Size: 6 x 9
Pub Date: 6/2000
Bad Trades is about Harry, a trench-coat everyman with an atypical sardonic stream of consciousness and a typical 20th-Century condition: He's a divorced male with an unresolved past, a confused present, and an open-ended future.
With one mystery novel under his belt an two kids behind a white picket fence, Harry chucks it all and gets a job as a security guard in San Francisco. It pays the rent, almost pays the child support, and affords him some interesting walks in the wee hours. He tries to make sense of it all-with a little help from his comrades in chaos and regular AA meetings.
"It's my ninety-second day of sleeping on Duane's couch. I've been up since dark watching reruns of Donna Reed without the sound. An hour ago the phone rang, when my heart seized up. I sat there waiting for the machine to come on."
"'This is Memorex. At the tone....'
"'Harry, this is your ex-wife. You're divorced, it's final.'
"That's when I picked up. 'That's good,' I said.
"'You bet your ass,' she sneered, and hung up.
"I thought: There are eight million reasons I left that bitch. This has been one of them."
Bio: GEOFF PETERSON lives in Wyoming and teaches a brand of philosophy honed to windy places. He is the author of a novel, Medicine Dog, and two books of poetry. Bad Trades is his first book with Creative Arts.