Synopses & Reviews
The first debut novel from the newly relaunched Mysterious Press introduces a phenomenal new voice in the realm of crime fiction.
Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each have gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything
Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. He has lived a sheltered existence. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Wills car, and shouts a single word: Drive!” Shaken and confused, Will obeys.
Suddenly three ordinary men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They are already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it is only a matter of time before they find out just what else theyre capable of. For these four people, three days will decide their fatebetween freedom and prison, innocence and guilt
and life and death. In the tradition of Scott Smiths classic A Simple Plan, THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR marks the emergence of a truly talented new crime writer.
"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. Musician Will Walker has recovered, mostly, from the trauma of seeing a fellow band member killed right next to him, the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting, by the time he and his wife leave Manhattan for the New Jersey suburbs to start over. As the couple gear up for parenthood, Will notes that 'violent crime was about the farthest thing from my mind, until the night when I helped one of my best friends kidnap a young woman.' That surprising crime follows the arrival in Newfield, N.J., of two college friends of Will's, politician Nolan Albright and Internet millionaire Jeffrey Hocks, for a reunion. While the three are out for a drive, just after Will has persuaded the other two to invest in his plan to start a record label, Jeffrey emerges from a convenience store with a hostage in tow for no good reason. Kardos (One Last Good Time, a story collection) makes the most of his intriguing setup, populated with plausible characters and enhanced by a vicious closing sting. Agent: Jody Klein, Brandt & Hochman Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Three-Day Affair
never stops roaring, the pages blurring by, dangerously accelerating.” Esquire
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 Kardoss excellent first novel, a crime thriller sure to please fans of Scott Smiths 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 Ive 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
Michael Kardos is the author of the story collection One Last Good Time. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Pleiades, Prism International, and many other magazines and anthologies, and were cited as notable stories in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Best American Short Stories. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University and edits the literary journal Jabberwock Review.