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Arthur Pfefferkorn is a has-been, or perhaps a never-was: a middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, bestselling thriller writer William de Vallèe, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallèe not only outshone Pfefferkorn professionally, but married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.
Pfefferkorn's decision to reconnect with de Vallèe's widow sets in motion a surreal chain of events, plunging him into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue, a world where no one can be trusted--and nothing can be taken seriously.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399159039
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 26, 2017

Its like someone else wrote the 2nd half! The first half was good and I was really enjoying it then all of a sudden it became a different book, not interesting and very implausible. I skipped most of the rest of it to finish it (wasn't worth it) VERY disappointing don't waste your time!

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.

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.

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.

Oct 21, 2012

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

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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