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Monday, September 3, 2012

Three-Day Affair, by Michael Kardos (hardcover, $24)

This is a college boy's story, all grown up. As a matter of fact, college friends reunite periodically. Three of the four are successful financially; one -- Will -- is happy but struggling. Eight years after graduating from Princeton, they reunite again in Will's small town to play golf and reminisce. Then one of them kidnaps a cashier from a convenience store, confesses he's broke and his wife is cheating, and has a gigantic meltdown. One of the others is a candidate for the U.S. House and can't afford scandal. Instead of returning the girl immediately, they hesitate in order to "think" things over.

Twists and turns ensue. This is a short story with good padding. The basic story is clever, the writing is solid, and if the actors are worth their salt, it will make a good movie.

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