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  • 09/2021
  • 9780578894799
  • 340 pages
  • $23.99
Roland Jefferson
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ALICE IN DREAMLAND
The US Census Bureau projects the year 2050 as the year the white population will drop below 50%. As the browning of America is inevitable, a white extremist group of elected politicians rush to salvage dwindling white influence and economic power by secretly creating the Alice Plan, a new 'whites only' English-speaking republic established on foreign soil. But when PEPPER, a black prostitute steals a flash drive coded with details of the Alice Plan from the computer of a politician who refused to pay her for sex, she hires TAYLOR, an alcoholic ex-detective injured during an undercover drug operation as her bodyguard. But when HANDLER, a government hit man is sent to retrieve the flash drive and liquidate Taylor, it sets in motion a desperate cat and mouse chase that takes them across two continents and 9000 miles of ocean, all the way to the corridors of power in the Oval Office. And the only question now…..is the President Involved…..? Genre: Political thriller Page length: 370
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This urgent political thriller from Jefferson (White Coat Fever) centers on a secret plot among white politicians and officials to establish an “English-speaking, non-Hispanic whites-only democratic republic” outside of the United States. Fearing “the looming shift in racial demographics as a catastrophic threat to the financial and political power of America’s dwindling white supremacist population who controlled the country,” and convinced that Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign truly meant “Make America white again,” Kansas Senator Methias B. Crandal and others hatch the “Alice Plan” to preserve white cultural and economic power. The thriller plot kicks in when Pepper, a Black sex worker, snatches from a congressman client an encrypted USB drive with details of the plan. Soon she’s on the run, aided by ex-cop and current hot mess Taylor, a man pushing fifty and in bad need of a cause.

“America’s ongoing cultural shift by the year 2050 was on a collision course with white privilege,” Jefferson writes, and his depiction of the machinations of a cabal of white elites scheming to preserve and protect their power outside the U.S. has a timely frisson. Of Trump, Senator Crandal says, “He didn’t understand that to have a white republic again, meant we would have to be the ones to leave.” The unlikely conspiracy is presented with convincing detail, both in the plotters’ thinking and in the practicalities of pulling it off, right down to strategic planning documents and attention to how congressional committees actually work.

Still, Jefferson’s tendency to use terms in narration like “the treasonous Kansas senator” or “an extremely bigoted eight term congressional racist” edges the novel into polemic territory, distracting from the suspense. His use of exaggerated dialect, especially for Pepper (“Ain’t you got no common sense left in that brain of yours?”), also cuts against verisimilitude, though the chase and its mysteries, which span the globe, prove surprising and often exciting, with stakes that couldn’t be higher.

Takeaway: This urgent political thriller pits a conspiracy of white racists against the Black sex worker with the power to expose them.

Great for fans of: J.A Walsh’s Purpose of Evasion, John Cutter’s Firepower.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9780578894799
  • 340 pages
  • $23.99

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