The Next Right Thing

A hilarious and harrowing thriller from the acclaimed author Dan Barden.

By Dan Barden Read by Paul Boehmer Mystery & Thrillers English, Unabridged 8h 12m Sell Sheet Also available on
The Next Right Thing: A Novel (Unabridged) - Dan Barden
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1 MP3 CDs March 20, 2012 $29.99 $19.99 9781611207279 Add to Cart
7 Audio CDs March 20, 2012 $59.99 $47.99 9781611207231 Add to Cart
							Randy Chalmers has to admit he'd be dead or in prison were it not for Terry Elias. Thanks to Terry's coaching and an endless stream of AA meetings, Randy's been off the booze for eight years, has a successful new career, and is thriving in a healthy relationship. All is well...until Terry is found dead of a heroin overdose. Convinced that something (or someone) must have pushed him, Randy is soon off on a dry-drunk quest for answers. When his suspicions ultimately connect Terry's death to the activities of a recently appointed Superior Court judge Randy has to ask himself: Is he really onto something or just suffering from grief and paranoia?

"...Paul Boehmer's voice is well suited to the story. His steady rumble hits the emotional outbursts perfectly, grabbing the turmoil and anger of the protagonist and hurling them at the listener... Boehmer's authoritative voice strengthens this story of one man's search for redemption." - AudioFile Magazine

"...the local color and the steady stream of hard-boiled aphorisms ("He reminded me of the tough guy in high school, which was to say not tough at all") are grounded by a reasonably serious study of male companionship, what it takes to fly straight and the ultimate inscrutability of other people." - The New York Times

"[An] engaging debut...[Contains] a healthy amount of verve and black comedy... succeeds on the emotional and physical muscle of its narrator." - Kirkus Reviews

"Barden makes the addiction cycle as believable and painfully raw as possible...his characters...ring true." - Publishers Weekly

"What gives 'The Next Right Thing' its special dimension is its relentless portrayal of the addict's life...Barden offers a grim picture of addiction but one that rings true..." - The Washington Post

"Everything you could hope for from a novel: The Next Right Thing is suspenseful, hilarious, angry - above all, wildly original. I only wish I'd written it myself." - Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

"Dan Barden's The Next Right Thing is The Long Goodbye in rehab. It's fierce and funny and absolutely worthy of its predecessors - like them, Barden's tale is really an inquiry into male love and grief, and the state of the American heart." - Jonathan Lethem

"The Next Right Thing has humanity, humor, and insight to burn. Dan Barden takes the clay of the California hard-boiled novel and shapes it into something new." - George Pelecanos