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  • ISBN: 9780399159039 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 0399159037 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: 323 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012.

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Arthur Pfefferkorn, is a middle-aged college professor with long dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, successful thriller writer William de Vallee, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallee not only outshone Pfefferkorn professionally, but married the woman Pfefferkorn loved. He struggles with his failed ambitions while reflecting on his late friend's successes and marriage. He decides to take the best-selling author's latest manuscript and publish it as his own. Although the novel brings him great success, his life soon spirals into a series of betrayals and double-crosses torn straight from the pages of his plagiarized work. His decision to reconnect with de Vallee's widow sets in motion a surreal chain of events, plunging him into a shadowy realm of intrigue, a world where no one can be trusted, and nothing can be taken seriously.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2012 May #1
    Creative-writing instructor Arthur Pfefferkorn published his only novel decades ago, but no one noticed. Arthur is morose, wallowing in his failure as a writer. He thinks often about his lifelong friend, Bill, who not only gained wealth and fame as the author of a slew of best-selling thrillers, he also married Carlotta, the woman Pfefferkorn loved. Envy has kept him from seeing Bill and Carlotta, but when Bill is lost at sea, Arthur decides to attend the memorial service. That decision changes Arthur's life forever and tosses him into a bizarre world of duplicity and danger. Kellerman (The Executor, 2010) plays this one largely for laughs, casting Pfefferkorn into the murky animosities that animate two tiny Eastern European countries, East and West Zlabia; said animosities are rooted, delightfully, in a 400-year-old literary dispute. But Kellerman is simply too interesting a writer to leave it at that. He also ruminates on the practice of writing, the experience of sudden literary success, the nature of friendship, and the contrasts between the lives of writers and spies. Potboiler is very funny—and insightful. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jesse Kellerman is the internationally bestselling author of four previous novels, The Executor, The Genius, Trouble, and Sunstroke. His books and plays have also won several awards. He lives in La Jolla, California.

Subject: Authors > Fiction.
Genre: Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.

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