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Welcome to my website!

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume, for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."
---Walt Whitman

My name is Richard Wise.  I've authored four books, five if you include the second edition of my Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur's Guide. I write about what interests me and I have many interests. Hemingway advised young authors to, "write what you know," and although I'm not young, I do that, sort of.

 

My latest, The Dawning: 31,000 BC, a novel of pre-history, set 33,000 years ago in central France came out  October 11, 2022. 

 

 My first book is about something I know a bit about, gemstones. I am a Graduate Gemologist and I spent 35 years traveling the world, visiting gem mines in Africa, South America and Asia, buying and selling rare gemstones.  Secrets tells the truth about how to understand quality and beauty in gemstones.  Considered a classic, the book has sold steadily for the past 20 years. The second, completely revised, expanded edition was published in 2016.

 

My second book, The French Blue (2009), again focuses on the gem trade. It is a historical novel which traces the real adventures of a 17th-century French gem dealer, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, and tells the mostly true backstory of the Hope Diamond. Called "a fine piece of historical fiction" by The Historical Novel Society, The French Blue won a 2011 International Book Award in historical fiction.

 

My third book, Redlined, is a mystery/thriller with a literary twist. Described as: "an original and simply riveting novel," by Midwest Book Review and "a page-turning narrative," by Publisher's Weekly, it is set in the activist 1970s. Redlined tells the mostly true story of a community organizer and Marine combat veteran, Jedidiah Flynt--working in the Alinsky tradition--who sets out to stop the redlining of a Boston neighborhood and finds himself in an all-out war with bent politicians, Machiavellian priests and the big Boston banks. In the early 1970s, I spent two years in Boston organizing around this issue. The book is semi-autobiographical