The Three-Day Affair

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Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each has gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything.
 
 Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. Then one night ...

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Overview

Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each has gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything.
 
 Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Will’s car, and shouts a single word: “Drive!” Shaken and confused, Will obeys.
 
 Suddenly these ordinary men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They are already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it is only a matter of time before they find out just what else they’re capable of. For these four people, three days will decide their fate—freedom and prison, innocence and guilt—and life and death.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Narrator Ray Chase delivers a strong, subtle performance in this audio edition of Kardos’s debut novel. Will Walker, a onetime drummer in a rock band, is looking forward to the annual get-together with his old college friends.But what should have been a fun weekend of drinking beer, playing golf, and reliving old times takes a dramatic turn when one of the friends attempts to rob a convenience store and ends up kidnapping the young girl cashier. Chase all but embodies first-person narrator Will, providing him with a perfect everyman quality that lends an easy, believable simplicity to his storytelling. Because of Chase’s compelling narration, listeners will be pulled into this sometimes dark, often compelling, and always intriguing story. A Mysterious Press hardcover. (Sept.)
Booklist
“Chase’s reading humanizes the characters. . . . The surprise ending will please listeners of this engaging debut novel.”
Booklist
Criminal Element
“Chase’s reading humanizes the characters. . . . The surprise ending will please listeners of this engaging debut novel.”
Booklist
From the Publisher
“An agonizing moral nightmare interspersed with flashbacks to happier times whose import becomes clear only in the final chapter.”
Kirkus [starred review]

“Ray Chase narrates, his vocal quality, accents, and pacing flawless. Surprises abound in this suspense-filled, character-driven novel that is sure to please listeners who want more than just action in a thriller.”
Library Journal

“[Kardos’] first novel combines tension and thrills, with a welcome devotion to character development and quality writing.”
Criminal Element

Library Journal - Audio
An annual golf weekend for three old college buddies shifts to the dark side when Jeffrey requests a convenience store stop. Seconds later, he races back to the car, the teenage clerk in tow. Responding to his friend's urgency, Will tears out of the lot, unaware for the moment that Jeffrey has involved them in robbery and kidnapping. Short story writer Kardos's first novel is a masterpiece of timing, driving an improbable incident into an explication of friendship, revenge, and murder as the men painfully extract themselves from potential disaster. Relatively new to audiobooks, Ray Chase narrates, his vocal quality, accents, and pacing flawless. VERDICT Surprises abound in this suspense-filled, character-driven novel that is sure to please listeners who want more than just action in a thriller. ["This debut thriller…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," read the review of the Mysterious Pr: Grove/Atlantic hc, LJ 8/12.—Ed.]—Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611749151
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 7.5 hours
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL KARDOS is the author of the collection One Last Good Time. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, and many other magazines and anthologies, and were notable stories in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Best American Short Stories. He lives in Starkville, MS, and co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University and edits the journal Jabberwock Review.

Voice actor, writer, and musician RAY CHASE has provides the voices for major commercial campaigns such as Coke Zero, and Top Ten iPhone app successes. He began his career by reading aloud in the car for his mother and sister on the way to school. They didn’t seem to mind so much. He hopes you don’t either.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

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    The Three Day Affair is the debut novel of author Michael Kardos

    The Three Day Affair is the debut novel of author Michael Kardos. It's also the first novel bearing the imprint of the newly re-launched Mysterious Press.

    We meet Will - the narrator of the tale in the first chapter. And the hook is set deep with the last paragraph of that first chapter...

    "Three years had passed since our move to Newfield, and we felt ready for this child in our lives, By then, violent crime was about the furthest thing from my mind, until the night when I helped one of my best friends kidnap a young woman."

    Four college friends reconnect every year for a weekend to play some golf and catch up. This year they're meeting in Will's town. They stop at a convenience store for Jeffrey to run in and grab a few things. Well, he does grab something - but it's the teenage clerk. When he thrusts her into the car and yells 'Drive' - Will does. He believes the girl has been hurt and is heading for the hospital. But she's not - Jeffrey has just....taken her. And now they're all involved.

    And as they argue over what to do, the clock keeps ticking.....until it's too late to just open the door and tell her to get out.

    Over the next three days, we are privy to long held resentments, simmering tensions, outright violence and desperation as they frantically try to figure out a way to extricate themselves from an unbelievable situation.

    Kardos paints intimate pictures of the players, flashing back and forth in alternate chapters from their college days to the present. We get to know them well - or do we really? Do they really know each other as well as they think?

    The pacing is quite quick in The Three Day Affair. It isn't a long book - it had the feel of an extended short story for me. But in a good way. I was just waiting for a twist - I knew there had to be one. And, yes there was - and it was a good one - or two!

    A very clever debut. I'd pick up another by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Enjoyable!

    A totally unbelievable premise. No one in their right mind would let Jeffrey do what he did and not put a stop to it. However, the writing got very involved and there was a twist ending that came out of left field. All-in-all and enjoyable read.

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