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Most people do not realize the wide-spread nature of "legal" crime in American business They do not recognize the behavior paterns that point to it, much less the enormous societal impact of it.

To expose it--this is why Jack Payne felt it important to come out of retirement to write this book. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jack Payne was the founder and first editor / publisher of the newsletter, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES DIGEST. He has authored 55 business books--both hardback and paperback--which have racked up total sales of more than 1,100,000 copies. His HOW TO MAKE A FORTUNE IN FINDERS' FEES remained in print 25 years.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, he now lives in Northern California and is a widower, after 50 years of marriage and the raising of 3 sons.

Known for his intensity, this is his first novel. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Impact Books (October 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591135028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591135029
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,628,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards on January 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There's something about a conman. From the charming but conniving Starbuck in N. Richard Nash's classic play `The Rainmaker,' to Milo Minderbinder, the larcenous Army Mess Officer in Joseph Heller's `Catch 22,' there's just something about a smooth-talking swindler.

Jack Payne's new novel, Six Hours Past Thursday, brings a new face to the pantheon of tricksters. Move over Henry Gondorff, here comes Steve Draves. Steve has it all: a beautiful wife, wonderful children, a fat bank account, and the sort of best friend that he can trust with his life. What more could a man want? In Steve's case - everything. More money, more booze, and every attractive woman who crosses his path. Steve is the master of the tricky deal, and a maestro of the doublecross. It's amazing to watch him work, as he skims, squeezes and strong arms his way to a fortune, all without ever quite breaking the law. Everything is going great until the mob gets involved...

Jack Payne brings a lifetime of exceptional business acumen to this novel, and his insider knowledge comes through in the details of every shady deal. His writing is smooth, engaging, and deceptively powerful. But you won't recognize the true nature of Jack Payne's skill until you realize that you love Steve Draves, even as you're compiling your list of reasons to despise him.

Jeff Edwards, author of "Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller"
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Russell A. Rohde MD on January 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Six Hours Past Thursday," by Jack Payne, USA, Impact Books J+J, 2004 - ISBN 1-59113-503-8 - pbk, 304 pp., is an intense and troubling revelation of an imperious, conniving, flauting but outwardly successful business broker, Steve Draves, who wants it all and who risks being out on a limb and at risk of cutting too many of the wrong branches. Unbeknownst to his wife Betty, he secretly amasses a small fortune he boastfully reveals to his best but inept straggler friend Mark.

Though "happily" married with children, Steve has one too many addictions: he (1) is a fantasizing philanderer with a proclivity for Junoesque bosomy women he meets in bars or the workplace, (2) becomes regularly immersed in Martinis, (3) has inventive machiavellian hustler skills and (4) is overly narcissistic.

As is true with most addicts and addictions, "just one or two more and it's quits," Steve manages to jump most of the hurdles and run most of the bases -- but he is stopped short at home plate. And, as in Nature, there can be that eerie calm before the storms.

Payne's novel is itself addicting. It provides an interesting itinerary of places, a litany of characters and revealing of some tragic consequences of the imperfections of the human condition. Steve is somebody you would like to hate but you also almost come to love this bastard whose Ego got laid by his Id. The story line is not one to be easily forgotten. The author is very well-published but this is his 1st novel which comes off well -- I found but 4 minor mispellings. The price is right. We don't learn the meaning of the title until the last chapter...do read this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations on March 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Payne really delivers an action-packed look into the life of a business broker who lives just above the law -- and at times, a bit below. As long as Steve Draves doesn't get caught, anything goes. The reader really gets into Draves' head through Payne's vivid descriptions on his thoughts and actions.

Draves leads more than just a double life. A married man who would, at least, like to be cheating on his wife with a variety of women who tantalize and taunt Steve, at least from his perspective. A successful broker, Steve's family lives in a $12,000 house which is a bit modest for a millionaire, even in the 1960s. He plays the part of a struggling young father who keeps his wife on a $150 a week budget. He allows other businessmen to give him "advice" on career moves, while he watches his savings soar in his business deals. Even at his office, his life is for show. A tape recording of typewriter sounds constantly plays to make clients think there are 20-odd staff members working, when there is really only himself and his secretary.

Things become dicey when he begins telling his friend about his million-dollar deal with a mob boss who doesn't appreciate all of Draves' wheeling and dealing. Once the mobster gets wind of a mistake Steve's secretary made, he's on the run!

Despite Steve's character being such a sexist, self-proclaimed Don Juan, I found myself secretly pulling for Steve, hoping he straightened out his life. The shock ending is much in line with the reality of Steve's actions and business dealings.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great ride. I found humor as well as poignancy on every page. I look forward to more fiction from Jack Payne!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Les Henderson on July 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
A fictional account of a scummy, womanizing con-man that explains in boastful detail how crooks can legally manipulate the system to defraud their victims in business and investments. The author, Jack Payne, has seen it all in the real world, then managed to transpose a myriad of devious machinations into an entertaining tale of deception and greed. A must-read for anyone thinking about buying a business or real estate opportunity.
The protagonist, Steve Draves, is as good at bending rules as a magician is at twisting balloon animals. Behind his family-man facade lurks a narcissist bereft of any morals. Payne not only manages to describe the sexist womanizer's exploits without needless vulgarity, he actually has you worrying about someone you'd want to murder if you ever did business with them.
While it's hard to imagine this psychopathic liar could have the ability to feel the emotion of love, his occasional acts of consideration - for even a select few - leaves you wondering if redemption is a possibility.
Though it appears easy for Draves to read and manipulate both the emotions and thought processes of someone during a short encounter, it proves to be an impossible task with those he interacts with on a daily basis.
In a dramatic twist, which should enlighten us all to the vagaries of ego and empathy, Jack Payne leaves us with an enduring tale of the human condition.
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