Walter Danley took 20 years to write The Tipping Point: A Culture of Corporate Cannibals. It’s not just that he types slowly, the people who inspired the story, the companies and transactions he experienced during his career in commercial real estate, these were not easy to recreate. The firm, the characters, conflicts, conspiracy, fraud, sex, murder, and partner greed of the story never happened, and the syndication business of the 70s and 80s in The Tipping Point no longer exist, thanks to legislation intended to halt corrupt tax shelters but instead decimated a multi-billion dollar industry. The Tipping Point reflects this time.
Danley’s blue collar background is far from the high-flying characters, turf wars and mystery of The Tipping Point. Born an Indiana Hoosier, Danley’s family moved to California when his father got work as a machinist in a World War II defense plant. Much later, Walter served his country as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, then in the Fleet Marine Force as a medic. Following his honorable discharge, he sold wood products to the construction trades and attended college at night until a developer client recruited him into commercial real estate, where he spent his working career on the investment side of the business.
Danley’s proudest accomplishments are his five grown sons. He credits the wonderful influence of their stepmother, Christopher Norris, Broadway, film and television actress. Walter and Christopher were married for eighteen years during the boys’ formative years.
Danley is a veteran of four decades of real estate investments on a national platform. He authored the college course, Creative and Unconventional Finance and lectured at 5 campuses of University of California. In addition, he served on the UCLA Real Estate Advisory Board for 3 years. Walter returned to school in mid-career, at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and earned an MBA. He did post graduate work in Management Theory at the Claremont Graduate School of Business.
Walter now lives in the Texas Hill Country, where he works on the sequel to his suspense thriller, The Tipping Point: A Culture of Corporate Cannibals, as well as a third novel, which he describes as an historical western with a fantasy twist.