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NEW from Pagan Publications Ireland: Land of Lies by Cal Murphy available on all Amazon Book Stores Today #novel
Writer, Cal Murphy, touches down at LAX. His Marine pal, Johnny Kensow, picks him up and the two drink themselves into the following week. For this week and two more, Cal obsessively documents his day-to-day happenings as well as the criticisms, insights, and hallucinations that come with them.
With an endgame in sight and a meantime for degeneracy and brilliance, Cal is certain the next phase of his life will pan out better than the last. When his sure-thing living situation falls through, and then his job, he begins to second-guess this rationale. His new self quickly devolves into his old: a womanizing, self-loathing drunk.
This old self is explained as journal entries from day's past surface—many of them dealing with his ex, their fallout, as well as the dismantling of American principle at the behest of a tyrannical minority; all of them revolving around one essential theme: egocentric rage hidden behind the tenuous veil of altruism.
When Cal finally does find a place to live it is alongside a Saudi prince and two drug dealers. As amusing as they are dangerous, the trio quickly raises the stakes for Cal in his quest for truth, art, and intoxication. Eventually, however, they too must leave—some voluntarily, others not—and Cal is once again alone.
Bottoming out, with no more than an ember of ambition to fuel the course, Cal’s past pushes back into his present, this time for good reason; he is offered a deal for a show he pitched to a TV executive when blacked-out drunk. Seeking one final fresh start, Cal gathers together what little sanity he has left and waits for the exec to send word that the deal is done, biding his time in the interim courting a new love interest: this time a thirty-seven year old stripper.
Ever the unintentional life of the party, Cal is decidedly indifferent to it all.
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