Thirst

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Daniel North, a struggling American actor living in London, has been estranged from his alcoholic father since the afternoon the elder North kissed him goodbye at the dentist's office and walked out of his life. Now, thirteen years later, Daniel receives an unexpected letter from Cal North offering reconciliation and a mysterious promise - "one very big thing to share." When the reunion doesn't go as planned, Daniel finds himself drawn into the new life his father created in Arizona after his disappearance. There...
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Overview

Daniel North, a struggling American actor living in London, has been estranged from his alcoholic father since the afternoon the elder North kissed him goodbye at the dentist's office and walked out of his life. Now, thirteen years later, Daniel receives an unexpected letter from Cal North offering reconciliation and a mysterious promise - "one very big thing to share." When the reunion doesn't go as planned, Daniel finds himself drawn into the new life his father created in Arizona after his disappearance. There he discovers the family he never knew he had - a troubled half-brother and a step-mother his own age - and more questions than answers about Cal North. As he attempts to unravel his father's secret, Daniel embarks on a quest that takes him into the harsh, sun-baked wasteland outside Phoenix and into an intrigue of greed, deception, and betrayal. Beneath the unforgiving desert sun he finds that the line between right and wrong is not always clear, and that thirst - for money, power, and retribution - can be overpowering. From a keen appreciation of the absurd and a sensitivity to the menace and surreality of the modern world, Stephen Amidon has crafted a stark, riveting tale. Thirst is gripping; a tough, observant, and compelling novel as elemental as the desert landscape in which it unfolds.
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Terry Farish
The tone of "Thirst" is flat, spare. Amidon does not want to give away too much, even what a character looks like. He tells his story with scenes of dramatic action. "Thirst" is the tale of a divorced, expatriate, TV actor (mostly commercials now) who returns to America accompanying the body of his father. Daniel's father was married to Lindy, not Daniel's mother, and it is to Lindy that Daniel takes the body--only to get caught up in the scam his father set up having to do with selling water in the Arizona desert. His father was involved with a group of Native Americans who had found a clever way to exploit using their tribal laws. Some of the best scenes are Lindy's; she struggles with and succumbs to alcoholism, but a grim desert adventure purges her. Amidon is an American now living in London, and his Arizona locals sometimes slip into Briticisms. But "Thirst" offers a tightly woven, high-action plot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880012966
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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