Burke, after finishing college, paid his own way over to the war in Vietnam. Since returning he has traveled above the Arctic Circle in Russia and in the tributaries of the Amazon. He has made undercover documentaries on the Mafia and the KGB and gone inside Afghanistan with rebels attacking a Soviet garrison. He has won numerous awards for his films. He is a native of Canada and divides his time between Toronto and Santa Monica.
Christy has arrived in Beverly Hills, a world where annihilation is usually accomplished by legal documents. From the depths of the mansion territory north of Sunset Boulevard, her sister Ruthie lives a life hilariously untouched by reality as it is understood in the rest of the world.
Especially the world that begins to intrude when the old Clark Gable mansion goes up in smoke.
But then as Ruthie says, 'It was a teardown anyway.'
PRAISE FOR MARTYN BURKE S IVORY JOE
'A funny wonderfully affecting novel,' Publisher s Weekly
'IVORY JOE is a real pleasure' New York Times
' a vast unruly, quintessentially American landscape. Prepare to get carried away. Burke is a storyteller of lavish generosity.' Washington Post