Hard Truth

by Andrew Butters

Hard TruthTo the outsider, Thomas Van Steen seems to have everything—a successful business, beautiful, sexy wife, loyal best friend, expensive cars, and custom-tailored suits. But on the inside, his life is not as perfect as it seems. His aging mother is experiencing rapidly declining health. To see her through her last days, he has set her up in his New York City penthouse, with the best care money can buy. The second flaw in this perfect life? Thomas is oblivious to the fact that he’s a misogynistic, narcissistic hypocrite who treats everyone except his mother with contempt and disdain.

Celebrating a huge win at a poker game, and on the verge of closing an incredible business deal, Thomas and his idyllic existence come to a screeching halt. Exiting his apartment in a rush, he finds himself trapped in the elevator when the power goes out. Feeds from the building’s security cameras are still live, though, keeping him from being completely cut off from the exterior world. Unfortunately, these only provide grainy pictures and sounds echoing off the building’s stairwells, corridors, and lobby to give him clues to what’s happening outside. Nothing he sees or hears is reassuring to him.

Trapped inside, powerless in every way, he feels the cracks forming in the carefully-laid foundations of his world—exposing a cold, hard truth he is unprepared to face. (172 pages, Stirling Press, 2018)

“Deeply unsettling, kept me up late into the night. A writer to watch.”
—AJ Aalto, Bestselling Author of The Marnie Baranuik Files

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Andrew ButtersAndrew is a 40-something married father of two living in Cambridge, Ontario. He will tell you that his first published work was Losing Vern as part of the Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior anthology but in reality, it was a 500-word anecdote about how he accidentally lit himself on fire that made it into the third installment of the Darwin Awards books. Fire is not the only foe for Andrew as he has received four severe concussions and four “minor” ones, the last coming in the summer of 2011. It goes without saying that he is totally on board with head protection and brain health. Not all his distinctions are as dubious as appearing in a Darwin Awards book. He has also been on stage with Penn and Teller, on TV with Super Dave Osborne, scored a game winning goal at Maple Leaf Gardens, "sold" music to filmmaker Kevin Smith, was given 3 seconds of non-speaking airtime in a TV commercial, and appeared as a fighting vagrant in a rap video. He currently blogs, writes novels, is a huge fan of golf, hockey, science, equality, and the Oxford comma. Andrew sometimes lets his love of attention override common sense. Evidence of this can be found pretty much anywhere you can find Andrew. More books from Andrew.