Tour: Third Wheel

By Richard R Becker

November 17 – 20

Audio, Getting Ready by Ahjay Stelino

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  • Genre:  Coming of Age story; Crime
  • Print length: 324 pages; 82K words
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature older teenagers
  • Trigger warnings: violent deaths; teenage drug use; death of a young person
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
  • Amazon rating: New release, not yet rated

About third wheel

Las Vegas, 1982. Brady Wilks, a teenage transplant from the Midwest, navigates life in the dusty suburban outskirts of an aberrant 24-hour town built by the Mob. Outcast as a newcomer, Brady forges a brotherly bond with an older teenage neighbor, Mick, and his friend, Brett. But when Brett unexpectedly moves away, Mick invites a new kid into their pack, squeezing out the last remnants of their childhood in favor of a new world laced with cartel-supplied drugs and the deal of a lifetime.Third Wheel is a powerful novel about belonging, betrayal, and breaking away from paths laid out by others, even when it means grasping at an uncertain future. It is the story of a boy trying to find his identity without the benefit of a role model by taking chances on random and fragile relationships forged in the predawn hours of a future boomtown.Desolate and gritty, Third Wheel is a triumphant debut novel, and Brady Wilks is remarkable as a transformative protagonist. Four-time award-winning author Richard R. Becker shares his unique insight into the human condition.

Praise for third wheel

This bleak but not entirely hopeless coming-of-age novel offers plenty of elements that will keep readers engaged. ….A dark and skillful teenage crime novel with plenty of heart. Kirkus Reviews

Rating: 5 out of 5.

 an exhilarating story that portrays the struggles of a teenager to keep up with his friends’ activities even though he appears to be the least experienced in terms of age and everything else… There was no part of the book I didn’t like….As a result, I rate the book five out of five stars. Online Book Club review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

 Becker’s storytelling technique incorporates realistic characters and subplots into a vivid story that is as engaging as it is thought-provoking. Readers’ Favorite 


Richard R. Becker is the award-winning, best-selling American author of 50 States and its companion, Ten Threads. His debut collection of short stories won first place in the Spring 2022 BookFest Awards; 2023 Book Excellence Awards for short stories; and ABR Book Excellence Awards for literary fiction, psychological thrillers, and short stories. It was also named a finalist in the IAN Book of the Year Awards. Third Wheel is his first novel. He is married and lives in Las Vegas. He invites you to visit him at

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