by Josh Gross
Summary: Hamilton Brownstone’s father died when he was six. At the funeral he met a strange, angry boy named Gardner—his unknown brother.
In the years since that meeting, Gardner won the lottery and used the money on a campaign of self-destruction. Hamilton’s biggest accomplishment since then is a job at a disco-themed hot dog counter.
Now Hamilton has decided to change all that by becoming a writer. But between his mother’s neediness, his girlfriend’s acting ambitions, and his boss’s constant attempts to make him manager, Hamilton bizarrely decides the only way he’ll be able to finish his book is in prison.
And there’s only one person willing to help Hamilton end up there—his brother Gardner.
My Take: Josh Gross has done it again with his latest novel, “The Hack”. With as twisted and unbelievable a storyline as possible, only Gross’ skill as a writer and rich story teller make it possible to pull a story like this off in this believable of a manner.
The three main characters, Hamilton, Gardner, and Tabitha interact well with each other in a believable, feisty, and comical manner. These well-rounded and deep characters fill the story with subtle and somewhat dark humor throughout the pages; I was a fan until the very end.
I’m eager to see what Gross comes up with next.
My Rating: A must read
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