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The Three Day Affair

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  797 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
The first debut novel from the newly relaunched Mysterious Press introduces a phenomenal new voice in the realm of crime fiction.
Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each have gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking momen
ebook, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Mysterious Press
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Josh Mlot
Normally "The Three-Day Affair" probably isn't a book I would be drawn to, but I picked it up because, a) I had read positive things and was interesting in reading the debut of an author from here in Mississippi, where I currently live, and, b) my wife wanted a book that we could both read together, and this seemed like something that would be up her alley.

In the end, I enjoyed the book. It didn't blow me away, but I was pleased that it satisfied me as a more literary-inclined reader while also
Apr 17, 2015 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so impressed by Kardos' latest Before He Finds Her, that picking up its predecessor was an easy choice. It's always interesting to see how the author fares from book to book, in this case in reverse. The progress is obvious, Three Day Affair is very good, Before He Finds Her is amazing. This one is more straight forward of a story than Before He Finds Her, less of a mystery and drama comparatively (though both aspects are still present), more of a thriller. Kardos seems to be very adept at ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three friends get together for a weekend reunion. One is an aspiring politician, one is a Silicon Valley wonder boy, and the third is a rock drummer-turned recording studio techie. One of them goes into a quick shop only to return with what was in the till plus the young woman clerk. He panics the other two into driving away with the money and the girl (why would they agree?), and the three spend the weekend trying to figure out how to get out of the jam their uncontrolled friend has put them in ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Sep 24, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three Day Affair is the debut novel of author Michael Kardos. It's also the first novel bearing the imprint of the newly re-launched Mysterious Press.

We meet Will - the narrator of the tale in the first chapter. And the hook is set deep with the last paragraph of that first chapter...

"Three years had passed since our move to Newfield, and we felt ready for this child in our lives, By then, violent crime was about the furthest thing from my mind, until the night when I helped one of my best f
Jan 29, 2013 Atalyonet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant.

If you're looking for an Action/Thriller - I wouldn't recommend it. It seems from reading the cover page that that's what it is (what sets the plot in motion is a roberry turned into kidnapping) - but that is only the 'excuse" for having the characters both to wonder back in time and explore their relationship AND to put their current relationship to the test.

I found myself having a little virtual "interaction" with the author here reading the book -I saw a certain twist
Sep 20, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos

Four college buddies get together for a weekend of golf, dining, getting drunk and sharing embarrassing old stories after nine years of friendship, growing up and growing older, starting families and finding or trying to find success. They’ve been going their separate ways until one event brings them together while separating them even further in ways they never imagined.

This is a very quick read, suspenseful yet never quite takes you to where you might thin
Nov 28, 2012 Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's so much I don't want to say about this book, since it would give away not just the ending but the surprise at every page turn. You don't keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. You keep wondering, how many shoes can there possibly be? This book puts Imelda Marcos to shame, yet each new revelation is surprising and rewarding in its own way. More than a thriller, yet thrilling, Kardos examines human nature in a tale that is both chilling and hilarious.
Nov 24, 2014 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will, Nolan and Jeffrey have been friends since their undergraduate days at Princeton. Along with a fourth friend, Evan, they have been meeting once a year for a "guys' weekend". This year, instead of going somewhere exotic, they meet in Will's hometown in rural New Jersey. Things start a bit roughly when Evan bales at the last minute, citing work overload, but the other three men carry on that first evening, going to dinner and having a few drinks. On the way back to Will's house, they stop at ...more
THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR. (2012). Michael Kardos. ***.
This is a debut novel from this author that has received a good many rave reviews. It might deserve a few if you can get past the initial premise of an accidental kidnapping. It does remind me of Scott Smith’s “A Simple Plan,” which other reviewers have noted, too, but it soon departs from that format and looks a lot like an espionage novel, like...spy vs. spy. There are lots of plots and counterplots piled into this book, but in order to get to
May 26, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos. Published by Grove/Atlantic and The Mysterious Press.

Imagine a group of best friends planning a yearly get-together to play golf, hang-out, no wives, no kids. Just old friends from college, each going their own way after graduation but finding their way back to each other once a year to reconnect.

Evan is a successful lawyer. Will a struggling music producer. Jeffrey is a millionaire and Nolan is an up and coming state Senator. Things are looking up
Apr 12, 2013 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good, but not great. Kardos is an economical writer in that many small, seemingly unimportant details surface later in the book. But something about the writing was just "blah," when it was supposed to be suspenseful and gripping. The kidnapping (which takes place at the beginning of the book and drives the plot) was just...boring. I actually stopped reading in the middle of it and went to bed! And I just didn't really buy that these three guys from Princeton would let the k ...more
This book had good reviews and a very interesting premise. And yes, it was a page-turner in that I really wanted to know what happened next and see how things ultimately worked out. However, for every step forward plot-wise, it took two steps backwards with long flashbacks to everyone's college days, which I could not have cared less about. I ended up skimming whole chapters at a time just to get back to the story proper.

