Imagine for a moment, you're Marcus Cooper. A slick stranger meets you in a bar. You're drunk. You talk a lot. Without you 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 hero you once were, doubting how much longer life is worth living. Do you take the chance?
by Alfred C. Martino
"Author Martino diverges from his outstanding young adult sports series with this adult short story. Marcus Copper, a New Jersey alcoholic, gambler, and former high school jock, meets The Stranger in a Manhattan bar. Narrator Patrick Lawlor deftly inhabits each character in the story. Marcus sounds believably uncertain, weak, and desperate. The Stranger comes off as charming as he manipulates Marcus's na•vetŽ and desire be rich. Lawlor's portrayal of Stone Redmond reflects the arrogance of the big-mouthed comedian who is trying to opt out of his recording contract with the brilliant and threatening Mikhail Kosloff. Soon Marcus agrees to commit vehicular homicide. Lawlor notably captures Kosloff's heavy Russian accent and man-of-the-world persona. An unexpected and ironic conclusion adds to the listener's enjoyment. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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