Stan Parish is the former editor in chief of The Future of Everything at The Wall Street Journal and the author of the novels LOVE AND THEFT and DOWN THE SHORE. His writing has appeared in GQ, Esquire, Surface, New Jersey Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine among other publications. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and lives in Los Angeles.
AN EPIC VEGAS HEIST. A HIGH-OCTANE INTERNATIONAL ROMANCE. AND A CHARISMATIC THEIF FORCED TO ORCHESTRATE ONE FINAL, TREACHEROUS JOB TO SAVE HIS FAMILY. COMING JULY 2020 FROM DOUBLEDAY BOOKS.
PRAISE FOR LOVE AND THEFT
“A dark jewel, polished and precision-cut, beloved faces reflected in each glossy facet: Don Winslow, Elmore Leonard, Nelson DeMille. Love and Theft pays tribute to classic capers — and rivals the best of them for verve and ingenuity. A breathless adventure both starry-eyed and cool-blooded, both charming and diabolical. More, please.”
–A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“Tight, beautifully written, and crackling with full-throttle tension, Love and Theft knocked me out. An electrifying novel. Stan Parish has the stuff. For real.”
–Robert Crais, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“An absolute knockout. Love and Theft is the tightly plotted, brilliantly entertaining, stay-up-all-night thriller I’ve been waiting for. Stan Parish delivers on every level.”
–Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife and Girls Like Us
“This terrific page-turner has it all: wonderful characters, frenetic pace, blood-curdling tension, cinematic action, and hugely satisfying twists. Highly recommended.”
–Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats
“Love and Theft is the caper thriller we’ve all been waiting for—lean, sophisticated, ice-cold, endlessly surprising. What took it so long to get here?”
–Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“I just read the next great American crime novelist. Fans of Elmore Leonard rejoice. Stan Parish has arrived!”
–Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of the Simon Riske novels
“…like Don Winslow, Parish is both a hard-bitten storyteller and a very good writer. A drug-altered scene “liquefies and darkens like sugar over heat.” And the plot heats up just right. A hard-boiled thriller that’s equally good at love and theft.”
“Well-developed characters, relentless pacing, palpable levels of tension throughout, and a notable closing twist make this a winner. Parish is a thriller writer to watch.”
—Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh
AN EXHILARATING NOVEL OF REINVENTION, FRIENDSHIP, AND AMBITION— FROM THE JERSEY SHORE TO ST. ANDREWS IN SCOTLAND
Tom Alison has it all within his reach. He’s smart, handsome, and about to graduate from a prestigious East Coast boarding school. After that it’s off to the Ivy League and then a job on Wall Street, alongside the power brokers he’s been watching from a distance as the working-class son of a single mom. And then the very life his mother worked so hard to escape catches up with him when he gets busted selling drugs.
Lucky for Tom, there are places for boys and girls with ruined reputations. First, he returns to his roots on the Jersey Shore, reconnecting with a hard-living crew and cementing a bond with his new friend Clare Savage—the son of a re-cently disgraced financier. The two boys spend their summer surfing and partying. When fall arrives, they head to St. Andrews University in Scotland, a haven for Americans in need of a second chance and a favorite of the British ruling class. Tom and Clare escape to Scotland together, but it’s Tom who discovers a world shaped by even more powerful forces of greed and ambition than the one he left behind. Sucked into a maelstrom of sex, drugs, and status, Tom learns what it takes to break the rules—and how we can be broken by them.
Driven by a cast of young men and women living in an age of riotous prosperity, Down the Shore is an unflinching and unforgettable story of youth steeped in excess. Stan Parish has crafted a gripping novel that masterfully captures the lives of fallen financiers and the people they bring down with them—and reminds us that not even an ocean can separate us from our family, our friends, or our past.
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“This smoothly written coming-of-age debut by former GQ editor Parish is filled with dynamic but flawed young characters.”
“[A] globe-trotting, cocaine-and alcohol-saturated debut novel about wealth, excess, debauchery, and the dream of living the good life… Ambitious… for fans of coming-of-age novels.”
“Few novels have shown us inside the lives of disgraced financial titans as brilliantly as Down the Shore does. Stan Parish’s mesmerizing novel belongs in the grand tradition of the outsider who makes himself indispensable to the ruling class, learns all their secrets, and then passes himself off as one of them—as if Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley had a son he left behind in New Jersey.”
—Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh
“Down the Shore is both a classic campus novel and an entirely fresh, fast-paced story of modern wealth and excess. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings
“An energized, ambitious tale of youthful excess and desire, studded with secrets and deceptions.”
—Michael Hainey, author of After Visiting Friends
“In Down the Shore, Stan Parish has written a fast-paced tale of drugs, crime and surfing, which also manages to be a tender and perceptive novel about class, family, and the tension between ambition and honor.”
—Alexander Maksik, author of You Deserve Nothing and A Marker to Measure Drift
“It is the exceptional coming-of-age novel that shows us the truth not only about its hero’s maturation, but about the singular age into which he is maturing. Down the Shore is an intimate portrait of a young man, and a sweeping story of the daunting age of global finance. Stan Parish’s debut is raw, elegant, incisive, and above all, wise.”
—Matthew Sharpe, author of You Were Wrong and Jamestown