Failing grocery store manager Larry Prescott just wants a quickie. With a frigid wife waiting at home, Larry decides to have some extramarital fun with an employee named Maxine Watkins. Though he has no way of knowing it, Larry is sowing the seeds for a crime spree that will be dubbed “The MegaSaver Massacre.“
The Check Out is a satirical thriller that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore. It is the story of a $10,000 giveaway, and the employees who independently decide to heist the money on the same night. An ensemble piece, each chapter focuses on the motivations and actions of a different main character. Larry Prescott is an arrogant drunk whose affair quickly spirals towards danger. Maxine Watkins is a scheming liar, determined to claw her way out of indigence. Terrence Claybrook, the assistant manager, is an escaped convict trying to keep his past from catching up to him. Roland Tillman, a blood thirsty fugitive, reunites with his former cellmate during the MegaSaver robbery. Brad, an addiction ridden stocker, tries to turn his life around while picking up the pieces of a broken marriage. They each see the prize money as their only lifeline, and are determined to do everything necessary to grab it.
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I’m not sure there is a particular genre I belong in! I tend to take elements from different genres, and piece them together. I am also more influenced by film than literature. I like a fast-paced plot with memorable characters. I also want the reader’s jaw to drop a few times while reading!
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
The most important thing is to turn out a polished product. If you haven’t done fifteen drafts yourself, it’s not ready to pass off to someone else to edit. Yes, you have to have your work edited. No one will take you seriously otherwise. Beyond that, spend as much time as you can researching marketing methods for your book. Unless you’re Stephen King, you’ll need them.
Richard A. Lester (b 1978) is an American writer/filmmaker. He has written scripts, short stories, and one novel to date. He has also worked on several plays, and directed an independent film.
His literary influences include Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore, and Donald Ray Pollock. His other interests include history, science, and education.
He also runs a film review blog entitled A Reel Indication.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I actually worked at a grocery store, and I used to dream up events that could make my boring day go faster. Some of these ideas forged themselves into this book. I also took a lot of inspiration from film noir and exploitation films from the 1970’s.
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