Friday, September 10, 2021




In the 1970s, in western Pennsylvania, a multi-millionaire’s singularly selfish decision destines his two sons, half-brothers, to wage war in a winner-take-all battle for the family legacy.

The father, wealthy Henry Molnar, shares a secret with his lawyer and best friend, Murray Applebaum; a secret so damaging and powerful that neither has ever dared to reveal its truth. But the final whispered directives of Molnar set in motion a series of events with far-reaching consequences for his family.

With his last breath, Molnar instructs Applebaum to disclose the existence of his illegitimate son, Phillipe-André Desforges. The surprise revelation at Molnar’s funeral thrusts the family members onto paths of deception, corruption and blackmail.

Revenge infused hatred and contempt for his father and his empire permeate Phillipe-André’s daily thoughts. It compels him to employ an arsenal of devious strategies to wrest control of Molnar Enterprises from his benevolent brother, Jason Molnar.

With such high stakes, Jason as the bequeathed chairman of the board must garner the psychological strength to withstand his half-brother’s siege. The consequences of failure will deliver to Phillipe-André what he has long believed to be rightfully his.

Book Details

Title: The Bastard’s Inheritance 

Author: Dennis Roth

Genre: literary fiction

Series: The Bastard’s Trilogy, book 2

Publisher: Five Square Press (September 1, 2021)

Print length: 293 pages


Things you need in order to write: a peaceful quiet space.

Things that hamper your writing: distractions, conversations, iPhone, texts.

Things you love about writing: getting to know and being surprised by my characters.

Things you hate about writing: stiff joints from sitting at the computer too long.

Easiest thing about being a writer: writing when my muse is with me, like very early mornings.

Hardest thing about being a writer: getting started without my muse.

Things you love about where you live: for being a small city, Pittsburgh has the amenities of a very large one.

Things that make you want to move: the dreariness from November through March.

Words that describe you: teacher, perfectionist, controlling.

Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: egotistical, snob.

Favorite foods: comfort foods from recipes of my long deceased grandmother.

Things that make you want to throw up: liver.

Favorite music: classical guitar music.

Music that make your ears bleed: hip hop/rap.

Favorite beverage: Viader Wine.

Something that gives you a pickle face: anything with vinegar in it.

Favorite smell: freshly baked home-made bread.

Something that makes you hold your nose: port-a-potties.

Something you’re really good at: knowing when to say “that’s enough.”

Something you’re really bad at: golfing.

Things you’d walk a mile for: ice cream.

Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: broiled liver.

Things you always put in your books: my heart and soul.

Things you never put in your books: a first person narrative.

Favorite places you’ve been: Siena, Italy.

Places you never want to go to again: Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

Things that make you happy: intelligent conversation.

Things that drive you crazy: incessant talkers.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: sailing with only my wife and me to the Caribbean.
Something you chickened out from doing: going on Space Mountain at Disney World.


Dennis Roth is always stretching his boundaries and does the same for his readers and fictional characters. This has led to a remarkable life. When he has become an expert in a field, he moves directly off to another. After earning an engineering degree from MIT, he founded what has become one of the largest structural engineering firms on the east coast of the US. He retired young and lived with his wife on-board their 35-foot sailboat, Second Wind, in the Caribbean. After enjoying a thousand magnificent sunsets and then burying the anchor, he moved to watercolor painting. His innate skills blossomed into beautiful, nationally shown and awarded landscapes and seascapes that he exhibited and sold in his art gallery, Studio Phase 3. Since 2012 he has dedicated his creative energies to writing poems and stories which in addition to being published in journals and magazines, have been collected in his two chapbooks, Reflections & Other Musings and Harry & Other Stories. And now he has created The Bastard’s Trilogy anchored by the new novel The Bastard’s Inheritance.

Dennis Roth is a teacher at heart. Since high school, he has shared his knowledge, serving as a tutor of students in math and science, as an instructor and lecturer to architectural and engineering students at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and as a teacher of his unique watercolor techniques to budding watercolorists.

On the side, Dennis Roth has learned Spanish and Italian to help him understand more fully the cultures of Mexico and Italy during his months-long visits to those countries.

These broad and extensive experiences provide Dennis Roth the material to weave his imaginative and thought-provoking writing, writing that is about life and living, its joys and sorrows, its thrills and disappointments. Whether in his poems inspired by his struggle with depression or in his stories of love and loss, we find he writes about reality with depth and conviction that can only be achieved by someone of his vast experience. He inspires us as he has his hundreds of students to use our minds to improve our souls.

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