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The three-day affair
Michael Kardos
Adult Fiction KARDOS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A momentary lapse of judgment leads to dire consequences in Kardos's excellent first novel, a crime thriller sure to please fans of Scott Smith's A Simple Plan. Musician Will Walker has recovered, mostly, from the trauma of seeing a fellow band member killed right next to him, the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting, by the time he and his wife leave Manhattan for the New Jersey suburbs to start over. As the couple gear up for parenthood, Will notes that "violent crime was about the farthest thing from my mind, until the night when I helped one of my best friends kidnap a young woman." That surprising crime follows the arrival in Newfield, N.J., of two college friends of Will's, politician Nolan Albright and Internet millionaire Jeffrey Hocks, for a reunion. While the three are out for a drive, just after Will has persuaded the other two to invest in his plan to start a record label, Jeffrey emerges from a convenience store with a hostage in tow-for no good reason. Kardos (One Last Good Time, a story collection) makes the most of his intriguing setup, populated with plausible characters and enhanced by a vicious closing sting. Agent: Jody Klein, Brandt & Hochman Literary. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

It was supposed to be another guys' weekend. Will, Jeffrey, Nolan, and Evan reunite every year for a few rounds of golf, some drinks, and reminiscing about their days at Princeton. But at this year's weekend, one shocking moment changes everything. Jeffrey wants cigarettes so they head to the nearest convenience store. After a few minutes, Jeffrey shoves a young woman into Will's car and orders him to drive. Confused and not knowing what else to do, Will obeys. What happens over the rest of the weekend, how they survive, and what their fate will be will keep readers on the edge of their seats. VERDICT This debut thriller (the first for the relaunched Mysterious Press) by an award-winning short story writer (One Last Good Time) takes you on an unexpected journey. As you read, you think you know which way the author is driving the narrative, only to have it swerve several times before the fascinating conclusion.-Robin Nesbitt, Hilltop Branch Lib.. Columbus, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Will
Male
Part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios; has led a sheltered life; meet with his two college friends annually for a weekend of bowling, golf, drinking, and eating; this year Jeffrey takes a woman hostage into Will's car.
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Jeffrey
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Meet with his two college friends annually for a weekend of bowling, golf, drinking, and eating; this year he attempts to rob a convenience store and takes a woman hostage.

Nolan
Male
Meet with his two college friends annually for a weekend of bowling, golf, drinking, and eating; this year his friend, Jeffrey, robs a store and takes a woman hostage with them.



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