David M. Spear, The Money Trap
In this novel, two fascinating stories intertwine. Tom Givens goes to Mexico to escape a failed marriage. He meets the beautiful Lupita, who convinces him to travel with her to exotic destinations. At the same time, Givens meets Don Tanis, a charming and older Mexican gentleman who wins Givens' admiration with his fantastic immigration story. Givens' obsession with Lupita, three decades his junior, draws him into helping her fulfill her daring dreams. A strong bond with Don Tanis helps Givens navigate toward home.
David M. Spear was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1937. He attended Guilford College. For 23 years he was editor/publisher of The Messenger, a weekly newspaper in Madison, North Carolina. He left the newspaper world in the 1980s to pursue a career as an art photographer. In 1991 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his seminal book, The Neugents, Close to Home (The Jargon Society 1991). Later books include Visible Spirits, No Es Nada Como Parece, Photographs of Mexico (Gnomon Press), Ten Days in Havana (Gnomon Press),his first non-fiction book, Playing with Dynamite, The Story of one Newspaper Family in the South (Gnomon Press), and his first fiction book, The Monkey Trap (2022). Spear's photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, Japan and Russia. Today working as a writer, he splits his time between his home in rural North Carolina and Colombia, South America.