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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Executor - A Review

The Executor - Jesse Kellerman (review from publisher)

Product Details (via B&N)

  • Pub. Date: April 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Hardcover, 352pp
  • Sales Rank: 29,856

Synopsis(via B&N)

A masterful, inventive thriller from a remarkably assured and always surprising young writer. Perpetual graduate student Joseph Geist is at his wit's end. Recently kicked out of their shared apartment by his girlfriend, he's left with little more than a half bust of Nietzsche's head and the realization that he's homeless and unemployed. He's hit a dead end on his dissertation; his funding has been cut off. He doesn't even have a phone. Desperate for some source of income, he searches the local newspaper and finds a curious ad: CONVERSATIONALIST SOUGHT. SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY. PLEASE CALL 617-XXX-XXXX BETWEEN SEVEN A.M. AND TWO P.M. NO SOLICITORS. And so Joseph meets Alma Spielman: a woman who, with her old-world ways and razor-sharp mind, is his intellectual soul mate. How is he to know that what seems to be the best decision of his life is the one that seals his fate?

My Thoughts:

I'm having a hard time putting into words what I thought of this book and I'm not sure why. I really enjoyed it. I found it to be interesting and engaging.

I don't know how I would classify this book. It's part mystery, part one man's story. I guess it doesn't really fit into any one niche, but it is good and definitely worth a read.

My only complaint is the narration perspective changed in the last little bit of the book which threw me a bit but once I adjusted, I decided it worked okay with the book itself.

So I'm going to keep this review short and succinct. If you're looking for a different kind of read, you should consider this book.


Author's Website:

Jesse Kellerman

6 comments:

June Freaking Cleaver said...

This sounds like something I'd get right into, and not stop until I got to the last page.

Thanks for the review!

Irene said...

Sounds good.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Interesting. I am glad you enjoyed this book. I was curious about it. Thanks!

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This does sound interesting and unique. I've read some of the older Kellermans' work, and I've been wondering what Jesse Kellerman's novels are like. It sounds like the characters would pull me right in.

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Charlie Courtland said...

Hello to a fellow Pac. NW book blogger. When I look at this book cover I can't help but image the blue door mentioned in the new TV series 'Happy Town.' The cover alone makes me want to pick up this book!

Charlie
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Kathy said...

Sounds like a book to read! I have read both his parents and enjoyed so I'll need to give this author a try!
Thanks for the review.
Kathy
(http://bookdiary2010.blogspot.com)