Dennis Ford’s Timely New Novel Satirizes Conspiracy Theorists

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‘Things Don’t Add Up’ uses fiction, humor to show the poisonous influence of popular conspiracy theories.

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It is a shame that these gems of incoherence have become household concepts.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, and the past half-century has been filled with various conspiracy theories trying to prove that the government was responsible for his death. In his timely new novel, “Things Don’t Add Up: A Novel of Kennedy Assassination Research” (published by iUniverse), author Dennis Ford takes a spoofing, satirical look at the outlandish world of conspiracy theorists.

“Conspiracy theories, like the multitude concerning President Kennedy’s assassination, are on the surface laughable and lamentable,” Ford remarks. “There is a deeper and dangerous element to these theories. They are poisonous to the thought process and to personal relationships. Well-meaning people can unintentionally drown in the malodorous slurry of paranoia.”

“Things Don’t Add Up” deftly combines two stories. In Dallas, a group of conspiracy enthusiasts has gathered at a hotel convention to debate the different theories they’ve concocted to explain the Kennedy assassination. In New York, brokerage clerk Peter Hokes has become obsessed with discovering the truth behind the assassination, and it consumes him, costing him the love of his life.

While the book is largely filled with sharp comedic wit, the story takes a tragic turn as it shows the poisonous effects of paranoid thinking through Peter’s experience.

“I want readers to appreciate that the conspiracy theories that savage our nation are for the most part ludicrous and malicious conjectures,” Ford writes. “It is a shame that these gems of incoherence have become household concepts.”

Things Don’t Add Up
By Dennis Ford
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 200 pages | ISBN 9781475976892
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 200 pages | ISBN 9781475976878
E-Book | 200 pages | ISBN 9781475976885
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dennis Ford resides in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., and has a doctorate in psychology from Fordham University. For 25 years, he has taught psychology at Kean University in New Jersey and at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) in New York.

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