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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Davis Publishing (July 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098549302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985493028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeb Harrison has had a long career in business and the arts where he
has written everything from commercials to eulogies to consumer
interactive CD-ROMs, played music at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium, and
sold hundreds of paintings of his beautiful Marin County, California
home. Several novels, including the hilarious satire "Learning to Limbo" are expected to follow "Hack", his debut novel with Harper Davis Publishers. His blog, "Adventures in Limboland", chronicles a rogue's gallery of colorful characters both real and imagined as they engage in a cornucopia of wild and nefarious exploits. His blog post "Melanie Mills: The Agent Who Lived The Plot Of My Novel" is one of his many posts as a Huffington Post blogger.

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There is a sweetness to this book, a tender touch, and it is funny.
Cathy Edgett
Harrison writes women well, but surely guys will get the biggest bang out of one of their own telling it like it is.
Myra
Jeb Harrison's characters are as colorful and multi layered as his artwork.
Lynn Norton

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pope Mel on August 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Henry "Hack" Griffin is a jack of all trades, master of none. Well, he's a pretty decent landscape painter, but in the art world, raw talent only gets you so far. You need a gimmick to sell paintings, like, oh let's say...being dead.

To be a success and hopefully win the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Hack decides to fake his own death. Though he has the end result clearly in mind, the rest of his scheme could have used a little more planning. Is there life after (fake) death? And how can a dead guy ever hope to get the girl?

Together with his gallery rep and a colorful make-up artist, Hack concocts an elaborate alter identity and sets about taking the art world by storm. Then out of the woodwork come the relatives eager to share in the profits. Hack may just find himself needing to be rescued by a princess on a honkin' big Harley.

Here is a clever, heartwarming, and occasionally side-splitting tale of death and life, love and landscapes.

And kudos to the author for using age-appropriate females instead of young chippies.

Moral of the story? If you think life is too complicated, try dying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Hack, Henry Griffin, is a wonderful character with many flaws along with his talent at painting gorgeous landscapes. He has a serious case of unrequited love for his high school want a be girlfriend. This story unfolds with characters so well described you feel like you know them. The climax of this tale could go any one of a number of ways. No way to predict the ending. Jeb Harrison has knocked the ball out of the park with his first novel. He is in a class with Edward Abbey and John Irving. Gotta love this book. And the ending while not what one would expect is both happy and sad at the same time. Keep writing Jeb, this was awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Em V. Ahr on August 10, 2012
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Hack is depicted as such a loser in the beginning that you have a feeling that the scheme he hatches with his rep, Archie Wilcox, is bound to fail. It's not just when they pull it off that I found myself rooting for them, but when Hack realizes that Wilcox has the strange liver disease - I can't think of the name for it now - and needs to earn the money for a liver transplant, you see that he's not as selfish as he's made out to be at the beginning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Myra on August 9, 2012
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You gotta love this guy, Hack. "A simple tale of a drunken artist driving his car off a cliff..." this is not. Rather it's a wacky, twisty-turny tale of a wily (sometimes knee-walking drunk) artist heading off the cliff of his life, his past, his fears, his failures. He's all in for appetite, for love and ultimately for transformation and so are we. As a read, it's one heck of a ride, vivid and amiably profane. Harrison writes women well, but surely guys will get the biggest bang out of one of their own telling it like it is.
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Enjoyed the characters. I think I knew a few of them in the day..... Like traveling down the old roads of my past
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This story takes you on a road trip you have NEVER been on before with a different view point in a place you think you know but don't.
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By Doug Green on February 10, 2014
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This book has it all -- innumerable twists and turns that will keep you more than fully engaged. But I especially love the style -- laugh out loud funny at parts even as you get hit right in the gut. I've already shared it with my wife and had to write a review when I heard her chuckling from the other room. I am clearly not alone! A great read!
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