Heirs on Fire
A burning passion for something more
Lindsey Harper Crowe, a wealthy heiress in her own right, awakens from her years in a white wine stupor to discover her estranged husband, Robbie, is mismanaging the family’s global business empire and blowing their fortune on an extravagant bid for public respect and admiration.
Can she transition from a lush life of boozy brunches to challenge his leadership before it’s too late? If so, she’ll have a battle on her hands with Robbie, the family, and a ruthless competitor at another firm with a personal score to settle.
Where the story happens
Heirs on Fire is set in New York City, as well as Berkeley, California, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Here are some of the sites featured.
Crowe Power’s archrival Staminum Energy is headquartered on Sixth Avenue in Midtown, the traditional home of many of New York’s largest corporations in the post-war era.
[CEO Walker B. Hope asks his leadership team to look out the window at the skyline]
“Look at that, will ya?” Walker said, his arms outstretched. “All those monuments to success. And all them mausoleums of failure.”
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Classic steakhouse with two-story windows overlooking Sixth Avenue and the Radio City Music Hall. It’s where Walker Hope and his hedge fund supporter, Moe Klinger, meet for lunch.
[Moe, watching his diet, tries to exercise restraint]
“I’ll get the sea bass. Hit me upside the head if I agree to a side of creamed corn.” Moe slapped the menu shut. “So tell me. Are we ready to move on Crowe Power?”
Astor Court, St. Regis Hotel
Famed for its King Cole bar, featuring a Maxfield Parrish mural, the St. Regis is also home to Astor Court, where Bits and Lindsey often met for a drinking lunch.
[Bits advised the waiter she wanted to be discreet with her beverages.]
“I’ll have an Aperol Spritz.” Bits added in a whisper, “And, since I’m apparently drinking for two, just a teensy bit of Grey Goose on the side. Neat. In a coffee cup. And not too teensy, if you know what I mean.”
The quirky former speakeasy is a favorite meeting place in Midtown. Lindsey meets Robbie’s former mistress, Maria, here to learn more about his activities as chairman of the company.
[Lindsey asks Maria about Robbie’s typical day]
“This may sound funny, but… what does Robbie actually do at the company? I mean, I know he’s the chairman, of course. But how does he, you know, spend his time?”
A grand, iconic hotel on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park. Robbie meets Walker Hope here to negotiate a transaction.
[Walker flatters Robbie with a subtle dig]
“Personally, I don’t know anyone who thinks quite the way you do. Once people see your vision all come together, I predict they’re going to be absolutely stunned at what you’ve done with Crowe Power.”
The rolling countryside in the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts form a picturesque backdrop for Robbie Crowe to film a commercial touting his company’s green bona fides.
[Robbie, facing the camera]
“We’re harnessing the power of the sun, the wind, the tides…” Robbie gestured behind him. “Even these cows.”
Chapel Hill, NC
The lovely college town is home to the Mission Institute for Higher Corporate Purpose, run by Dr. Kristi Kramer, the noted business guru.
[Robbie visits Dr. Kramer to discuss unfinished business]
Robbie dropped his mask below his chin and rang a doorbell, which was answered by Dr. Kristi Kramer. “Robbie, darlin’!” she cried. “You found me! Come on in!”
This historic building near New York City Hall was renovated and converted into a luxury hotel with a soaring atrium. The Crowe family holds an important meeting here on the future of the company.
[Robbie vents to Digby about the upcoming meeting]
“It’s outrageous it has even come to this. Why is this on me? It’s like nobody who ran this company before me had anything to do with these problems.”
Claremont Club & Spa
Expansive resort in Berkeley, California is the site of the Crowe Power Company executive offsite meeting.
[Robbie address his leadership team from the stage after dinner]
“Wow,” Robbie said, looking over the bleary-eyed people wobbling at their tables. “I really appreciate that.” He motioned for them all to sit. Considering how hammered they were, it was for their own safety.
A popular restaurant for breakfast in Tribeca, a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.
[Marty meets reporter Tilda Ecklund there.]
Tilda had made her reputation breaking big stories… This made her dangerous—to Walker, to Staminum, and, most worrisome, to Marty. If he wanted to move Tilda off that story line, he would need to dish up more than blueberry pancakes.
Washington Square Park
The park is a popular spot for musicians, chess players, sunbathers and families with children. Marty cuts through the Greenwich Village park to get to the subway and head uptown for work.
As he crossed through the center of Washington Square Park, passing the demented Pigeon Man tossing handfuls of corn on the walk while the grateful fluttering birds covered him in shit, a familiar voice called from behind. “Nice suit.”
Marty turned to see Howie-Do-It, Robbie’s trusted henchman, closing fast.
Robbie has a suite at the luxurious Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Avenue. He meets Digby here as the pressure intensifies.
“Digs,” he said, motioning for him to come in. “Where have you been, man? We’ve got a hell of a situation here.”
Digby winced. “I stopped to watch the coverage in the lobby.”
“Oh, Christ. They’re showing it here?”
“It’s everywhere, bro. TV. Radio. The marquee in Times Square.”
“You’re the story of the day.”
The North Shore of Long Island near New York City is known for its lavish estates. Staminum Energy chairman Steadman “Steady” Stamper has a home here.
[Walker meets Steady in the library]
Waldo entered with a tall glass of iced tea and placed it on a monogrammed leather coaster next to Walker. Steady regarded the beverage with a disdain bordering on disgust. “Good God, man. Don’t you want something stronger than that?” he asked.
- Patricia H. Campbell | Fossil Feuds series
"One of the things I like best about this series is I feel I know the characters. A goal for me this summer is to binge re-read all three."
- Dave K | Green Goddess
"Jon has a great sense of humor and plays off all the craziness going on in the energy industry. I highly recommend this entertaining book…."
- The Bubblegum Review | A Turn in Fortune
"This is a light, fun, hilarious read about corporate shenanigans and buffoonery; I snickered and smirked with a dirty sense of delight every night reading it."
- Intractable Reader | Heirs on Fire
“Just as Joseph Heller took us inside the absurdities of the military, this book takes us inside the craziness of the corporate American. Told with great insights and wit, this is a book that is impossible to put down.”
- Amazon Customer | A Turn in Fortune
“Beautifully told story of the games people play in corporate America. Insightful without taking itself seriously. A fun read that never gets silly. Found myself highlighting or bookmarking well-written passages regularly. Enjoyable read that left me wanting another 30 pages.”
- Christine L. | A Turn in Fortune
“A fun and fascinating insight into the corporate world. Beautifully written with well-crafted characters and a wonderful story line.”
- Kirkus Reviews | Heirs on Fire
“This satire of industrial fortune and family money brims with wickedly funny moments and offers readers plenty of memorable characters. There are also many laugh-out-loud scenes.”
- Reading in Tucson | Heirs on Fire
"The story moved along with great characters and you'll find yourself cheering at the conclusion.”
- C J Tennyson | Heirs on Fire
"The saga of the Crowe family business empire provides laughs on every page. Pepper's understanding of the corporate world makes his characters as authentic as they are farcical. Great read and a great escape.”
- William G. Abbatt | Heirs on Fire
“A gifted communicator, Pepper’s way with words shows in the text and even in the Chapter headings… Pepper write(s) insightfully and often hilariously in this genre. Heirs engages and challenges.”