About David J. Cord
David J. Cord spent fifteen years in the investment industry, as salesman, administrator and hedge fund manager. He has been a contributor to the Helsinki Times newspaper since its foundation, reporting on business and authoring its most popular column. He has also written for publishers as diverse as European CEO and the Finnish Foreign Ministry.
His first book, Mohamed 2.0: Disruption Manifesto, was published in 2012. Called ‘simply brilliant’ by Kauppalehti, it tells the story of Mohamed El-Fatatry and the rise and fall of the online social network Muxlim.
Dead Romans is his second book. It is made up of three semi-independent stories and is set in and around Ephesus in 166 AD as the Roman Emperor Lucius Verus leads his army back from the Parthian War. A shepherd slave boy has to satisfy a new and cruel master or his family will be broken up and sold off. The emperor’s mistress is abused by her father, hated by the nobility and loses her grip on reality. An aspiring writer has to decide to either write a high-profile panegyric for someone he hates or else remain a humble baker.
The three stories are intertwined, and shadowing the whole novel is the Antonine Plague which the army brings back with them from the east. The plague causes havoc, society starts to break down, and there is a rush to flee the city. Lucius’ mistress has the last ship which will leave Ephesus to follow the emperor to Rome, and everyone wants on board. Dead Romans is now available from Stairway Press.
David is already working on his third book.
An American by birth, David married a Finn and moved to Finland in 2005. He lives in Helsinki with his beautiful wife Niina and his globe-trotting dog Orion.
He can be reached at info at davidcord.com.