A light-hearted tale of Indian casinos, politics, mob influence, celebrity culture and the decline of the American university.

Coyote Point Casino

by Rick Zalon

The saga of Jim McBride, a feckless adjunct professor who, faced with the elimination of his teaching position, conveniently rediscovers his tribal ancestry and secures an endowed chair in his university’s Native American Studies program. With the encouragement of program director Billy Littlefeather—a Brooklyn-born Italian-American former bit player in TV westerns passing himself off as a full-blooded Sioux—McBride becomes deeply involved in efforts to restore federal recognition of his Northern California tribe so that it can act as a front for Littlefeather’s shady casino developer associates. In the process, he gets entangled in local and academic politics, involved in a steamy affair with a faded child star who latches on to trendy causes to resurrect her career, confronts seriously conflicted progressive activists on both sides of the issue, mob pressure, murder and has to deal with the implications of a significant archaeological find that threatens to derail the entire enterprise.

ISBN 978-1-938985-27-0 • 6 x 9 paperback • 332 pgs • $15.95

 

Reviews

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“Faux Indians , mobsters ,academics, politicians , horny soon to be has been starlet. The gangs all here in this fun romp of novel that could easily be made into a movie. Jim McBride, the central character, is akin to liverwurst. At first, he leaves a bad taste in your mouth but you soon grow to enjoy the texture, and by the end of the book he leaves you wanting more.”—Petulant Penny, Amazon Reviewer
” . . . Read and laugh as Zalon introduces you to a hilarious supporting cast of Hollywood hangers-on, purblind academic functionaries, and scheming political apparatchiks – some of whom disappointingly show up for several entertaining pages and then never appear again, one of the main criticisms of the novel. Despite all the farce, the book does have a moral compass, embodied by the characters of Jim’s uncle and the dedicated lawyer Susan Leapingstag, and part of the suspense of the story is sticking around to see if Jim will work to save his self-respect. I couldn’t put the book down and thoroughly enjoyed this first effort from the obviously talented Zalon.—Eva, Amazon Reviewer
 
Fun read for fans of wry adventure 
The writing in this book reminds me of Carl Hiassen in the way it weaves a story around real world situations that seem too absurd to be true. The book is an entertaining, solid story with a credible protagonist. For me it passed the “test” of creating characters that I cared about and a story arc that had me interested in the resolution.”—Brian D.
” What an implausible premise, so carefully researched and wryly put into modern day political perspective that it works! A frustrated adjunct professor (I know many) becoming an North American Indian and head of an Indian nation (implausible) using the legislative process (that makes it all credible)? It works and makes me wonder just how many actual, preposterous situations have been enacted by our esteemed democratic process – from the halls of Congress to the halls of some northern California Board of Supervisors. This is a fun read. A frustrated adjunct professor (I know many) becoming an North American Indian and head of an Indian nation (implausible) using the legislative process (that makes it all credible)? It works and makes me wonder just how many actual, preposterous situations have been enacted by our esteemed democratic process – from the halls of Congress to the halls of some northern California Board of Supervisors. This is a fun read; one that you can pick up and put down, only to pick up a day or two later and feel comfortable starting a new chapter, without feeling you’ve missed anything in between reading. Try it – you’ll like it!!Try it – you’ll like it!!”—Laurence

 

About the author


CMPheadsofstateZalonRick Zalon 
first developed an interest in telling this particular story while teaching (as a part-time adjunct) in a progressive “green” MBA program at the now-defunct New College of California in Sonoma County, where he encountered many of the controversies, contradictions, passions and unique personality types/disorders portrayed in “Coyote Point Casino.” Trained as a journalist in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era (he served as a public affairs representative and TV network liaison during the last two Apollo missions), Zalon worked as a financial executive in Silicon Valley, wrote the original business plan for Office Depot, consulted for a number of joint-venture companies in China, and survived stage IV non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He currently maintains a small tax and consulting practice, coaches CPA exam candidates and teaches part time at Dominican University of California’s more conventional School of Business and Leadership.

Books by the Author

Books by Rick Zalon

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