instances of first person past tense). Mason Dixon, the story’s narrator and protagonist, is my reaction to Dothan. Mason is a stoical creature. His tale is told with Spartan desperation. However insecure and sensitive he might be, Mason is cloaked in armor: his perspective, the masculine.
This makes Mason Dixon a consummate outsider. He is alone and his aloneness can only be expressed in gritty realism. There is little softening of observation. He is a simple animal, scratching for survival in a world of ugly beasts hiding behind confected status.
I believe we are on the cusp of a new age of censorship. It will not be long now before people begin to go to jail for what they say, write or broadcast – in fact it’s already started. Though this has its roots in the political it will transcend that in very little time, encompassing every aspect of our lives. The reason for this censorship is a fundamental inability of westerners to accept or deal with reality. This is at the core of what we call Political Correctness. Anyone with any sort of awareness of the world around them knows this predicament ends badly.
The western world is rife with faux security. Its movies and entertainment are increasingly fantastical. With each new terror episode we collectively recoil into our thin bubble of fantasy. I have nothing against quality works of unreality. (I’ve authored a novel of stories in the gothic genre.) But by objectifying our experiences and distilling them through the creative filter we not only better understand the circumstances that shape our lives but also add a human factor to our fast 24 hour news cycle; a news cycle that is increasingly dehumanizing due to its rapidity.
Our entertainment is in need of an adrenaline shot to the heart. It’s time to wake up.
Matt Minor presently serves as a Chief of Staff in the Texas House of Representatives. He has worked as a political campaign manager and is a well-regarded public speaker. Matt has authored official state publications, oversees syndicated editorials, and is a speechwriter and district radio legislative commentator. Prior to his life in state politics Matt was a professional musician and entertainer. Matt’s hobbies are centered on the arts, including the craft of poetry, an interest that has brought academic recognition and numerous awards. Matt Minor presently serves as a Chief of Staff in the Texas House of Representatives. He has worked as a political campaign manager and is a well-regarded public speaker. Matt has authored official state publications, oversees syndicated editorials, and is a speechwriter and district radio legislative commentator. Prior to his life in state politics Matt was a professional musician and entertainer. Matt’s hobbies are centered on the arts, including the craft of poetry, an interest that has brought academic recognition and numerous awards.
His first novel, The Representative was an Amazon Political Fiction Bestseller the summer of 2015. It was accepted and archived into the Texas State Legislative Library. In April of 2016 The Representative won an IPPY Gold medal for Southern-Region Fiction.
Matt Minor resides with his wife Stacy on their ranch property in Wharton County, Texas. He lives in Austin during legislative session.
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