Chris Beal is currently reading HUNGRY GHOST by Keith Kachtick

Here is the blurb from Harper Collins, the publisher:

Carter Cox is 38, a talented but dissipated freelance photographer living in New York’s East Village with his sad dog and his bad habits. Though Carter travels to exotic places taking pictures of models and celebrities, he yearns to do more meaningful artistic work and to mend his womanizing, substance-abusing ways. He also tries to practice what he learns from his Buddhist betters but continues to carry with him his “seduction kit” — a chessboard, cigarettes, a deck of cars, and a Cormac McCarthy novel — along with a plentiful supply of rationalizations for his caddish behavior.

At a Buddhist retreat in upstate New York, Carter meets Mia Malone, 26, beautiful, smart, and serious — a devout Catholic interested in other religions and determined to remain a virgin until she is married. Carter falls hard, and Mia — attracted by Carter’s struggle with Buddhism, his passion for art, and his knowledge of the world — nervously agrees to join him on a five-night, beachfront photo shoot in Morocco. With both of their souls hanging in the balance, they quickly go from the ocean to hot water. During their romantic standoff, Carter and Mia crash their rental car, get arrested, run afoul of a sadistic gendarme, and try to flee the country — an adventure that leads to the discovery that karma and the human heart work in mysterious ways indeed. With its sure pace and narrative surprises, Hungry Ghost is a sharp and sexy novel about chastity and salvation, and will satisfy any reader’s appetite for entertainment and literary excellence.

Stay tuned for comments and some questions for readers in about a month.

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