The Next Right Thing

The Next Right Thing

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Southern California home builder extraordinaire 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. A former police officer, Randy narrowly escaped being an evening news highlight during years ravaged by anger and alcohol. Thanks to Terry's coaching and an endless stream of caffeine-fueled AA meetings, Randy's been off the booze for eight years, has a successful new career, and is thriving in a healthy relationship with his vegan yoga-instructor girlfriend. All is well . . . until Terry, himself supposedly sober for fifteen years, is found dead of a heroin overdose.
 
How could Terry, who had dragged so many others from the edge, jump off himself? Convinced that something (or someone) must have pushed him, Randy is soon off on a dry-drunk quest for answers--and possibly revenge. He discovers a trail of dirty secrets that lead to missing persons, shady real estate deals, hydroponic pot farms, and Internet pornography. When his suspicions ultimately connect Terry's death to the activities of a recently appointed Superior Court judge--who just happens to be dating Randy's ex-wife--Randy has to ask himself: Is he really onto something or just suffering from grief and paranoia? Will his increasingly frenzied behavior ruin his current relationship and his chances of regaining custody of his daughter? Will he destroy the life that he has worked so hard to achieve? Will he reach for a drink?
 
The Next Right Thing is a hilarious and harrowing combination of thriller and recovery tale, equal parts hard-earned wisdom and old-fashioned suspense.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385343404
Branch Call Number: BAR
Characteristics: 283 pages ; 22 cm

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Blabbermouth
Jan 22, 2016

I couldn't finish this one either. It did feel as if the author was trying to hard to be witty & clever. It might have worked if he hadn't tried so hard.
It's a mystery about the death of an AA sponsor & an ex cop who was also a member of AA.

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dcafk
Apr 01, 2012

I couldn't finish this one. The author tries too hard to be hard boiled and ends up with a noir protagonist I couldn't care about.

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