Unusual activity at a popular yet rustic resort in Duck, North Carolina catches the eye of Jack Sommerstag. Known to his friends as "Sommers" he can tell something isn't right. Why would the U.S. Army be involved in the water tower business. He returns from his vacation with his family, to Washington, DC only to find he's been terminated from the ad agency where he works. And the trail leads right to the top of the government. Meanwhile in the shadow of the US Capitol, FBI Agent Ben Chambers is approached by his old friend Senator Turnbull. The senator's aide has been killed after delivering documents that are top secret and may contain evidence of some type of clandestine national operation. No one, not even the President of the United States is beyond suspicion. The exciting twists and turns are right out of today's wanings about the world. This exciting political thriller is written with a keen knowledge of Washington and holds the suspense and sometimes violence until its gripping conclusion.
DONALD SPARKMAN, the award-winning graphic designer and president of Sparkman+Associates, has recast himself as the writer of page-turning thriller novels using the nom de plume of Herrick Lyons. Under his new pen name, he has written the novels "The Niche" and "The Tower." Both are unique in that they spring from his intimate knowledge of the fields of graphic design and advertising. The stories come from an imaginative mind that takes murder and international intrigue to a whole new level - and you with it. Sparkman points out, "I can identify with my book's characters as they are all old friends of mine." Why the pen name? Sparkman says he continues to work as a designer and he wants to keep his identity separate, as well as its association with his award-winning design agency. Sparkman+Associates has been a pre-eminent design agency in the Washington metropolitan area for more than 30 years and has won national and international awards for his design work, which has ranged from readily familiar logos to consumer packaging. During his career, Sparkman served twice as president of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, and he founded and was the first president of the International Design by Electronics Association (IDEA) based in New York. Sparkman also wrote the instructional book, "Selling Graphic & Web Design," for designers published by Allworth Press. The book was translated to Spanish and printed in Mexico as a textbook which was chosen by Critique magazine as one of the top 85 books for designers written in the 20th century. It is now an e-book on sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as other fine stores.