STASH

STASH David Klein

Gwen Raine has it all: she's an attractive, stay-at-home mom living in a tranquil community where everything seems right—yet so much can go wrong.

It’s a typical Friday morning in late summer, and Gwen is anticipating a long-awaited weekend away at the lake with her overworked husband, Brian, and their two young children. After dropping off her daughter at swim class, Gwen drives across town to purchase a small bag of marijuana from Jude, an old boyfriend. On the way home, she gets into a car accident that leaves her bruised but the other driver dead. The local police can see the accident isn’t her fault, but when they find the pot in Gwen’s car, they throw the book at her. There have been problems with drugs in the schools, and the police are determined to crack down.

Meanwhile, Brian, a pharmaceutical company executive, is embroiled in an ethical dilemma over the marketing of a drug for "off-label" use. Jude has gotten in way over his head with his little side business. And Jude's daughter, Dana—a talented college athlete—collides head-on with a damaged ex-soldier addicted to painkillers.

Told from multiple perspectives and driven by psychological suspense and an escalating plot, this ambitious and deeply satisfying novel examines the moral complications that arise when one’s determination to do the right thing collides head-on with human fallibility and desire.

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STASH is a novel so intimate in its revelations of desire that sometimes you just want to close it up but you can’t because you want even more to know what happens next.”
- James Landis, author of THE LAST DAY

Nimble storytelling style ... richly intertwined stories.”
- Kirkus Reviews

STASH is a masterly exploration of the pleasures and pitfalls of modern-day capitalism. David Klein writes with satirical flair, but also with compassion for his characters.”
- Howard County Times

This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night, holding your breath as you turn the pages. David Klein builds the kind of psychological suspense that lets you know you are in the hands of a master storyteller.”
- Sandi Shelton author of KISSING GAMES OF THE WORLD

The flawed, saintly characters in David Klein’s ensnaringly provocative novel find their way only through losing it first. This is as much the story of a marriage as it is the unraveling of a suspenseful plot. And so it is as much about intimacy as about betrayal and the violence we do to others and to ourselves. STASH is satisfying on many levels, not least in its moral ambiguity that lends complexity to a story well told.”
- James Landis, author of THE LAST DAY

... Compelling. Fans of both domestic drama and corporate intrigue will enjoy it.”
- Library Journal

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