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The Next Right Thing

(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 sponsor 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 on to 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.

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"Everything you could hope for from a novel: suspenseful, hilarious, angry - above all, wildly original." - Jennifer Egan


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Hardback Editions

March 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Next Right Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Dan Barden
ISBN: 0-385-34340-X / 978-0-385-34340-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Dial Press
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Audio Editions

March 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Next Right Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Dan Barden
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon   


March 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Next Right Thing
Author(s): Dan Barden
ISBN: 1-61120-723-1 / 978-1-61120-723-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Next Right Thing
Author(s): Dan Barden
ISBN: 1-61120-727-4 / 978-1-61120-727-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Next Right Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Dan Barden
Publisher: The Dial Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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