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The Three-Day Affair Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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"Will keep readers on the edge of their seats. This debut thriller . . . takes you on an unexpected journey. As you read, you think you know which way the author is driving the narrative, only to have it swerve several times before the fascinating conclusion." --Library Journal (Starred Review)
"A momentary lapse of judgment leads to dire consequences in Kardos's excellent first novel, a crime thriller sure to please fans of Scott Smith's A Simple Plan . . . Kardos makes the most of his intriguing setup, populated with plausible characters and enhanced by a vicious closing sting." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A carefully calibrated study of how even the most highly evolved members of our species can become feral under pressure." --The New York Times
"This first novel from storyteller Kardos (One Last Good Time, 2010) leads three ordinary guys into a dark wood and turns the screws on them . . . An agonizing moral nightmare." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"The sort of book you read with one eye closed because you can hardly stand to see what will happen, but there's no way you can put it down. Author Kardos created characters you can't help but care about. Will is wonderfully human. Great use of settings, clear writing, and a plot gratifying in its complexity and surprises. It would make a terrific book for a group to read and discuss." --Read Me Deadly
"Kardos is a first novelist, but doesn't write like one. He has an uncommonly agile touch." --Toronto Star
"The Three-Day Affair will make many best-of-the-year lists." --Mystery Scene
Original. . . a carefully calibrated study of how even the most highly evolved members of our species can become feral under pressure.” The New York Times Book Review
This first novel from storyteller Kardos leads three ordinary guys into a dark wood and turns the screws on them. An agonizing moral nightmare interspersed with flashbacks to happier times whose import becomes clear only in the final chapter.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A momentary lapse of judgment leads to dire consequences in Kardos’s excellent first novel, a crime thriller sure to please fans of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan. . . . Kardos makes the most of his intriguing setup, populated with plausible characters and enhanced by a vicious closing sting.” Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
Kardos’ debut novel features finely drawn characters, clever plotting, a fine surprise ending, and graceful and economical storytelling.” Booklist
A taut thriller that goes least where you expect it to, but goes there beautifully.” Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling and Edgar-Award winning author of Crooked Letter
The Three-Day Affair is one of the most impressive debut novels I’ve ever read. Gripping and relentless, it will grab you by the throat and make you finish it. Michael Kardos absolutely nails it. Watch out for this guy.” Steve Hamilton, two-time Edgar Award-winning author of Die a Stranger
A wonderful piece of literary suspense craftsmanship. Line by line, Michael Kardos dazzles with prose strength and style, and the bad-day-gone-worse story does not let up... A fascinating character study and engaging thriller.” Michael Koryta, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize and author of The Prophet
An outstanding thriller that has everything: graceful prose, a terrific plot, unbearable suspense, great surprises, and an intelligent and sympathetic narrator who will break your heart. An absolutely first-rate effort from a debut author who, trust me, is going to be around for a long time.” John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunter
About the Author
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His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and many other magazines, and were cited several times as Notable Stories in the Best American Short Stories anthology.
Kardos grew up at the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.
Visit www.michaelkardos.com for reading group guides and other information.
Top Customer Reviews
The basic premise is that three Princeton grads get together for their own personal reunion weekend. Things go wrong almost immediately, though, because one, who lost a fortune when his Internet company failed, impulsively decides to hold up a convenience store and kidnap the cashier. Before his two friends even realize what's happened, they are embroiled in the mess. The story is told through the perspective of Will - the least successful of the group who spent years as a drummer in a alternative rock band but then transitioned into working as a sound engineer in a recording studio. His two friends are Jeffrey, the failed Internet businessmen, and Nolan, a politician hoping running for the Senate in Missouri.
A fourth friend is a New York lawyer who misses the kidnapping incident, but eventually has to be called in for advice on how get out of the quagmire they've created for themselves. What keeps you turning the pages is the suspense of wanting to know what they're going to do with the beautiful young girl they've kidnapped. They're not career criminals, but they all know their lives will be ruined - not to mention the possible prison time - if what they did gets out.Read more ›
The book showed up quick and after reading the blurbs on the back of the book, I was definitely looking forward to it. Two of the four blurbs compare "The Three-Day Affair" with Scott Smith's A Simple Plan. Not only did I love that book, the movie was excellent as well.
"The Three-Day Affair" has great characters, Kardos knows how to make his characters live and breathe. The story of the novel is just what the synopsis says, three good friends from college get together for a golf weekend. Will, Jeffrey and Nolan are out on the first night and Jeffery makes a hasty decision that will change everything. The friends stop at a gas station and Jeffery comes out running out with the clerk and tell's Will to drive, NOW! In an instant they realize they have just kidnapped someone.
The story picks up from there and builds with flashbacks involving each friend's history. A fourth friend is brought into the mess with hopes of helping his buddies make the right decision.
Based on the reviews I read before purchasing the book and the glowing blurbs on the back from many well known authors, I was expecting much, much more from the ending of the book. Obviously you know how it starts, the catch of reading it is finding out how they came to that point and what happens next. The what happens next is what just didnt do it for me.Read more ›
The Three-Day Affair wins the reader's heart not from the start. The heroes of the novel are office workers, hipsters, kids of middle class parents, quite effeminate creatures. Problems in their lives are nothing comparing to the problems of hard workers, criminals and sociopaths, the traditional heroes of noir. White-collar workers are rather well-off: they do not know hunger, cold and constant humiliation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book on the strength of the reviews. For me, that was a mistake. I found myself fast forwarding through the pages to just get to the meat of the plot. Read morePublished 6 months ago by regenia bennett
I loved this book. Fast paced and the ending was indeed a surprise.Published 7 months ago by jane alexander
Good storyline involving 3 male friends who have kept in touch throughout the years; when getting together in New Jersey, Will's homestate, Jeffrey kidnaps a cashier from a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barbara McLovich
Good read. Definitely some good twists and turns. Dark side of humanity, but not too bloody or graphic, which I liked.Published 8 months ago by M. Idrissi
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ending was surprising. I didn't see it coming.Published 8 months ago by Dogwood
I had a hard time following the story line. Wasn't my favorite book. Would like to read more by this author
As I read the beginning chapters of this book, I was puzzled by the characters' motivations and unrealistic actions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by dmgebe00