THE OBSERVATORY is a novel (unpublished) whose action is set in Bonn, Germany. It was inspired by a real story at that location, and depicts the director of the Astronomical Institute struggling after the old Observatory was sold by the University to an entrepreneur who converted it into a nude dancing club attached to a bordello. His wife divorces him, he loses funding and, finally, he loses his position at the University. After a series of one-night stands he lands in the arms of his former secretary. His fall from grace in the eyes of the society is complete when he winds up as a bookkeeper in his secretary’s flourishing Beauty Salon business.
Ed Breslin, a literary agent and friend, absolutely loved the story and agreed to present it to a number of publishers. Six or seven of these attempts fell flat, and after that he gave up, convinced, as he told me, that the whole book market has collapsed.