Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"This Is How You Fall," by Keith Dixon

Read this acclaimed novel of "old flames, old debts, and a new twist on an old con." From NYT Editor Keith Dixon.

This Is How You Fall, by Keith Dixon

"This Is How You Fall had me hooked from the opening lines—exceptional writing, utterly engaging characters, and a story that shifts between thrilling, heartbreaking and hilarious before its final poignant ending. This literary piece of noir is for keeps." — Olen Steinhauer, New York Times bestselling author of The Tourist 

"Characters so real they follow you home—and park threateningly across the street." — Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

Jacob Cameron Asprey, Jr., is the charming son of a charming crook who’s currently residing in the state pen. Strangled by family ties, Jake is barely scraping by, working as a lifeguard at the tony country club on the other side of town. He’s marking time, treading water, haunted by Sally Godstreet, the woman he’s loved all his life—the woman he should have made a life with, now orbiting just out his reach.

When a local crime boss offers him a deal he’d be a fool to take and a chump to pass up, Jake sees a way out of his troubles—until his options begin to close down, and he finds himself at the heart of a dark plot that will place those he loves in harm’s way.

This is How You Fall is a story of old flames, old debts, and a new twist on an old con. Part-heist, part-love story, and part-literary noir thriller, it's a moody rumination on identity and loyalty, with dazzing plot twists that lead to an inevitable, destructive conclusion.

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Meet the Author

Keith Dixon's third novel, "This Is How You Fall," was published in 2013 by Thomas & Mercer. His first novel, "Ghostfires," was named one of the five best first novels of 2004 by Poets & Writers Magazine. His second novel, "The Art of Losing," was named 'Editor's Choice' by The Philadelphia Inquirer, and received starred reviews in both Kirkus and Booklist. In June 2011, Crown published "Cooking for Gracie," a memoir and cookbook based on food writing first published in The New York Times.

 Keith was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1971 but was raised in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He attended Hobart College in Geneva, New York. He has been on the staff of The New York Times for nineteen years, and lives in Westchester with his wife, Jessica, and their daughters, Grace and Margot.

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