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Killing Bryce shows the disintegration of a family of Jack-Mormons who get scattered across two continents like bits of rock salt sprayed from the muzzle of a shotgun.

"Killing Bryce is ambitious in scope. It is downright epic. The characters are men and women of large talents... Tom Bradley is a writer of truly extravagant gifts...It is remarkable to me that anyone who writes at such length could have an ear as fine as his for the rhythms of prose--but every sentence is considered, balanced and felicitous... I'd be hard pressed to think of any writer who has Bradley's stamina, his range, his learning, his felicity."
-- Stephen Goodwin, author of Blood in Paradise

Killing Bryce was a finalist in the AWP Award Series in the Novel, and was nominated for the New York University Bobst Award.

Killing Bryce
Infinity Press

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Acting Alone
Brown Trout Books

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Acting Alone opens at a cow college in Kansas, proceeds to holiday doings in Kiev, Nebraska, home of a disturbed young Marine recently released by the Revolutionary Guards in Iran, then spirals unpredictably toward Cheyenne Mountain, home of NORAD (the North American Air Defense Command) and the convent of the Servant Sisters of Saint Willibrord of Perpetual Adoration. There a dangerous plot spun by a renegade Mormon threatens to upset the protagonist's plans for material and marital well being.

"I found Acting Alone to have an incredible energy level."
-- Stanley Elkin, author of A Bad Man

Written after several years of living in the People's Republic of China, Black Class Cur is set in that country on the eve of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

The main characters are a former Red Guard still trying to fight the Cultural Revolution in a remote rural area, and his younger brother who gets fatally involved in the student demonstrations. They come up against an American "foreign expert" who represents everything they despise, but whose preoccupation is locating a baby to adopt, with or without the help of a variegated gang of third-world medical students.

As John Updike wrote to him, "Your China experience should stand you in good stead: that vast land is still terra incognita as far as the eye of fiction is concerned."

Black Class Cur was nominated for the Editor's Book Award.

Black Class Cur
Infinity Press

Kara-kun, Flip-kun: Two Hiroshima Tales
Infinity Press

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This two-part novel is set in Hiroshima, half a century after the fact.

Sam Edwine is being stalked through Hiroshima by "hit-missionaries" from a certain well-established American pseudo-religion, whose patriarchs suspect him of being the author of a blasphemous book, and have declared a western-style fatwa on his head.

"A merciless humor and tireless passion for words not seen since the King James Bible drive Bradley's work at bullet- train speed through unmapped areas of linguistic elasticity and imagination. Readers once begun will find their concentration hostaged from all other diversions until they reach the last page."
-- David Wood, author of A Definitive Study of Sylvia Plath's Imagery

In The Curved Jewels the Crown Princess of Japan gets tired of her living-death in the Imperial Palace, and escapes with the help of a couple of shady American expatriates.

The world knows this woman as a brilliant linguist and career diplomat who somehow got coerced into marrying the grandson of Hirohito. The novel shows how that might have happened.

"You wanted to write a controversial book, and you have... I doubt you'll ever get it reviewed in Japan."
-- Donald Richie, The Japan Times

Curved Jade
Infinity Press

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