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Hack Paperback – July 14, 2012

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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Like a good recipe in the hands of a cook creating a dish to be savored bite by bite while leaving the diner wanting a second helping, a well -written story keeps a reader wanting the next word, image, sentence, paragraph, and new chapter. Reading Jeb Harrison’s hilarious novel I always wanted more to taste and when I did I experienced storytelling at its best. Harrison’s story has twists and turns, tension, an arc, character development, surprises, dialogue consistent with the character, rhythm and pace. His writing is not a recently acquired style. He is not strutting out a voice easy to conjure up, but demonstrates an ability to bring characters out with humor and description.
This cast of believable spirited oddballs scheme ways to get rich by getting Henry, an alcoholic bumbler and artist to disappear by faking his own death, thereby increasing the value of his art. A love affair with a childhood sweetheart who appears in his dream’s and reappears as a biker, wife of a rock star and art collector move to surprising conclusions. An art agent, a gay make-up artist, former wife and sister looking to cash in on the wealth generated by Henry’s paintings, a one armed homeless Vietnam vet, a Nordic interior designer are the players in this sad and funny novel.
We root for Henry too recover, have a successful life, marry his childhood sweetheart. The more he fails along the way the more we love him and the novel.
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Jeb Harrison's characters are as colorful and multi layered as his artwork. Hack is a fascinating read about a down and out (albeit talented) artist with a dream: to reconnect with his long lost love in real life, not only in his dreams. The road Hack lays down to get from where he begins his journey to where it ends is full of twists and turns, not unlike the roads leading to Hack's favorite Northern California beaches. Like a winding road, there are surprises at every turn, and not just roadkill, although roadkill is a fitting euphenism for some of the potential trainwreck-in-the-making situations Hack finds himself navigating. "Hack" is down and dirty, "Hack" is reality, and "Hack" is just plain fun. There's no guessing what happens next or how it ends. You'll just have to pick up a copy and find out for yourself. Highly recommended!
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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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Hack is non-stop action and an exciting romp through the Bay area. I've lived in Marin 35 years and still learned something new. I love how the author uses the support of landscape to carry us through some, at times, madcap adventures as a man learns to release a constricted view of himself. There is a sweetness to this book, a tender touch, and it is funny. At times I was reminded of the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Once you start this book, you won't be able to stop, and then, when it ends, your imagination will be so pumped you can keep going with characters you've learned to love.
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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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