The plot itself was clever and the ending a fairly satisfying surprise. But
Clay Stafford
Debut author Michael Kardos should be having a grand day today. Not only does he have a new book release today, but the book is riveting and I have no doubt he and his publisher both know it. No question, they have a good idea where this book is going. :)From the very first page, Kardos had me. The writing is so natural that I read the first page of the preface three times trying to determine if this was an author forward or part of the book. Rarely do you read such naturalistic prose. As the bo ...more
In my ongoing quest for books that don't seem to have been stamped out of the same old contemporary book formula mold, I picked up the Three-Day Affair with its Esquire review promise of a "roaring, the pages blurring by, dangerously accelerating" read. Esquire has a tendency towards hype, but this review didn't disappoint nor did the Three-Day Affair. The story focuses on four college friends, now older, married, and in the middle of their careers, who take an annual golf weekend together. Whil ...more
Feb 21, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A first-rate page-turner and first-rate suspense novel. The comments below originally appeared on my blog, Book Club Librarian.

A weekend getaway goes horribly awry for four college buddies who have been reuniting annually for a weekend of golf since their graduation from Princeton University. As their weekend in suburban New Jersey begins, the unexpected and drastic actions of one brings life-altering consequences for all.

As the story unfolds, readers come to re
I bought this book new, full-price, at an indie bookstore as a reward for clearing out massive amounts of old books. I'd read its rather mixed reviews, but was in the mood for a summer book, light rather than heavy lifting, not focused on women or people with summer houses -- so middling expectations at best. The criticism(s) -- the musician/recording studio character -- why, oh why, can't anyone mine this topic with success? And if these dudes went to Princeton, wow -- what a waste of tuition. ...more
This was an underwhelming listen for me. I could just never buy into the basic premise and I really did not think the characters actions seemed realistic at all. I did enjoy some of the flashback scenes to the friends college days though. Listened to the audio read by Ray Chase who, while I won't say was part of the problem, definitely did not elevate the material.
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
In movie parlance, a "high concept" script is one that can be easily pitched with a succinctly stated premise. The Three Day Affair is exactly that: the story of three long-term friends who spontaneously and inadvertently kidnap a teenage girl and then need to work how to extricate themselves from the mess that they have gotten themselves into. It's an intriguing premise and there's a nice little twist towards the end that elevates it, but ultimately this is a short story that (even though it's ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I knew where this thriller was going and so I was less than intrigued. I'm glad I stayed with it though as Kardos completely surprised me. Great read.
Sep 22, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid suspense with a good twist that I thought I saw coming but really didn't...
Feb 05, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not fast-paced but more of a slow reveal. Some great twists.
Jun 30, 2016 Dawne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a huge disappointment. I'm not sure why I even read the whole thing. I think it is because I was listening to it in my car and didn't have any other audiobooks downloaded at the time. The narrator didn't help at all - he was whiny an annoying. The main event in the book - an "accidental kidnapping" of a teenage girl by three 30 year old Princeton alums having their annual reunion was absolutely absurd. This event set in motion a series of idiotic decisions that anyone of average in ...more
Blood Rose Books
In Muchael Kardos debut novel he takes the reader to place where no one wants to go. Where one decision can destroy everything you have worked so hard to achieve: Will, Jeffrey and Nolan have been best friendssince college and once a year they get together to reconnect and relive their past adventure and well golf. Each has taken a different path in life, Will is working at a small recording studio and expecting his first child, Nolan has gotten into politics and is running for Congress and Jef ...more
Nov 21, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audiobook
Every year four college friends get together for a weekend of golf and relaxation. But this year the outing doesn’t go as planned. The weekend quickly turns into a nightmare when one of them robs a convenience store and kidnaps the clerk.

Will, a failed musician, Jeffrey, a dot-com millionaire, Evan, a lawyer, and Nolan, a state senator, have been friends since their days at Princeton. At the start of the weekend, Jeffrey needed to stop and pick up a few things at the store. Will and Nolan waited
I received this book for free from NetGalley.

Four friends plan to spend an entire weekend reminiscing about college, playing several games of golf, drinking, and playing poker. But, that so isn’t what happens – there’s a kidnapping and a robbery that ensues. I was hooked! You know, it’s the way you can’t help but look to see what has happened when you drive by a car accident. That’s how hooked I was. The suspense in this story, kept me riveted. The trainwreck that was their decision making kept
Lee Razer
This is a very entertaining and well-written literary crime novel. Four friends from their college days at Princeton have an annual tradition of getting together for a weekend of golf and reminiscing. This weekend will be the last such, you can be sure. It begins with a kidnapping of a convenience store clerk by one of the men, dragging his friends into a battle between morality and personal preservation. Playing into this current day narrative in a deep way are certain events that may or may no ...more
John Luiz
Sep 06, 2012 John Luiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Kardos first impressed me with his stories in literary magazines. Many of them were gathered in the terrific collection, One Last Good Time, that came out at the end of 2010. For his first novel, he tries his hand at the mystery suspense genre and does a terrific job. All his credentials as a literary writer remain intact because this is a very character-driven story, but one with a plot that’ll keep you find turning pages and avoiding other activities because this one is hard to put dow ...more
Betty Ann
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
I dare you to start The Three Day Affair by Michael Kardos and not race through to the end. Thankfully I had the time to do just that after starting it. Will, Jeffrey, Nolan, and Evan are old college friends who get together for a weekend reunion of golf with the guys every year. All four are successful in different ways: Jeffery is a dot com millionaire, Nolan is running for Congress, Evan is a lawyer, and Will is a struggling record producer. Both Will and Jeffrey are married and expecting the ...more
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Michael Kardos is the Pushcart Prize-winning author of the novels Before He Finds Her (2015) and The Three-Day Affair, named by Esquire as a Best Book of 2012, and the story collection One Last Good Time, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction. He received a degree in music from Princeton University and played the drums professionally for a number of years before ...more
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