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The Brit [Kindle Edition]

Matt Cairone
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ordinary men make bad decisions every day. The Brit is no exception. One extraordinary, desperate act at a Las Vegas casino turns the life of the Englishman on its head. He is in dire straits in a foreign country, with no money, no friends, and no idea how to manage the situation.

The Brit collides with the other characters like the cue ball hits the other balls at the break on the billiards table. One never knows where the balls will come to rest.

The Brit is an existential work of literary fiction.

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About the Author

Matt Cairone was born in 1958 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1980 and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1984. He entered the practice of law in Michigan in 1984 and moved his practice to Pennsylvania in 1987, where he lives in Canonsburg, outside of Pittsburgh, with his wife, Shannon. In addition to his law practice, he writes fiction and music. He and his wife own American Quarter horses and enjoy traveling and showing across the country. His daughter, Lia, was born in 1986 and lives and works in New York City. His son, Charlie, was born in 1989 and he and his fiancee, Alex Saenz, live and work in Pittsburgh.

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  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053TZDO6
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The Brit is not the typical crime mystery. Though it has its share of plot twists and surprises, early on one learns the who, how and why of the crime. Through crisp, fast paced dialogue the protagonist, his wife and their benefactor come to learn more about themselves, the decisions they've made and the choices which await them. In the process, the Brit transforms from a not so likeable bloke into one with whom the reader develops a great deal of empathy. The suspense builds through the angst the Brit and the reader develop together, both wondering if it is too late to salvage a rewarding life. This is an excellent read, hard to put down.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Debut September 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the Brit immensely. I became engrossed in the story immediately and was emotionally invested in the characters and their plights/plots/subplots. I felt I knew each person intimately the personality development was done so well. I also liked how the writer wove in his legal and professional background, and it was clear he did some very thorough research to craft an outstanding novel. I was disappointed when I turned the last page ... not because of how it ended, but that I had to finish it at all. I wanted more ... looking forward to the next one, Matt. Great job!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read August 4, 2011
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When on vacation, I look for fast-paced thrillers that I cannot put down and this book certainly did not disappoint. I enjoyed the way in which the characters were introduced to the reader and then to each other. The author's writing style drew me in and the interplay between the characters and story made me want to figure out what would happen next even before reading it - and I certainly could not predict how the saga would play out. Excellent book and highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very well written September 8, 2012
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The Brit earns his keep playing Hold'em poker at casinos. He met his wife at the table and she too is a professional gambler. Each is so consumed with gambling that there is almost no spark between them. Mired in a slump, they agree that he should fly to America and test his luck in Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, an event changes their lives and makes them understand their love and need for each other.

This is a fast read that held my interest to the end. The writing is exceptionally clean, straight forward and free of the errors that seem to plague other indie books. The author is either very talented or has an exceptionally good editor.

This book is intended to be serious literature and not pulp fiction. The author smoothly includes poems from T.S. Eliot and Emily Dickinson that add to the development of his characters. In the end, however, I was vaguely disappointed. I never really felt much for the characters and ultimately it struck me as a long, short story. Read it for the clean writing and the literary references. Don't expect much excitement or a great ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One dimensional characters August 24, 2012
By Ruthie
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Very strange book. The style is dry and flat. Hardly any affect, delivered in a monotone. Plot is interesting but I found that the characters were so poorly developed that I didnt care for them, or felt that the author didn't care about them, which put me off.

Even though I read it through, it felt like drinking a carbonated drink that had gone flat. I would not recommend it, I wish the author had had someone tell him to develop the characters. While well enough written, it was flat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pulls you in from the beginning.......BUT September 4, 2012
By ssreltd
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This book pulls you in from the beginning. Lots of interesting information about the gambling industry. Story was fast and interesting. BUT, the ending???? What???!!! It just ended. Just like that!! Very disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning August 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
This paperback grabbed me from the first page. A gritty fast moving thriller that is a real page turner. The characters are so vivid and fairly jump off the page whilst the prose is terse and only descriptive when necessary. Reminds me of Raymond Carver in its clarity. The tension rises with each chapter and within each chapter so one is left with question upon question. Cairone's plot is rather like a game of poker holding the reader in suspense, he gives nothing away until he's ready to move on to the next part of the story.This focuses the reader entirely on the plot. The crime, the intricacies of the judicial system, the romance and love interest are so well balanced. Loved this and can highly recommend it as a work of literary excellence. Waiting for the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this short story April 26, 2014
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I really this short book. Characters were well developed and the action ran the gamut of poker, intrigue, physicality and twists and turns till the end. Enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting.
Very good read - with an interesting twist. Writer did a great job - will look for other books of his. Thank you so much.
Published 3 months ago by weiden1
5.0 out of 5 stars stunningly well written, complex and chewy
This author's terse style is perfectly suited to a tale that could have turned preachy or cloying in another's hand. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mariann Searle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
It was a great read. Cairone's writing gives you a true sense of the characters and their motivations. I recommend everyone give "The Brit" a go.
Published 18 months ago by Jerome Sparks
2.0 out of 5 stars A good premise that goes flat quickly
I can't understand the many high ratings for this novel. While the premise is somewhat unique the characters remain undeveloped and uninteresting. Read more
Published 19 months ago by azgrad
2.0 out of 5 stars a Blueprint or a Mansion
[Actually, I would rate THE BRIT 2 1/2 stars if half stars were allowed.]

Contrary to popular belief, the best indicator of amateur writing is NOT found in the number of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by G. Eggleston
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A very good read, a well crafted story with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader wanting more. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Marion E Derrett
3.0 out of 5 stars dead ordinary
The book was not difficult to read, but I couldn't connect with it somehow. Maybe because I don't find gambling glamorous or exciting, or maybe because the Brit is portrayed as... Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Eclectic Elf
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, and excellent
This is not your regular mistery/action/court story, though it has all of them.
The author takes his time to familiarize us with the characters, to let them go slowly through... Read more
Published on August 26, 2012 by Yitzhak
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Plot with Plenty of Suspense But
This was the only way that I could head my review. It's certainly worth a read. The idea of addiction to gambling is rarely used as the central theme of a novel or covered by the... Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by Annie Athens
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More About the Author

Matt Cairone was born in 1958 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He graduated from Holy Spirit High School, Absecon NJ, in 1976. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1980 and a J.D. from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1984. He started the practice of law in Detroit, Michigan in 1984 and moved his practice to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1987. He lives with his wife, Shannon, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

He writes full length novels and short stories, primarily in the literary fiction genre. He also writes lyrics and music. Some of his music, made with his son Charlie under the band name Firth of Lorn, is available on MP3 in the Amazon music store.

His daughter, Lia, was born in 1986 and lives in New York City. His son, Charlie, was born in 1989 and lives with his wife, Alexandra, and their son, Lincoln, in Pittsburgh.


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