Norfolk, VA – Being a prison guard is both stressful and dangerous, so it’s not surprising that the suicide rate is 39% higher than any other occupation. The Poor Man’s Guide to Suicide (Moonshine Cove Press), by Andrew H. Armacost, is a moving yet comical tale of an embittered prison guard, working at a correctional facility on the outskirts of Indianapolis, who decides the only meaningful thing left for him to do in life is die.
Most prison guards work hard just to survive each day and Wesley Weimer is no exception. As Armacost’s lead character peels back the layers of his life, he doesn’t like what he sees. A twice-divorced father of two, he realizes his life has grown lifeless. With child support payments sucking him dry, and most of his free time spent either taking care of his crippled mother or struggling through painful visits with his children, Wesley can’t help but wonder if there’s any point in carrying on.
With Christmas right around the corner, Wesley persuades a prisoner to strangle him for ten thousand dollars – this way, at least his kids can cash in on the life insurance. There’s just one problem…he doesn’t have ten thousand dollars!
This noir ‘why-done-it’ offers a humanizing look at both inmates and guards as it propels readers into the guts of a bleak yet fascinating subculture – all while managing to throw a spiritual life-ring to a drowning demographic: non-custodial fathers. Passionate and persuasive, emotional and humorous, Armacost’s latest book (his third published novel to date) is compelling storytelling at its best and makes for a powerful read, tough to put down.
Andrew Armacost studied literature and writing in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh after serving in the U.S. Navy, during which time he worked at sea and overseas, with long-term assignments to both Afghanistan and Singapore. In addition, Mr. Armacost has lived in Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Japan and California, and was formerly a Corrections Officer for the State of Indiana. The author now calls Virginia Beach home where he lives with his wife and children.
The Poor Man’s Guide to Suicide
Publisher: Moonshine Cove Press
Release Date: May 10 2014
ISBN #: 9781937327446
Scott Phillips, award-winning, bestselling author of The Ice Harvest (now a major motion picture): “The Poor Man’s Guide to Suicide gives us a view of prison life we don’t normally see, humanizing both guards and inmates, as well as a beautiful portrait of a decent man at the end of his rope. Andrew Armacost’s writing is wonderfully funny and sad, and I will be reading whatever he writes from now on.”
D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review: “The Poor Man’s Guide to Suicide is true grit at its best…a powerful read that will satisfy any who like dark, gritty noir writing …”
Kirkus Reviews: “A somber yet hopeful walk along the ledge.”
Dan Fante, author of Chump Change and Mooch: “Funny and well-conceived.”
Douglas Lord, Library Journal: “Armacost’s latest reveals much about the tendencies of depressed men. Wesley Weimer is 33…feeling hopeless, and constantly ruminating on his own misfortunes, [he] ponders the many ways to end it all. By the end, Wes has hope—not the fairy-tale variety. Verdict: Because Wesley is everydude—bright, normal, decent—albeit one who is a weathered husk of his once-happier self (Armacost’s fictional depiction of depression has an alarmingly real feel), this has special dude appeal.”
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