The Bargain

Ten articles in eight days is a tall order for any journalist, even for Polk Award winner Connor Reedly. But with a dying wife and an empty bank account, the promised payment of 0,000 is hard to turn down. More so, his enigmatic employer, Mason Becker, has insinuated Connor’s acceptance of the job will result in a supernatural healing of his beloved wife.

The people of Hailey, California–the subjects of Connor’s charged articles–are a secretive group, not willing to open up to strangers. When shots are fired and Connor is running for his life, he demands Mason answer his questions: Why are the articles so important? Is anyone going to publish them? Where is the money coming from? How can he be so confident that the completion of the articles will heal his wife?

Nothing in Connor s vast journalistic adventures–not Katrina, not September 11th, not even his first-hand experience in the genocide in Darfur–could prepare him for the answers Mason gives. Now, it seems, the life of everyone in Hailey including his wife’s is in his hands.

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  • Carol G. Stratton says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Twilight Zone Meets Amazing Grace, January 15, 2014
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    Reedly, award-winning journalist shows up in the Mohave Desert town of Hailey not knowing his whole life is about to be changed and his values challenged. He’s confronted by a “fan” who insists he write ten articles about ten good citizens in town, or his wife, suffering from cancer, will die and the town destroyed. As the clock ticks, Reedly delves deep into this seedy town that life has passed by, finding ugly truths and unsung heroes that challenge his deepest beliefs.

    If putting the protagonist in trouble makes a good story, Reedly should win a medal for bravery. I kept flipping pages to hope the hero would find safety and peace but at each bend in the road he was jerked in another direction, keeping me absorbed in the story.

    Although The Bargain is not my typical reading fare as it has some violent scenes, Gansky does a very credible job of portraying the human condition in all its ugliness. In one of the most fascinating plots I’ve read, the author shows through his characters how twisted life can become, reminding us how we all need a savior. Beautifully written descriptions with an exciting plot.

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  • Suzanne T says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Bargain. A Review, January 25, 2014
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    I read this book in two days. It was hard to put down. Has everything I like in a book. Suspense, just a little romance.
    I love that there are no bad words, no cursing in the book. I cared about each one of the characters. I recommend this book highly.

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