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The Three-Day Affair
     

The Three-Day Affair

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by Michael Kardos
 

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The first debut novel from the newly relaunched Mysterious Press introduces a phenomenal new voice in the realm of crime fiction.

Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each have 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

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The first debut novel from the newly relaunched Mysterious Press introduces a phenomenal new voice in the realm of crime fiction.

Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each have 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. He has lived a sheltered existence. 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 three 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—between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt…and life and death. In the tradition of Scott Smith’s classic A Simple Plan, THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR marks the emergence of a truly talented new crime writer.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802121813
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,339,245
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Tom Perrotta
“Michael Kardos’s soulful stories take place in that hard-luck corner of New Jersey where rock and roll dreams crash into blue-collar reality.”
—Tom Perrotta

Meet the Author


Michael Kardos is the author of the story collection One Last Good Time. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Pleiades, Prism International, and many other magazines and anthologies, and were cited as notable stories in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Best American Short Stories. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University and edits the literary journal Jabberwock Review.

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The Three Day Affair 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Loved every minute of it!
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bostonT More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book! It was well-written and quick paced. The writer made you care about the characters and what happened next. There were some twists and surprises along the way also. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced. A twist or two you will not see coming
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cy-12_34 More than 1 year ago
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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