- 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
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,801,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SIX HOURS PAST THURSDAY Paperback – October, 2004
From the Publisher
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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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!
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"
Steve Draves is a Chicago business broker whose self-proclaimed philosophy is:
"... if you play your cards right, you get ... exposure to a wide variety of situations where you can gouge, fleece, make side deals, and work out kick-back arrangements."
And the object, as regurgitated by Steve's friend/student, Mark, is to:
"... see how close you can crowd up to the edge of the law without breaking it. As long as you keep your business within that framework - keep your nose technically clean, if not morally - you can make a fortune, perfectly legally and safely."
In his professional and personal life, Draves isn't so much immoral as amoral. He won't break the law, but will utilize every legal scam in his repertoire to increase his financial worth, now approaching $2 million, which, in Steve's world of 1966, is a fair piece of change. And while Steve deeply loves his wife, Betty, he'll cheat on her any chance he gets. (Blonde Betty, built like a brick outhouse and dumb as a post, is selflessly dedicated to her husband. It's enough to make a radical feminist want to kill.)
From past experience, Draves believes his life-changing good luck appears precisely at the end of 5-year cycles. The next is imminent. True, he hasn't had recent success getting to first base with Tina, Sandy, or his secretary, Deby. But, business has been good, though there is that risky association with the hard-nosed mobster, Johnny Patiense. But certainly, after a, um, no-nonsense conference with Johnny's security chief and quality assurance manager, Tony and Frank respectively, Steve's life takes a new direction. Redemption, perhaps.
As a fictional framework within which author Jack Payne educates the reader, SIX HOURS PAST THURSDAY is first rate. However, whether the narrative should serve as a how-to-do or how-to-avoid primer of shady business practices, Payne leaves to his audience. Since justice of a sort is served by the book's conclusion, I gather that Payne's preference is that it be the latter.
I'd award the book five stars for conceptual cleverness, but only three for plot credibility and the ability of its "hero" to engage the sympathy of the reader. Indeed, Drave is such an oil slick that I hardly cared what became of him in what was, for me, an overly contrived finale. The readers' sympathies will likely remain with the secondary characters that Steve uses and manipulates, especially the women in his life. This seems to violate what I learned in high school English Lit, i.e., that a necessary component of fiction is a major protagonist for whom one can cheer. But, never mind, SIX HOURS PAST THURSDAY is a worthwhile read for that next flight out of town to close the Big Deal.
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