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Quiet Desperation | [Alfred C. Martino]

Quiet Desperation

Imagine for a moment, you're Marcus Cooper. A slick stranger meets you in a bar. You're drunk. You talk a lot. Without realizing it, he's learning about you. Your desire for money and women. By night's end, he makes you a million-dollar proposition to cause a drunk-driving accident. Sounds crazy to you? Maybe, maybe not. You're out of work. Bills are piling up. You owe your bookie six grand. But mostly, you're twenty years removed from being the high school football star you once were, doubting how much longer life is worth living.
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Publisher's Summary

Imagine for a moment, you're Marcus Cooper. A slick stranger meets you in a bar. You're drunk. You talk a lot. Without realizing it, he's learning about you. Your desire for money and women. By night's end, he makes you a million-dollar proposition to cause a drunk-driving accident. Sounds crazy to you? Maybe, maybe not. You're out of work. Bills are piling up. You owe your bookie six grand. But mostly, you're twenty years removed from being the high school football star you once were, doubting how much longer life is worth living. Do you take the chance?

Alfred C. Martino is the author of three highly-acclaimed novels, Perfected By Girls,Over The End Line, and Pinned. Mr. Martino was born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, and graduated from Millburn High School. He is a graduate of Duke University and The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He lives in Jersey City.

Patrick Girard Lawlor is a classically-trained actor who has performed on-stage throughout the world. He is a veteran of the voice-over industry, having narrated hundreds of audiobooks.

©2013 Alfred C. Martino (P)2013 Alfred C. Martino

What the Critics Say

Author Martino diverges from his outstanding young adult sports series with this adult short story…Narrator Patrick Lawlor deftly inhabits each character in the story…An unexpected and ironic conclusion adds to the listener's enjoyment. (AudioFile)

Quiet Desperation is an excellent very short short story, filled with misery, pride, fear, threats as well as some raunchy language and sexy scenes….Narrator Patrick Lawlor really makes this story, and the characters, come to life; but it’s a life listeners wouldn’t want to live.” (Sound Commentary)

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