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Potboiler

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Penguin Putnam
An Edgar(R) Award Nominee for Best Novel

Jesse Kellerman?the international bestselling author of The Executor and The Genius?brings his prodigious talent to bear on a topic he knows well in this hilarious and surprising spin on the modern blockbuster thriller novel.
Missing for months after a tragic boating accident, William de Vallée, the superstar thriller writer, is pronounced dead. His oldest friend, Arthur Pfefferkorn, receives the news with an unsettling mix of grief and envy. A middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations, Pfefferkorn can’t help but feel outshone by his friend’s success?especially since he married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.
But now Bill is gone, and Pfefferkorn is there to comfort Carlotta in her time of grief. Reconnecting with de Vallée’s widow makes more than one of his dreams come true . . . until it plunges him into a shadowy world of intrigue and double crosses, where no one can be trusted?and nothing can be taken seriously.


Random House, Inc.
An Edgar(R) Award Nominee for Best Novel

Jesse Kellerman—the international bestselling author of The Executor and The Genius—brings his prodigious talent to bear on a topic he knows well in this hilarious and surprising spin on the modern blockbuster thriller novel.

Missing for months after a tragic boating accident, William de Vallée, the superstar thriller writer, is pronounced dead. His oldest friend, Arthur Pfefferkorn, receives the news with an unsettling mix of grief and envy. A middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations, Pfefferkorn can’t help but feel outshone by his friend’s success—especially since he married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.

But now Bill is gone, and Pfefferkorn is there to comfort Carlotta in her time of grief. Reconnecting with de Vallée’s widow makes more than one of his dreams come true . . . until it plunges him into a shadowy world of intrigue and double crosses, where no one can be trusted—and nothing can be taken seriously.



Baker & Taylor
Torn between envy and grief when his oldest friend dies, college professor Arthur struggles with his failed ambitions while reflecting on his late friend's successes and marriage to a woman Arthur loves, with whom he reconnects over a series of surreal events. By the award-winning author of The Executor. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012
ISBN: 9780515153026
9780399159039
Branch Call Number: FIC KEL
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,24 cm.

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johr0428
Jul 17, 2014

The first half of the novel was an engaging read that held my interest in the main character and the choices he made to try to reverse what he considered to be failures in both his personal and professional pursuits. Within the space of a few pages the story changed to one of wholly improbable or unexplained events of a scope and pace that was out of sync with the first half of the book. I kept reading in hopes of a return to the author's initial style, but found that I had lost interest in the characters and whatever non-believeable outcome of the story awaited. Couldn't finish it.

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kalum
Nov 06, 2013

A perfect blend of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Donald Westlake and Monty Python that gives a brilliantly bizarre and, in my opinion, accurate commentary on the state of global politics, literature and the meaning of life.

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madrigaleyc
Feb 06, 2013

Poor book - couldn't finish it and that's a first for me!

chrissearson Nov 15, 2012

This was a terrible book. I think it was supposed to be funny, but it failed. The plot was so thick that it made no sense. I usually don't finish books that are this bad, but I really thought that it was going to have a cool and surprising ending. Ugh. Terrible. What a waste of time.

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mayfly
Oct 21, 2012

Bizarre. Does not pass GO! Stay away, stay away.

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Patsykay
Aug 30, 2012

While I have enjoyed the previous Jesse Kellerman novels, this has to be the most stupid book I have ever tried to read. I read over half of it, hoping it would improve but finally gave up. There are too many good books to read without wasting my time on something like this.

69sophie Aug 22, 2012

This book should get less than a star. I read "Genius" and was expecting something more like that book. This book falls short in so many ways that I would recommend that it receive no stars. It was probably really three different books stitched together with questionable segues. In short, I hated this book.

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