No Strings

No Strings Richard Marzten is bored He s been married a long time to his considerably older wife and if he wants to get a little action on the side he d better do it now before he s too old But there s a smal

  • Title: No Strings
  • Author: Mark SaFranko
  • ISBN: 9780985476991
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • Richard Marzten is bored He s been married a long time to his considerably older wife, and if he wants to get a little action on the side, he d better do it now, before he s too old But there s a small complication well, than a just small complication While Richard is just a nobody from nowhere, his wife is rich Very, very rich, and she s made it possible forRichard Marzten is bored He s been married a long time to his considerably older wife, and if he wants to get a little action on the side, he d better do it now, before he s too old But there s a small complication well, than a just small complication While Richard is just a nobody from nowhere, his wife is rich Very, very rich, and she s made it possible for her husband to enjoy the finer things beyond his wildest imagination There s no way he d ever want to lose Monica But like lots of men before him, Richard has it all figured out, and he s not going to get caught stepping over the matrimonial line Richard s plan works to perfection A personals ad for a discreet affair brings on an avalanche of responses, including one lady who stands out above all the rest the stunning Gretchen Trecker Gretchen is the young wife of a wealthy and much older Long Island attorney In other words, she s Richard s counterpart She s bored too, and soon the pair plunge headlong into an affair with no strings attached exactly what Richard Marzten desired But something goes wrong Soon after ratcheting up the pressure on Richard to see her often, Gretchen disappears One day he gets a phone call from a private detective demanding that they meet he knows exactly what s become of Gretchen Trecker Richard Marzten learns that having your cake and eating it too comes with a heavy price tag indeed An intriguing page turner, NO STRINGS is a crime novel solidly in the tradition of Jim Thompson, James M Cain and Jason Starr.

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    • Lee says:

      I have to say I did not really enjoy this book. I didn't feel there was any depth in either the plot or the characters, a quick read but disappointing.

    • Cyndi Becker says:

      Richard MarztenTops the list of love to hate characters. Going into the story, I knew this would be the case. As to why, well there are a few key ones related to this story:(x) arrogance(x) sense of entitlement(x) deceitful/cheater(x) self-centeredwell, you get the pictureHere's what is great about this read. Told entirely from Richards perspective (why wouldn't it be ?), he doesn't start out as a terrible person. He's not likable really, but you don't start out hating him. At first his cleverne [...]

    • Maxine (Booklover Catlady) says:

      This one was a surprisingly interesting read, very easy to get into and an attention holder from the get-go. I didn't know what to expect diving into this book but I was not disappointed with what I got. Something a little different from books I have read lately. Suspenseful, fascinating and at times somewhat shocking. Richard Marzten thinks he’s getting away with the perfect affair—his wife will never suspect, and he’ll continue his luxurious lifestyle with the addition of afternoon tryst [...]

    • Belinda Frisch says:

      **I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**FOUR AND A HALF STARS!Richard Marzten is the man who seemingly has it all—at least materially—but he’s grown bored of his high-priced lifestyle and his matronly wife, Monica, who provides him financial freedom and little else. He wants to feel alive, and to that end takes out an advertisement for a mistress “no strings attached.” Scores of women respond via PO box, but it’s Gretchen Trekker who s [...]

    • Giedre says:

      I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! What a quick, entertaining and suspenseful read. I didn't expect much from this book but I am always interested in marriage/infidelity books so I picked this one up. I was pleasantly surprised. The story is about a man who finds his life falling apart after making a total mess out of his marriage because of boredom. Mark SaFranko is truly a gifted writer and he will have you hooked on his book af [...]

    • Ujjwal Dey says:

      How many of you really read pulp-fiction? And how many of you bemoan the genre of pulp-fiction. By definition it is allegedly cheap writing on cheap pulp paper. Yet, somehow, genius emerges even in such decrepitness. It is like watching a beautiful lotus bloom at night in the middle of a sewage pond. Is it the night that darkens the mood? Is it the sewage that betrays the night? Is it the lotus which makes us feel comfortable in the dark, stenchful, middle of nowhere?What I am rambling about is [...]

    • Tyler Chase says:

      No Strings was one of those books that sort of grabs you from the start, keeps you reading until late in the night, and again as soon as you wake up. I love SaFranko's writing style. It's captivating, hypnotic - a treat that keeps you turning the pages. I say that despite the fact that I wanted to throttle the main character many times. Just when I started to like him, and found myself rooting for him, he'd do or say something utterly reprehensible regarding his wife. Just unforgivable. If it ha [...]

    • Princess Godoy says:

      (i received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honset review)When I started reading this, I didn't know if this is comedy or what because the plot is so new and interesting . . .This is a book about infedility And the interesting part about this is the narrator of the story is the cheater and he came to persuade how what his doing is right and justifiable. And no matter how many time he came to do the wrong thing you will find yourself rooting for the main character.This book is a one heck o [...]

    • Elisa says:

      I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley. Thank you, Publishing!A quick, suspenseful read. The last time I was rooting so much for such an unlikeable, amoral character, it was Headhunters, by Jo Nesbo. It also reminds me of the classic noir movies that it even brings up, like Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. You feel like a psychopath for wanting the main character get away with it, but you can't help it.

    • Tiffany says:

      Great twist and turnsdid not see some of the plot twist coming.

