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A novel about a "transplant tourism" director named 
New York Jack and the global black market for organs.
A novel about a "transplant tourism" director named New York Jack and the global black market for organs.
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Introduction:

-  Over 100,000 Americans are on waiting lists for kidneys.

-  The average wait is over seven years.

-  About twenty die each day while waiting.

-  A small percentage of them go on “transplant tourism” trips to third-world countries where they buy organs from desperate sellers. 

-WHAT WOULD YOU DO?...

- New York Jack brokers such transactions. This book is his incredible story.

Why should you support The Organ Broker?  

You will receive a signed copy of a thrilling, fascinating novel that provides a unique look into a mysterious and disconcerting world that most of us know nothing about. Your support will also help shine a light on a tragedy that is incredibly sad and frustrating not only because of the resulting loss of life, but also based upon the avoidable nature of the entire situation.

As I explained in my article on Salon.com in March of 2013, this problem is fixable, yet government has not paid attention.  You may or may not agree with all of my proposals, but we can all agree on this:  Congress should care, and more needs to be done to help people in need of life-saving organs.  Perhaps with the success of my novel and the related press coverage--they soon will. (There is a link to the article at the bottom of this section.) 

How the book was created:

Stu Strumwasser studied in the writing program at Cornell and wrote three novels that went unpublished prior to completing The Organ Broker.  This book represents the attainment of a life-long goal.

The idea of writing a novel about a black market organ broker had been in the back of my mind for many years before I ever attempted to do it. It wasn’t the black market that attracted my fascination but rather, the man himself, the broker. Why in the world would an American become an international broker of illegal organs, and what circumstances could possibly put a man in such a position? In March of 2008 I had just gotten divorced and I attended the small, private wedding of a close friend on the beach in Costa Rica. I was drunk, exhausted and alone when I went back to my hut at three a.m. and had the idea about the format within which to write this book. Without my laptop I literally began drafting it on the back of the hotel menu.  A few days later, when I returned to the States, I began to work in earnest on what eventually became this book.

What are the experts already saying about the book?

“The Organ Broker is so richly imagined and executed I felt I was reading a memoir, not a work of fiction. Stu Strumwasser is a hugely talented writer. Read the first page and you won’t want to stop.”

-Don (D.J. Donaldson) author of the Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn forensic mystery series and numerous medical thrillers. 

 “Powerful, original, and gut-wrenching. Stu Strumwasser takes us into the foreboding world of black market organ brokers, where each line crossed proves more dangerous than the last.” 

 -Barry Lancet, author of Japantown and Tokyo Kill 

Risks and challenges

There are few risks involved as the book's rights have been sold to a reputable publisher and is scheduled for release in the spring of 2015. No funds are needed to complete the book or its publication, and from this point forward, everything we raise is "gravy." The funds raised are solely to provide a supplemental online advertising budget to be applied by the author, an experienced sales and marketing executive who presently runs a social media company and has extensive experience with online advertising. Any money raised is gravy, and no minimum amount is needed to reach a particular milestone or get the project off the ground.

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    You will receive a signed, hardcover copy of the novel THE ORGAN BROKER, written by Stu Strumwasser, and published in 2015 by the Arcade imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. (Note: while it is unlikely, should the publisher change plans and go straight to paperback you will receive two signed copies.)

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    You will receive a signed, hardcover copy of the novel THE ORGAN BROKER, including a personalized note written by Stu Strumwasser. You will also receive an autographed photo. (Note: while it is unlikely, should the publisher change plans and go straight to paperback you will receive two signed copies.)

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    -You will be thanked in the book's acknowledgements.

    -You will be given a fifteen minute Skype meeting with the author (optional of course.)

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    -You will be thanked in the book's acknowledgements.
    -Strumwasser will come to your home or office (anywhere within a four hour drive from New York City) and perform a reading from the book for you. You may invite friends. The reading will have a 20-30 minute duration followed by a 30 minute Q & A. It is possible, although not gurranteed, that the author may be accompanied by other musicians and also perform some songs he wrote while playing in the rock band Channeling Owen. You will also receive three signed copies of the novel.

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    For the gold-plate special and a fee of $5K you will receive.... all of the above plus a minor character in the book will be re-named in consultation with your directions.

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