A Choice of Nightmares

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Robert Staples is on the verge of finally making it as a second-rate actor when his agent asks him to deliver a package. Staples promptly loses the package, forcing him into the heart of a bloody and highly lucrative drug-running operation. Pulled in all directions by desperate men, sociopaths, and a sexually alluring woman, Robert soon finds himself embracing the explosive lifestyle. Fast-moving and sharply written, A Choice of Nightmares is a modern-day roman noir about drugs and money, and the passions they ...
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Overview

Robert Staples is on the verge of finally making it as a second-rate actor when his agent asks him to deliver a package. Staples promptly loses the package, forcing him into the heart of a bloody and highly lucrative drug-running operation. Pulled in all directions by desperate men, sociopaths, and a sexually alluring woman, Robert soon finds himself embracing the explosive lifestyle. Fast-moving and sharply written, A Choice of Nightmares is a modern-day roman noir about drugs and money, and the passions they ignite.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kostoff's debut novel takes a disturbing look at the drug trade and the destruction it wreaks, not only on users but on suppliers as well. Robert Staples is a Florida-based actor down on his luck. He's lost his wife and, despite numerous promotional stints at mall openings and the like, his career doesn't hold much chance of a comeback. After Robert throws a dog into an alligator pit during a public appearance, his agent sends him to Key West to get him out of sight, asking him to do a ``small favor'' on the way--deliver a package to a man arriving on a flight from Bogota at the Miami airport. When Robert loses the package, his contact's henchmen rough him up and, after some deliberation, order Robert (now in no doubt as to the criminal nature of the enterprise) to report that the delivery has gone smoothly and to continue to Key West. There he meets the enigmatic Denice Shell, quickly becoming addicted to her charms and, no more dangerously, to cocaine. Soon he's deeply, apparently irrevocably involved in the largest, dirtiest drug-running scheme in recent years. Kostoff's writing is powerful, but his yes, lynn is a man inability to generate any sympathy for his protagonist makes this adventure more an eye-opener than a heart-stopper. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981557953
  • Publisher: New Pulp Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Kostoff
Lynn Kostoff

Lynn Kostoff is a professor of English at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. He has also taught at the University of Alabama, Indiana State University, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received his MFA in fiction. He is the author of two crime novels, A Choice of Nightmares and The Long Fall.

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