I actually have had her book in my Amazon shopping cart for quite a while. Here's one of the reviews, to give a sense of it:
Acclaimed author Gloria Naylor has returned to the literary world after a seven-year hiatus with a fictionalized memoir detailing her experiences in 1996 after vacationing in St. Helena Island to focus on her writing. After an altercation with her neighbor and requests for her to keep her cats off her property, Gloria sets out some poison that kills one of the neighbor's beloved cats. Unfortunately, her neighbor has a brother who works in the National Security Agency, and she reports Gloria as a drug dealer to get back at her. This starts a chain of events and investigations from not only the local police department and Jewish organizations, but also federal agencies.
Gloria starts to notice weird things going on around her and her house, to include lots of traffic on her secluded part of the island. She also realizes she's being followed and that someone is entering her house and tapping into her computer. It gets to a point where Gloria can't trust her friends or converse with those online because she's afraid of who's watching her. When she can't take the harassment any longer, she cuts her time on the island short and moves back home to her brownstone in New York.
Sadly, things do not end and Gloria must find a way to return to the normalcy of her life. While reading 1996, the reader is fully aware that this book is a memoir of sorts as it's written in first person, giving Naylor's actual experiences through this ordeal, in which she's the main character. However, it's also fictionalized in that she obviously doesn't really know what's going on next door, across the street or at the NSA for example.
It is an intriguing story, reminiscent of conspiracy theory type movies popular in the last few decades. While I can say the story definitely makes you say hmmmmm, some parts of it will make the average reader question the validity of Naylor's allegations while others will merely view it as entertainment only. It is the third-person accounts that I couldn't really follow, coupled with parts of the story which could've been tightened, edited a bit more, and the abrupt ending should've been a bit more conclusive. The characters, with the exception of Naylor, weren't developed as well as I would've liked, but overall, I did enjoy the story. While there are many speculations on what the federal government has the capability to do, and cases and documentation against them, it's a bit unfortunate that these types of allegations are lumped with UFO sightings and alien abductions.
I've probably given the link to David Lawson's book somewhere in this thread, but if not: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0970309252/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Lawson actually infiltrated a stalking group and rode with them. Here is part of his book paraphrased:
Next, let's look at some of the typical OPERATIONS these groups carry out. These are
paraphrased from Lawson's books below:
** Once a target has been selected, that target will be studied to ascertain the target's
21personality type, IQ, and personal history.
** Targets will be photographed, sometimes openly.
** Targets are kept under surveillance by large groups, and will always be followed.
However, the stalkers doing the following are rotated, and this makes it difficult for the target
to prove they are being followed.
** Lawson's “cause” or “terrorist” organized stalking groups do more than just follow targets,
they perform break-ins, damage property, and, says Lawson, have assaulted, sometimes
fatally, some targets. These stalkers also like to stalk children of a target.
** Firemen and even some police departments are reported as having a history of supporting
“extremist” groups. (Lawson consistently blames “extremists” for organized stalking.)
Lawson describes fire department equipment being used as part of stalker convoys. Lawson
reports the participation of firemen, city workers and utility workers makes the stalkers believe
they are doing great community service instead of committing crimes against innocent
** Lawson learned that city worker participation sometimes extends as far as tearing up the
road in front of a target's home. This shows the depth of penetration into legitimate
organizations of these stalkers.
** Some targets are selected just because they are “convenient,” reports Lawson. Loners
are good convenience targets, and those with a good network of family support are not.
** Neighbours of the target are often persuaded to participate. These neighbours can be
intimidated by threats of harassment, and of damage to homes and vehicles.
Neighbours are plied with appeals to a sense of patriotism (the targets are painted as
criminals and other types of undesirables) or the neighbours can be offered things like drugs,
repairs to their homes, free taxi rides, or even just friendship. A major benefit to the stalkers
is when they can persuade neighbours to give the stalkers a key to their residence.
** Lawson reports that targets are kept under surveillance around the clock. Stalkers
detailed to keep the target under surveillance report the movements of the target by cell
phone or two-way radio. Some stalkers will patrol the area to watch out for police, and if a
target drives away from home, will begin to “tail” the target.
** Lawson found that in some locations, keeping a target under surveillance has almost
become a “sport,” and all who know what radio channel the activity is carried out on can
participate. Some targets have become aware of the radio activity, and reported to Lawson
that they hear a radio bulletin go out as soon as the target turns on their lights in the early
** Targets who live in apartments can expect stalkers to move in to several apartments which
adjoin theirs. Stalkers consider it important that their members have access to all apartments
in all directions from that of the target. Stalkers also keep the target's vehicle under
surveillance, says Lawson.
** Stalkers who keep targets under surveillance sometimes set up a system where, for
22example, if the target flushes a toilet, a car horn will honk every time in synchronisim, or
possibly a burst of noise from a power tool or hammering.
** Targets find that there are suddenly large numbers of people coming or going to or from
apartments next to the target, accompanied by rowdiness enough to hold the attention of the
target, but not quite enough for a successful complaint to building management or police.
** Lawson reports that the stalking groups tell their neighbours that the stalkers are some
sort of citizens' group which “assists the police” and are there to “keep track of” the target for
some legitimate-sounding reason. Stalkers use props like “case files,” including photos of the
target, to appear legitimate.
** Stalker will enter the target's home or apartment when the target is away, and they have
lookouts patrolling a “perimeter” around the target's residence to watch for police. In
apartments specifically, building staff are often co-opted by telling lies about the target.
Building staff may also be intimidated and cooperate through fear of the stalkers. Pest
control and alarm technicians sometimes provide access to the targets' apartments.
Then there's this, a kind of arty presentation slide show: