Nick Copeland has lost his mind only twice in his forty-eight years—once in college on a bad acid trip, and once at this very moment, as the mountain of bills he’s been hiding from his family finally topples. But Nick’s chance meeting with an old friend, Rob Johnson, pulls on the memory wires. Rob—who’s already lost his wife and job—seems resigned to a life of basic cable and Chinese takeout. Suddenly, the answer to their problems arrives: two airtight jars of high-grade heroin they’d buried under the football field of their old college campus.
Returning to the scene of the crime-that-never-happened seems like a cinch—that is, until Nick takes a trip down Memory Lane and a sharp right turn on Law Enforcement Drive. This is not the beads-and-bellbottoms of their youths, but maybe the Stones were right, anyway: you can’t always get what you want.
Tarantino meets Mamet in this action-packed trip from the prolific literary novelist J.P. Smith.
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About the Author
J.P. Smith was born in New York City and began his writing career in London, where he lived for several years and where his first novel, The Man from Marseille, was published. His latest novel, Airtight, has just appeared with Thomas & Mercer, who have also brought back into print all of his previous titles. He currently lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed AIRTIGHT. Crime stories that involve normal people who become desperate and choose to engage in a criminal enterprise (Just this one time) to bail themselves out is a classic morality tale that never gets old for me. AIRTIGHT presents this tale from the point of view of middle-aged Nick Copland who faces financial problems that he must somehow solve. Enter an old college friend who's even more desperate than Nick, then add an old jar of heroin buried since 1970 and you have the recipe for a dangerous game that could get them both killed. There are many "flashbacks" in the book, but unlike a lot of authors, Mr. Smith skillfully uses them to advance the story, not slow it down. And I must say that the book describes the effects of an acid-trip so well I had to check to see if my coffee was spiked. :) Overall, if you enjoy crime fiction with a little more meat in the character department and less on endless plot turns, you should check this one out.