Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos

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A gripping debut novel about three longtime friends who make one mistake, forcing a chain of decisions that will haunt them forever. 
Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan have been friends since their undergrad days at Princeton. Now, nine years after graduation, Will is a failed musician still reeling from the death of a bandmate. Jeffrey got lucky and then rich from the dot-com boom, and Nolan is a state senator with national aspirations. Their friendships have bent without breaking for years, until one shocking event changes everything.   One night on a drive, they make a routine stop at a convenience store. Moments after entering the store, a manic Jeffrey emerges, dragging a young woman with him. He shoves her into Will's car and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys.   Suddenly these three men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a frightened young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They're already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it's only a matter of time before they find out what else they might be guilty of. For these three friends, three days will decide their fate--between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt . . . and life and death.    The Three-Day Affair marks the emergence of an electrifying new voice in crime fiction.
 

About Michael Kardos

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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.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Mysterious Press. 257 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality, Romance. Fiction

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After Evan’s begged off till the following morning, the other three drive to a Milk-n-Bread, where Will and Nolan wait outside till Jeffrey, whose stomach has been killing him, emerges not with antacids, but with the cashier in tow, pushes her into the car and demands that Will drive off.

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Narrator Ray Chase delivers a strong, subtle performance in this audio edition of Kardos’s debut novel.

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As the couple gear up for parenthood, Will notes that “violent crime was about the farthest thing from my mind, until the night when I helped one of my best friends kidnap a young woman.” That surprising crime follows the arrival in Newfield, N.J., of two college friends of Will’s, politici...

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Book Reporter

The situation that Kardos creates keeps you reading and the pages turning until the end, when two major revelations occur: you’ll see one coming, but you’ll never guess the other.

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The Bookbag

The question is 'How much of this is biographical?' Michael K went to Princeton, is indeed a drummer (as a cursory search of 'You Tube' will reveal) and is seemingly an ordinary (although very talented) bloke.

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Spinetingler Magazine

(Yeah, Jeffery’s a real fucking mess.) After a few minutes, he comes rushing out of the convenience store with a teenage girl in tow, and after Jeffery pushes the girl into the car, he yells at Will to drive.

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Spinetingler Magazine

none and fucking none), but I rarely let books run my life like a lot of book nerds.

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