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Easton Public Library MYS KELLERMAN, JESSE (Text to phone) 37777123519563 Adult Mystery Available -

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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.
Subject: Authors > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 0399159037
Potboiler
Potboiler
by Kellerman, Jesse
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Failed-novelist-turned-professor Arthur Pfefferkorn has long been jealous of his oldest friend, William de Vallee, who married the only woman Pfefferkorn ever loved and became a fabulously successful writer. But when de Vallee disappears at sea with his latest manuscript unfinished, Arthur is given the chance to take his place both on the bestseller lists and in the bedroom. However, there's a dark side to the deal, one that thrusts Pfefferkorn into a perilous, twisted adventure oddly similar to those of de Vallee's books. Satire works best when served with subtlety and that's just how narrator Kirby Heyborne handles it, letting the book's humor stand on its own, while also deftly rendering moments of genuine suspense. His Pfefferkorn sounds alternately passive and fussy, reluctant and eager, pretty much the kind of aimless, over-educated naif who'd allow himself to be drawn into a mess from which he can't escape. A Putnam hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 0399159037
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Potboiler
by Kellerman, Jesse
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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.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2010 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0399159037
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Arthur Pfefforkorn is a middle-aged sad sack of a college professor and washed-up literary novelist, having published one novel decades ago. In contrast, his best friend, the international best-selling thriller writer William de Vallee, has sold millions of copies and garnered enthusiastic reviews. Pfefferkorn holds his friend in secret disdain because the writing, well, isn't very good. But when de Vallee (a nom de plume, of course) is lost at sea and Pfefferkorn reunites with the widow and his former flame at the funeral, his life suddenly gets a little complicated. Intrigue and political machinations ensue. Really. VERDICT This satire-heavy novel works well in the first half. There are truly funny observations about publishing, what merits good writing, and the excesses of the thriller genre. However, the second half descends into the political intrigue of a made-up country, Zlabia, and the joke feels more than a little old by the end. Some thriller readers will pick this up on the strength of Kellerman's (The Executor; The Genius; Trouble; Sunstroke) name and will be confounded, but a few will actually love this odd hybrid of a book. [See Prepub Alert, 12/5/11.]-Andrea Y. Griffith, Olympia, WA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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