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Lucky Bastard by Gary V. Powell

Main Street Rag
$15.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-59948-382-5
December, 2012
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"A delightful read you won't want to put down! Gary V. Powell has created a working class world rich with suspenseful adventure, alive with humor and heart wrenching pathos. The world of this novel teems with original, hard scrabble characters grappling with a surprising array of life's inevitable crises. I loved listening in on their quick and inventive banter. Powell''s protagonist, Jimmy McClean is a complex man of our time who has the power to make everyone in his world feel better; he stole this readers heart!"
—Teresa Burns Gunther, Founder of Lakeshore Writers Workshop in Oakland, California

"Mr. Powell uses words like a master artist uses oil and brushes to paint vivid pictures of his characters, their problems, and their strengths. He makes readers feel as if they've personally known these people for years—to feel pity for some and hatred for others. He also manages to slip in a bit of social commentary, without sounding preachy, while making readers anxious to find out what happens next."
—Mr. Coyle, author of The Dream Merchant of Lisbon, No Game for Amateurs, and Diamonds And Deceit: The Search For The Missing Romanov Dynasty Jewels

"This well-paced novel is filled with sharply drawn characters, dry witticisms, and a delightful sprinkling of irreverence. Through his protagonist, Jim McLean, Powell offers an intriguing blend of biting social commentary and quirky, poignant insights. Lucky Bastard kept me guessing… and turning pages… to the very end."
—Bob Strother, author of Scattered, Smothered, and Covered

Set on the eve of The Great Recession near the shores of fictional Lake Catawba, prize-winning author Gary V. Powell gives us Lucky Bastard, a debut novel that is part rollicking road-trip thriller, part love story, and part character study. After landing the first big customer for his new handyman business and wrangling a date with sweet Becky Newberry, Vietnam vet Jimmy McLean believes things are looking up-until a quarter ton of home-grown marijuana mysteriously appears on his boat, his ex-wife's teenage niece, Nora, disappears with a stranger on a motorcycle, and old buddy, Harley Hopewell, is arrested for a homicide he may or may not have committed. Haunted by lingering dreams of war, Jimmy struggles to create a better life for himself while remaining loyal to old friends and family. Before it's over, he faces down a ruthless drug dealer, puts his life on the line with a famous gangster rapper, and fixes a few broken lives with the same care he fixes a house in need of repair.

Gary V. Powell’s stories have appeared in several print and online literary journals including moonShine Review, The Thomas Wolfe Review, Blue Lake Review, and The Newport Review. In addition, several of his stories have placed or been selected as finalists in national contests. Most recently, his story "Home Free" won an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest and his story "Super Nova" received an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Press 53 Awards. He has work forthcoming at Fiction 365 and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

He's working on a second novel, tentatively entitled, Whole Life.

He lives near the shores of Lake Norman, North Carolina, with his beautiful wife and amazing son.

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