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ULR Feature: THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO SUICIDE by Andrew Armacost

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Being a prison guard is often stressful and dangerous, so it’s not surprising that the suicide rate among prison guards is nearly 40% higher than the average for all occupations in America; these elements form the terrain of THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO SUICIDE (Moonshine Cove Press), a tragicomic literary novel by Andrew H. Armacost.

THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO SUICIDE is a moving yet comical tale of an embittered prison guard, working at a correctional facility on the outskirts of Indianapolis, who decides the only meaningful thing left for him to do in life is die.

Most prison guards work hard just to survive each day and Wesley Weimer is no exception. As Armacost’s lead character peels back the layers of his life, he doesn’t like what he sees. A twice-divorced father of two, he realizes his life has grown lifeless. With child support payments sucking him dry, and most of his free time spent either taking care of his crippled mother or struggling through painful visits with his children, Wesley can’t help but wonder if there’s any point to carrying on.

With Christmas right around the corner, Wesley persuades a prisoner to strangle him for ten thousand dollars – this way, at least his kids can cash in on the life insurance. There’s just one problem…he doesn’t have ten thousand dollars!

This noir ‘why-done-it’ offers a humanizing look at both inmates and guards as it propels readers into the guts of a bleak yet fascinating subculture, while offering a spiritual life-ring to a drowning demographic: non-custodial fathers. Passionate and persuasive, emotional and humorous, Armacost’s latest book (his third published novel to date) is compelling storytelling at its best and makes for a powerful read, tough to put down.

In fact, THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO SUICIDE was short-listed by Library Journal as one of the best “Books for Dudes” in 2014

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About the Author


Andrew Armacost studied literature and writing in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh after serving in the U.S. Navy, during which time he worked at sea and overseas, with long-term assignments to both Afghanistan and Singapore. Formerly a Corrections Officer for the State of Indiana, Mr. Armacost has also resided in Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Japan, California and, most recently, Virginia, where he currently lives with his family.


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IF YOU LOSE YOUR WILL TO LIVE-CAN YOU EVER GET IT BACK? SCOTT PHILLIPS, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF “THE ICE HARVEST” LATER MADE INTO A MOVIE STARRING JOHN CUSAK SAYS, “…a decent man at the end of his rope…Armacost’s writing is wonderfully funny and sad, and I will be reading whatever he writes from now on.” The Poor Man’s Guide to Suicide” is a powerful, slashing, terrifying, hilarious, explosive, sarcastic, misanthropic and lyrical black comedy about losing your will to live-and possibly getting it back. Wesley Weimer, a twice-divorced prison guard and failed father of two, realizes his life has grown lifeless. Child support payments suck him dry and he’ll never finish that degree. Most of his free time is spent tending to his crippled mother or else writhing through painful visits with his children. So with Christmas right around the corner, Wesley persuades a prisoner to strangle him for ten thousand dollars-this way, at least his kids can cash in on the life insurance. The only problem is, he doesn’t have ten thousand dollars… “Funny and well-conceived.”—Dan Fante, author of “Chump Change” and “Mooch.” “

Armacost’s fictional depiction of depression has an alarmingly real feel.”—Library Journal, Douglas Lord, “Books for Dudes.” “…wry humor and a surprising degree of wisdom…seems lifted right off the pages of [a Woody] Allen script…“Kirkus Reviews.”

“…true grit at its best…a powerful read that will satisfy any who like dark, gritty noir writing…”—D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, “MidWest Book Review.” “…delves into the male psyche…feelings of failure and hopelessness…despair and utter lack of hope rang true…”—“Opinionated Reviewer.”

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