The Phone in the Fishbowl

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Pub Date 23 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 30 May 2022

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Blake Seever is really trying this time. After nearly destroying his life (and the lives of those around him) with his heroin addiction, he's completed a treatment program and is now working a steady square gig at Telesolutions, a cold-calling firm that offers everything from cosmetics to green vending options.

This should be the most boring part of recovery, slowly acclimating back to a normal life, a normal job with normal hours. But when one phone call goes awry, Blake finds himself in a struggle with the man on the other end of the line that may prove fatal.

The Phone in the Fishbowl is a postmodern tale of a duel to reclaim lost honor, with shades of everything from Arthur Schnitzler's Lieutenant Gustl to Mike Judge's Office Space.

Blake Seever is really trying this time. After nearly destroying his life (and the lives of those around him) with his heroin addiction, he's completed a treatment program and is now working a steady...


A Note From the Publisher

Joseph Hirsch is the author of several published novels. "The Phone in the Fishbowl" is his fourth with Black Rose Writing. His shorter works have appeared in numerous outlets, including 3 AM Magazine, Bull: Men's Fiction, and Zahir: A Journal of Speculative Fiction. His poetry has also appeared in Terror House and Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon. He served four years in the U.S. Army, in which his travels took him to Iraq, Germany, and Texas. He holds an MA in Germanistik from the University of Cincinnati and is online at www.joeyhirsch.com. Lastly, he has a dog, a terrier named Tiffany.

Joseph Hirsch is the author of several published novels. "The Phone in the Fishbowl" is his fourth with Black Rose Writing. His shorter works have appeared in numerous outlets, including 3 AM...


Advance Praise

"a page turner... powerful." –Cetywa Powell, author Underground Voices

"a page turner... powerful." –Cetywa Powell, author Underground Voices


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Never before have I read a book that has pulled me into the life of a character like this book has. It felt so voyeuristic and at times it was as though I were right inside the head of the main character. Blake is a nice guy who has made some poor choices in his life, and I really connected with him for that reason. He is such an underdog in many ways, and I found myself wanting him to rise above and persevere. I found this book to be heavily character driven and light on plot, but I liked it in spite of this due to the character being so well thought out. I really cared about Blake and his problems. I wasn't expecting the book to end the way it did, but it was fitting because Blake got what he ultimately desired.

The writing flowed well and was easy to comprehend, which made it a pretty fast read. I give this book a solid 4 star rating because I did enjoy it; I just wish the story itself had a little bit more to it.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions. Many thanks to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing.

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This book was an interesting look into the mind of a person who is addicted to heroin. The addiction itself is often its own character, with thoughts and dialog in the story. I have not ever been addicted to anything, but have learned that the strength of an addiction often knows no bounds, and it was gut-wrenching to read about its hold on Blake. I was really rooting for him throughout the book.

I think that this book could be a good read for both people who have had addictions, and those who have not. People who have had addictions can relate to Blake, and understand his actions. People who have not had an addiction can get an idea of what it may be like to suffer from one, and possibly get some insight on how to feel empathy for someone they may know who is addicted.

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The Phone in the Fishbowl
by Joseph Hirsch

Description
Blake Seever is really trying this time. After nearly destroying his life (and the lives of those around him) with his heroin addiction, he's completed a treatment program and is now working a steady square gig at Telesolutions, a cold-calling firm that offers everything from cosmetics to green vending options.

This should be the most boring part of recovery, slowly acclimating back to a normal life, a normal job with normal hours. But when one phone call goes awry, Blake finds himself in a struggle with the man on the other end of the line that may prove fatal.

The Phone in the Fishbowl is a postmodern tale of a duel to reclaim lost honor, with shades of everything from Arthur Schnitzler's Lieutenant Gustl to Mike Judge's Office Space.


How could I not cheerfor Blake. It was watching someone too privatly as he tries to just get ahead. Then the worse happens. I really loved this book and the cover.

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