    • Martin Appleby says:

      SaFranko's protagonist in No Strings, Richard Marzten, is a man who has it all; coming from humble beginnings in a small mining community in backwater Pennsylvania, he has married into money and finds himself living in the lap of luxury in the affluent New Jersey suburbs. He is living the dream and wants for nothing, or does he? The thing about dreams is that once they come true, oftentimes they don't quite live up to the billing. It is human nature to want more, to get better, to strive for gre [...]

    • Martin Appleby says:

      SaFranko's protagonist in No Strings, Richard Marzten, is a man who has it all; coming from humble beginnings in a small mining community in backwater Pennsylvania, he has married into money and finds himself living in the lap of luxury in the affluent New Jersey suburbs. He is living the dream and wants for nothing, or does he? The thing about dreams is that once they come true, oftentimes they don't quite live up to the billing. It is human nature to want more, to get better, to strive for gre [...]

    • Diamond Drake says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed No Strings! From the very beginning I was drawn in and I couldn't wait to find out what foolish thing Richard would do next. I couldn't stand him and I spent the majority of the book hoping for his demise! Still, I felt completely involved with nearly everything he did. I was stressed and tense when he made his escape from the hotel as well as when he made his drive across town with George. I became enraged whenever Richard expressed his thoughts about Monica and particularl [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      Hitchcock meets Elmore Leonard! Well worth reading, and only 250 pages or so. I was a bit hesitant about this book given the premise (married man devises a way to cheat), but I was quickly wrapped up in my dislike for the main character, and then I was wrapped up in what he was getting himself into, and then I was wrapped up in how it all started to fall apart. Suddenly, it was over and I could let out the breath I didn't know I'd been holding.

    • Craig Allen says:

      This was a nice surprise--I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. I read this in about six hours and was intrigued by the story of a man who finds his life falling apart after cheating on his rich wife. Everything falls apart for the main character, who is interesting to read about yet hard to root fort I sort of found myself rooting for him at points, too. I really enjoyed this and found it very fast paced.

    • Kristen Jett says:

      NO STRINGS is a fast, enjoyable read. Richard Marzten thinks he has it all figured out. He stays with his wife (and her cosy money), and he has a well planned affair. No feelings. No strings. No way of getting caught. When things start to unravel, how far will he go to protect himself? To hide his affair? This is a dark read - with many twists, causing you to wonder what a person does when pressed. Not much can be said without giving the plot away, but this book is well worth the read.

    • Tom Simon says:

      Perfect PulpThis was a fantastic novel about a bored husband who finds himself spiraling from an erotic encounter into a hellhole of crime, intrigue, and cover-ups. A short, easy read that made me want to delve deeper into this author's back catalog.

    • Phil says:

      'No Strings' is the first of Safranko's psychological thrillers I've read, and I suppose I was expecting something of the thick, claustrophobic nightmare of a Simenon (a hero of Safranko's). I'm not sure I got what I was expecting, but I do know I enjoyed the read all the same.Our narrator is one Richard Marzten, a man "tired of endlessly fantasizing and not doing anything about it." He has dreamed up a way to commit the perfect extramarital affair. He will arouse his older wife Monica's suspici [...]

    • A Reader's Heaven says:

      (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)Richard Marzten thinks he’s getting away with the perfect affair—his wife will never suspect, and he’ll continue his luxurious lifestyle with the addition of afternoon trysts.But cheaters never prosper, and, in Richard’s case, they may not even live. His lies begin to unravel, and his fling with Gretchen turns from a dream to a nightmare. The man who had it all soon realizes that his foolish foray coul [...]

    • Lisa says:

      You can find more reviews Mademoisellesnow BlogWhen I first began reading this book I was pretty excited with the idea of this suspenseful story. But when I did start reading I absolutely hated the main character! He was just so full of himself and just all round awful! The beginning of the story really reminded me of Gone Girl but the similarities ended there. The rest of the story was just average, but at one point I found that I was so annoyed at the main character Richard that I really didn [...]

    • Sianna says:

      **3.5 Stars**When I first started reading the book, I was really excited because it reminded me of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. However, the likeness was short lived. It was intriguing enough for me to keep reading but…the main character was so unlikeable & annoying. Eventually, I didn’t really care what happened to him. I just wanted to know the resolution. I did like the little twist at the end, if you can call it that. It was alluded to throughout the book. By the end of the book, I w [...]

    • Shawna says:

      ARC provided by NetGalley:This book was a decent enough story, suspenseful enough to keep me reading. My problem was with the main character, Richard. He was just so unlikeable to me that I couldn't get past that annoyance enough to enjoy the story. Yes, that's the point as he was a cheater. But there's a fine line between being a cad and being so distasteful that it turns a reader off. The latter was the case for me.

    • Julie says:

      I received this novel from NetGalley.This novel is far from what I would normally read, however, it drew me in from the first page.It does get a little out of hand, quite quickly and speeds through to the highly predictable conclusion.That being said, it is well written, fast-paced and a fun little novel.

    • Stathis says:

      d so it startsother bored life leading to a safe affair But as always, trying to hide leads to a mess and this mess is huge. Mark Safranko has the gift of the normal gab And he hooks u after the third word because somehow his hero reminds you of yourself And that my dear readers is Art at its best

    • Shaileen says:

      It was dullThe whole story was morbid and it just kept losing me. MAybe it's just Ms but it was a waste of time.

    • Booklover says:

      A chilling read! Definitely a page turner.

    • Carrie says:

      At first, I thought this was going to be a pretty cliche book, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story and ending.

    • Mary Gunderson says:

      Yuck. Whiny, self-indulgent young women.

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