Richard A Lester

Author, Filmmaker, Musician

Monday, August 26, 2013

Great Review of The Check Out

Just wanted to share this review of The Check Out!

Richard Lester's novel, THE CHECK OUT, will grip you from the very beginning and not let go until the final, violent, conclusion. Set under the roof of a local grocery store, Lester strongly weaves the stories of upper management and employees along a darkened path of corruption, sex, and violence. It is a story reeling in dirt, as each chapter introduces a voice to the MegaSaver, each with their own evil plan in mind.

It is story rooted in the corruption of man, the struggles of daily life, and the sometimes painful consequences to choices. A superb first novel, Lester takes pride in crafting each character, each plot device, and each scene intricately stepping us toward that inevitable ending. He knows these characters, hell, we all know these sort of characters, which makes Lester's story more than just a one-genre-tale. It successfully blends a bit of Elmore Leonard, Roger Avery, and Gregory Crewsdon into 200-pages, gripping you at every turn.

My only struggle, if I had to name one, would be the timing of this book. I lost focus sometimes on the timeline itself (how many days did this story cover), but that was after the completion of the story. The story is where the core of Lester's talent lies, and it is obvious he did his research and left no question unanswered.

A very strong outing by a first time author, I would suggest asking your local bookstore to carry this gritty pulp story. The packaging is fantastic and it makes for a superb wind-down to the summer season. Well worth the time. This was a great read!

Richard A Lester's Movies

Night of the Snakehead Fish (2003)

Laura was looking forward to a romantic camping trip with her boyfriend to rekindle the flames of passion. Unfortunately for her, he had other plans. Now Laura and a group of friends are trapped in the woods, surrounded by aggressive killer fish. Ripped from last summer's headlines, this movie will have you asking the question, "Can love really beat the snakehead fish?"

  • Starring: Charity Mulder, Julia Finch, Lacy Norman, Jeremy Blankenship, Vince Rogers, James Godwin, Josh Summitt, and Geoff Albert.
  • Original Music: Josh Summitt, Geoff Albert, and Richard A Lester
  • A Fight The Bite Production
  • Written and Directed by Richard A Lester.










Richard A Lester's Movies

Stacked Deck (2015)

Jeff Tate racks up an insurmountable debt at the poker table. Unable to make even a modest payment, he is given one option to walk away: Russian Roulette. 'Luck's a dime a dance girl,' the mob boss tells him. 'Let's see if you can soft shoe your way to ten cents or a bullet.' Jeff places the gun to his head, not knowing the outcome for himself or those around him.






  • Starring: Brett Trail, Charisse Norment, Thomas Hunt, and Joshua Shipp.
  • Cinematographer: Stephen Hildreth
  • Sound: Sam Bahre
  • Production Assistants: Celeste Dixon, David Virone
  • Titles: Andrew Fleming
  • Original Music: Kevin Macleod
  • Produced by Sam Bahre and Richard A Lester.
  • An Azbest Films/Piano Man Pictures Production
  • Written and Directed by Richard A Lester.

Richard A Lester's Movies

Azbest Films

For the past two years, I have had the immense pleasure of working with Azbest Films. We have a growing roster of short films, music videos, music projects, and other odds and ends. Please visit the Azbest site to see what we are up to!

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Piano Man Pictures

I have also been fortunate enough to work on a number of productions for Piano Man Pictures. I have been involved in music videos, documentaries, cooking shows, and even appeared in a few shorts. Stacked Deck was a co-production of Azbest and Piano Man Pictures.

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The Check Out

Failing grocery store manager Larry Prescott just wants a quickie. With a frigid wife waiting at home, Larry decides to have some extramarital fun with an employee named Maxine Watkins. Though he has no way of knowing it, Larry is sowing the seeds for a crime spree that will be dubbed "The MegaSaver Massacre."

The Check Out is a satirical thriller that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore. It is the story of a $10,000 giveaway, and the employees who independently decide to heist the money on the same night. An ensemble piece, each chapter focuses on the motivations and actions of a different main character. Larry Prescott is an arrogant drunk whose affair quickly spirals towards danger. Maxine Watkins is a scheming liar, determined to claw her way out of indigence. Terrence Claybrook, the assistant manager, is an escaped convict trying to keep his past from catching up to him. Roland Tillman, a blood thirsty fugitive, reunites with his former cellmate during the MegaSaver robbery. Brad, an addiction ridden stocker, tries to turn his life around while picking up the pieces of a broken marriage. They each see the prize money as their only lifeline, and are determined to do everything necessary to grab it.



2014 TIVA PEER AWARD WINNER​ 2014 SIBA AWARD NOMINEE

Richard A Lester's Podcasts

Creative Differences:

Author/Filmmaker Richard A Lester interviews the creative types in their natural environments around Memphis, TN. You can listen on Podomatic or Youtube!







The Dizzy Ramblers:

The bad boys of Azbest take lesser loved movies for a spin. Richard was a guest numerous times on the podcast. You can listen here!

Richard A Lester's Music

The Renault Brothers

David Joseph Virone and I have started an acoustic duo called The Renault Brothers. We perform originals and more obscure covers. I play acoustic guitar, foot tambourine, and harmonica. I am also a vocalist and songwriter for the duo. Dave plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandoline, and does vocals. He also writes songs for us.

You can keep up with all of our dates on our Facebook Page.