The Next Right Thing (Hardcover)
|Author: Dan Barden|
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|Southern California home builder Randy Chalmers has to admit he''d be dead or in prison were it not for his best friend, lawyer, and Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, Terry Elias. Thanks to Terry''s coaching and an endless stream of caffeine-fueled AA meetings, Randy''s been off the booze for eight years. All is well . . . until Terry, himself supposedly sober for 15 years, is found dead of a heroin overdose.|
From the Publisher:
Crediting his survival, career and happy relationship to his supportive Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, former police officer Randy Chalmers is shocked when his sponsor is found dead of an alleged overdose, a situation that both triggers Randy's addiction and compels him to discover the truth. By the author of John Wayne: A Novel.
"Barden . . .vividly renders the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous and the flawed souls who depend on it to stay sane and alive. While billed as a thriller, [it] is less mystery than tale of male friendship" - Allison Block 02/01/2012 "[This] is a rare beast: a detective story where the central mystery turns out not to be the most important thing going on. Incidentally, and perhaps even rarer, it's also a detective story that makes you wonder if you ought to take up construction and interior design. For that is the unlikely passion of Barden's hard-boiled hero, a man with a darker past than most noir protagonists." - Heather Horn 03/2012 "[T]he local color and the steady stream of hard-boiled aphorisms . . . are grounded by a reasonably serious study of male companionship, what it takes to fly straight and the ultimate inscrutability of other people." - John Williams 06/24/2012