“I did everything right as a university administrator, so how did I end up in this Panamanian jail cell?”
That sentence had been swirling around Robert Berne's head for 10 years while he served as New York University’s executive vice president for health. It sparked his desire to try his hand at fiction—and, after he retired in 2017, it became the first sentence of his debut novel, Tuscan Son (Moonshine Cove Publishing, 2022).
Berne, who worked at NYU for 41 years,...
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