A young philosophy professor finds himself in the middle of a drug-running operation after his personal life derails in this taut, white-knuckle debut for fans of Breaking Bad
Hanover Square Press
On Sale: June 18, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Oscar Boatwright, a disenchanted philosophy professor,
receives terrible news. His mother, on her way home from
Hawaii with Oscarâ€™s father, has died midflight, her body
cooling for hours until the plane can land.
Deeply grieving, Oscar feels his life slipping out of his
control. A seemingly innocuous one-night stand with a
woman named Dawn becomes volatile when, on the first day
of classes, he realizes she is his student, and later
learns that she is a fledgling campus drug lord. To make
matters worse, his family is in debt, having lost their
modest savings to a self-help guru who had indoctrinated
Oscarâ€™s mother by preying on her depression. Desperate to
help his family, Oscar breaks with his academic
personalityâ€”he agrees to help Dawn with a drug run.
A Philosophy of Ruin rumbles with brooding nihilism, then
it cracks like a whip, hurtling Oscar and Dawn toward a
terrifying threat on the road. Can Oscar halt the
acceleration of chaos? Or was his fate never in his
control? Taut, ferocious and blazingly intelligent, A
Philosophy of Ruin is a heart-pounding thrill ride into
the darkest corners of human geography, and a
philosophical reckoning with the forces that determine
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