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The Coaster Audiobook

The Coaster

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Bob Patterson considers himself an everyman - albeit an everyman with a rich, beautiful wife, two good kids, and a mail-it-in job that ignores his law degree. Despite his good fortune, Bob is idling through life, bored at work and at home. In short, he is the proverbial coaster. Bob's wife, Sarah, is the anointed heir to the empire built by her father, Sam, a kind of Kansas City, Missouri, Warren Buffet. Fine by Bob, the family soccer mom, but early one morning he and Sarah awake to terrible news. Sam's death reveals he appointed Bob to be the trustee of his personal fortune and, as the IRS currently has it, he'll be in charge of his mother-in-law's money. Even more terrifying, Bob realizes he faces the prospect of actually working all day, for stakes that matter. Is the reappearance of Bob's wildest fraternity brother from college and a proposal from a bland businessman with a plan that seems too good to be true mere coincidence? After a lifetime of choosing the path of least resistance, will Bob finally take a stand when his family needs him most? If so, where? Bob peppers his story with sports and pop culture references and wry commentary on everything from the sex lives of married couples (such as they are) to the enormous cost of being "honored" at a charitable event. Bob knows what the hero should do in the situations he encounters (he's read the books and seen the movies, too). He doesn't have "a very particular set of skills" or a secret past in the special forces. He's just a regular guy who handles extreme pressure and threats to his family about like you'd expect (not well). It's going to take all he's got (really, more than he's got) to raise his game. Fortunately he's got an ace-in-the-hole…at home. Darkly comic, The Coaster turns the conventions of the mystery/suspense genre upside down.

©2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Minny 07-22-17
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    I want to call this a 'unique business mystery laced with comedy' but it was more like a 'unique comedy laced with a business mystery.' I started off laughing at the musings and comedic inner monologue of protagonist Bob Patterson and continued chuckling throughout.

    Content to be bumbling his way through life as a result of his having married up, Bob delivers a narrative that is wrought with hilarious sports references and general wry, smug-guy commentary. He made a lot of choices in the novel that I didn't want him to, but I can appreciate an author who unravels a plot that keeps me guessing and sometimes disgusts me! The narrator, Johnny Heller, was probably the perfect guy for the job as his characters, delivery, and comedic timing seemed to fit the main character's personality perfectly. RECOMMEND.

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    Funny, entertaining, a little sarcastic, a good story! Not the usual. Somewhere between Perry Mason and Rosesanne!

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