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In Finder's newest business thriller (after Company Man), Jason Steadman, a middle-management salesman for an international electronics firm, befriends mysteriously well-connected tow-truck driver Kurt Semko and suddenly finds himself on the fast track to the executive suite, thanks mainly to the misfortunes of others. When a suspicious Steadman confronts Semko, his benefactor turns into a deadly foe who threatens to kill him, his wife and newborn baby. Finder's informed view of the dark side of the corporate world is deliciously devious and he is shrewd and witty enough to provide his likable hero with a particularly credible weapon against the seemingly omnipotent opponent: his salesmanship. Steadman, the narrator of this terrifying tale, is blessed with the gift of gab, and Scott Brick, one of the busier audio book performers, smoothly adjusts his delivery to the novel's carefully crafted patter and pacing. This includes quick shifts of tenor and tone to give voice to the self-confident sociopath Semko, Steadman's level-headed but needy wife, and his disgruntled and pink-slip–prone co-workers. Finder has created first-class material, but here it's Brick's impressive pitch that makes the sale. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover. (Reviews, Mar. 13). (May.)
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Both Paranoia (2003) and Company Man (2005) captured the power plays implicit in the business world and put Joseph Finder at the top of the corporate thriller game. Killer Instinct doesn't disappoint. Finder, who convincingly portrays how salesmen close the deal in a cutthroat environment, focuses on character development: Steadman's wife, for example, is no Lady Macbeth but an empathetic character. Although the plot never suffers, a few reviewers called it more predictable and less intricately conceived than those of Finder's other books. Despite this criticism, Killer Instinct shows that "political thrillers and spy novels are tame compared to what goes on in the cubicles and offices" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel).
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I found this to be an interesting plot that kept unfolding as it went along. I will say, tho, it was no surprise as to how it was going to turn out. Read morePublished 11 days ago by janbird
I had been on a crime/spy novel kick this summer. I never in my life thought I would read anything that has to do with sales and salesmen. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Gandalf
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I hated almost everything about this book. I knew something was seriously wrong when I found myself rooting for Kurt the supposed "villian. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prodigious Pen
I found the book extremely predictable and knew the ending within the first 100 pages. Sometimes, there are good side stories and fun before getting to a predictable ending; but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BrkrDave
Full of excitement...hard to put down!! Going to look for more of his books. Haven't found one I didn't like yet!Published 1 month ago by Kim Bracken
I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it, supence and mystery filled!Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Rogalski
Plot was very predictable. No surprises. No deep character development.Published 2 months ago by Blackhorse
This was a really good suspense read! I really enjoyed this one! It kept you going even if it was getting a little bit wordy...the wordiness didn't last too long!Published 3 months ago by Joni M.