|Big Man Coming Down the Road (2007) [Novel]|
by Brad Smith
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(From the publisher):
In life, multi-millionaire Everett Eastman was a ruthless industrialist and an absentee father. In death, he becomes really aggravating. In a farewell gesture to his scattered offspring, he bequeaths each one of them a tarnished jewel from his declining empire.
The slothful and duplicitous Ben receives the thriving auto parts plant that he already oversees. He immediately sets his sights on acquiring all three companies. Reality-challenged Ethan gains ownership of a failing distillery. Their sister, the independent Kick, reluctantly assumes the reins of Great North, a small publishing company and sometime music producer.
The trio learn from the will's executor, former NHL-er turned farmer Will Montgomery, that the departing Everett has seen fit to challenge them with a series of codicils. Ben is required to fulfill a major parts contract while Ethan has to get the whisky plant back in the black. And Kick, a chronically impoverished documentary film-maker with a project on the go in Wyoming, is dismayed to learn that she is required to produce a "back tax" album with a fading country music star. The singer, Jonah Peck, proves to be every bit as cantankerous and difficult as Everett Eastman himself. Which means that Kick is out of the frying pan. And into the fire.
Original title: Big Man Coming Down the Road
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rich & Famous
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind→ Dysfunctional Families