A Novel by Marc Paul Kaplan –
Two dangerous men on a collision course that can only end in tragedy.
1969 Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Anything goes in this burgeoning ski resort in the modern wild West. Then into this rarefied and challenging mountain atmosphere arrives Matthew Green, tightly wound, mentally and physically scarred from his tour in Vietnam, wanting nothing more than a chance to heal, time to relax, ski and reclaim the person he was before his horrifying experience in the jungles of Southeast Asia. But Matthew’s hope for a low-key respite from his troubles is about to be shattered.
This novel explores how men learn violence and how those who seek a life that exceeds it struggle. Matthew wants a life of value and love, but he’s learned to survive by his instincts using physical force and weapons.
Then he encounters Franky Fiorini, the bastard son of a New York mobster who seeks to avenge his father’s incarceration. Franky is driven by ambition to work with brutal men and be accepted by their standards.
When Wesley Crow crowds his way into Matthew’s life, Matthew forms his first positive attachment. As Matthew vacillates in his control of his anger and instincts, Wesley reveals that he has a similar past. Wesley has come to terms with his nightmares from the Korean War. Can he help Matthew find a path away from his history?
Filled with razor sharp characterizations and local color, Marc Paul Kaplan’s debut novel is a sizzling thriller combining the soaring and dangerous slopes of the Rockies with an edgy and sometimes brutal tale of revenge and the hope for redemption.
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• Honorable Mention 2007 DIY Book Festival Award (Fiction category)
• Honorable Mention 2006 Hollywood Book Festival Award (General Fiction category).
“Over the Edge is a crime thriller, a love story, and a remarkably knowledgeable and compelling tale about skiing.”
— Richard A. Lupoff, Author of Quintet: The Cases of Chase and Delacroix
“Kaplan writes with an eye for visual detail and a breathless style, with punchy sentences that whisk readers through the action.”
—Melanie White, Jackson Hole News & Guide
“Those who follow the impulse to read Over The Edge are in for an avalanche of fun. Kaplan uses the backdrop of a vintage Jackson to paint an edgy tale of murder and redemption . . . Characters, when not jumping off cliffs, jump off the page.”
—Robert Frohlich, Big Sky Journal
“The skiing scenes in Over The Edge are ecstatic, and will make you long for the reappearance of winter.”
—Betty J. Webb, Mystery Scene Magazine
“This debut thriller crackles with energy . . . a taut thriller that I didn’t want to put down.”
—Darren Sutherland, Wood River Journal
“A quick-paced read . . . takes the reader through the trees and over some bumps without destroying any knees.”
—Dana Dugan, Reviewer/Staff Writer, Idaho Mountain Express
“An exciting outdoor thriller that takes on interesting themes of violence and war, particularly through the eyes of two different war veterans, one from Vietnam, the other Korea. But it’s the skiing world of 1969 Jackson Hole that makes this a page-turner.”
—Richard Cook, Owner, Sunrise Bookshop in Berkeley, California
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