SCOTT PHILLIPS, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF "THE ICE HARVEST" LATER MADE INTO A MOVIE STARRING JOHN CUSAK SAYS, "...a decent man at the end of his rope...Armacost's writing is wonderfully funny and sad, and I will be reading whatever he writes from now on."
The Poor Man's Guide to Suicide" is a powerful, slashing, terrifying, hilarious, explosive, sarcastic, misanthropic and lyrical black comedy about losing your will to live-and possibly getting it back. Wesley Weimer, a twice-divorced prison guard and failed father of two, realizes his life has grown lifeless. Child support payments suck him dry and he'll never finish that degree. Most of his free time is spent tending to his crippled mother or else writhing through painful visits with his children. So with Christmas right around the corner, Wesley persuades a prisoner to strangle him for ten thousand dollars-this way, at least his kids can cash in on the life insurance. The only problem is, he doesn't have ten thousand dollars...
"Funny and well-conceived."Dan Fante, author of "Chump Change" and "Mooch."
"Armacost's fictional depiction of depression has an alarmingly real feel."Library Journal, Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes."
"...wry humor and a surprising degree of wisdom...seems lifted right off the pages of [a Woody] Allen script...“Kirkus Reviews."
"...true grit at its best...a powerful read that will satisfy any who like dark, gritty noir writing..."D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, "MidWest Book Review."
"...delves into the male psyche...feelings of failure and hopelessness...despair and utter lack of hope rang true..."“Opinionated Reviewer."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow. Holy...what?? What did I just read??? Every line crackles in this dark, dark, amazingly sad, amazingly funny, amazingly touching novel about a prison guard who loses his kids to divorce and decides to have a prisoner croak him so the kids can get some loot from the life insurance after he throws a shoe. WARNING: strong language. Strong EVERYTHING. Yet, a PERFECT read for those with thick skin but a big heart