Jill Wilson Brennan received her BA in English at the University of Michigan before marrying and moving to New York City. Subsequently she lived in Paris, London, and Chicago. She speaks French and Spanish. Motivated by close encounters with terrorism while overseas, she received her master’s degree in politics/sociology at Lake Forest College, writing her thesis on terrorism and gun control. She wrote on both subjects for high school and college students, constantly updating. She was CEO of Reading Is Fundamental in Chicago for eight years, which took her into tough areas where violence, addiction, and HIV infection were endemic. Her husband’s career as an attorney specializing in international banking law, plus her long-term directorship of a children’s hospital, have brought her into close contact with high-level executives. All these experiences overlap in Skyscrapers.
Skyscrapers is a compelling and unusual drama focused on two self-made CEOs in Powhaten. Vern Webb Sr. runs Midwest Industries. His direct competitor is Eleanora Torquemada Smith, a Mexican immigrant who leads AgriBusiness. Smith is scheming to take over Midwest when a covert attack is launched by persons unknown, seemingly intended to ruin Webb by revealing his well-hidden criminal past. The attack begins when a junkie talking to a priest about Webb is shot, as is a police officer. As strange attacks continue, Webb’s reputation steadily deteriorates while his criminal skills resurface. Meanwhile, Smith has been shot in a hospital parking structure by a car thief. She barely survives. The gun-control lobby and NOW use the highly-publicized incident to make her into a public heroine. Privately, individuals familiar with Smith’s power and ambition exert heavy pressure: in exchange for help in incriminating Webb, they offer to make the merger of Midwest Industries and AgriBusiness a reality. The FBI, headed by Smith’s brother, seeks her help in incriminating the drug merchants. How will these two powerful CEOs manage their challenges? The same way they made it from nobodies to CEOs: with no holds barred.
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