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Michael Kardos


Michael Kardos

Michael Kardos is the author of the novels BEFORE HE FINDS HER (2015) and THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR an Esquire best book of 2012, as well as the story collection ONE LAST GOOD TIME, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook THE ART AND CRAFT OF FICTION: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewCrazyhorse,  Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, have won a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and were cited several times as notable stories in Best American Short Stories. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. He was named by Library Journal as a Big Breakout Author for February 2015.

Michael Kardos

Books by Michael Kardos

by Michael Kardos - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away, has lived 15 years in the Witness Protection Program, and is coming back to reconcile her past. In the quest to find her father before he finds her, Melanie’s story becomes one about love, faith and fear --- and how the most important things can become terribly distorted when we cling to them too fiercely.

by Michael Kardos - Fiction, Mystery

One night, when three longtime friends are out for a drive, Jeffrey tells the others to stop at a convenience store and shocks them when he drags a young woman out from the store and into the car. Obeying Jeffrey's orders to drive, Will and Nolan suddenly find themselves guilty of harboring a kidnapped hostage, and a thrilling three days result before the fate of the car's four occupants is decided.