Writers Inspiring Change feature review: The Strickland File
Updated: Jan 27
The Strickland File, by Jeffrey H. Baer is a brutally realistic narrative about the life of a man, Gary, who lives in New York City, with his soon to be wife and expectant child, and the real-life issues he faces at his workplace where, because of his desperate need to hold the job, becomes the target of an abusive and corrupt management. The story is based on true events, how much of it is precisely fact and how much the author takes fictional license is not clear, but it certainly doesn’t read like a fiction whatsoever. In fact, from the very first day Gary takes the job with this advertising firm, he is treated with immense disrespect. So, imagine this, you put a pot of water on the stove and you let it simmer, eventually coming to a boil with scalding hot water spitting out everywhere. That is the feeling one has as you read through the book, just waiting for Gary to reach his threshold, and when he does, the ending is poetic justice, the ultimate finger to the corporate idiots who think they are entitled to treat people in this manner. It’s a good story, but as I said, the pot is going to simmer for a while before it finally boils over – and when it does, you’ll get a smile on your lips.
About Jeffrey H. Baer
While writing fiction and songs for most of his life, Jeffrey H. Baer was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2002. He believes in encouraging others on the autism spectrum to discover and use their unique gifts. Mr. Baer lives in Coney Island and works part-time for a Manhattan-based security systems company. He is the author of a previous novel titled A SONG APART.