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Dan’s job as a software engineer was outsourced more than 18 months ago. Since then, he has discovered that, at 48, he’s viewed as a fossil; he’s also losing his sight to retinitis pigmentosa. He’s envisioning destitution for his family, and desperate times call for, well, robbing the bank that hired him to design its security system but outsourced the code writing to India. Dan has friends, also programmers, in the same situation, and they agree to take part. His slick plan is to rob only the safe-deposit boxes held by a brutal Russian mobster and finger a notorious Italian mobster for the crime. But the heist goes wildly, lethally wrong. Two bank customers are shot; the Russian, a former KGB “interrogator,” goes medieval; and the software engineers are forced into something not part of their skill set: improvisation. Zeltserman has used criminals as protagonists to fine effect in the past (Pariah, 2009), but this time his characters are honest guys who only begin to act like criminals after the crime. A small gem of crime fiction. --Thomas Gaughan

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"You can outsource software engineering, but so far at least you can’t outsource crime writing as good as Zeltserman’s." -Boston Globe

"A small gem of crime fiction" -Booklist

"A dark, lightning-paced read" -Financial Times
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; 1 edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846687322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687327
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Zeltserman is the Boston-based author of the award-winning Julius Katz mystery series. His crime novels have been selected by NPR and the Washington Post as best novels of the year. His first novel, The Caretaker of Lorne Field, was short listed by the ALA for best horror novel of 2010, was nominated for a Black Quill Award for best dark genre novel of the year, and was named a Horror Gem by Library Journal. His most recent horror novel, Monster, was named one of the best books of the year by WBUR and made Booklist Magazine's 2013 list of top 10 horror novels. His crime novels Outsourced and A Killer's Essence have both been optioned for film.

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Someday I'd like to see the original manuscript he submitted.
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A bank that gave him a few months temporary work in the past hired Indian staff to finish the job on their security system.
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A true Zeltzerman story that is both interesting and different than other stories.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tremblay on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dave Zeltserman's newest (yes, the prolific bastard puts out like three a year) is OUTSOURCED. It's a crime/heist novel about Dan, a laid off software engineer. At 48 years old, his re-hire prospects are grim, and he's slowly losing his sight (retinitis pigmentosa) to boot. Creeping ever closer to defaulting on his mortgage, and desperate to provide for his family, he schemes to rob a bank, or more specifically, to rob the safety deposit boxes that belong to a reputed Russian mobster. Dan gets a bunch of his has-been friends in on the clumsy yet clever caper, and stuff goes way wrong, quickly.

OUTSOURCED is brilliantly paced and reminiscent of A SIMPLE PLAN with the supposed non-criminals slowly descending into desperation and violence, and Zeltserman gives the characters (Dan, in particularly) a kind of heartbreaking vulnerability as well. Another great crime novel from Zeltserman.

If we're all still around and reading books 20-30 years from now, I can totally envision the next generation of crime/noir readers-the ones discovering and raving about Chandler and Hammet-finding all of Zelterman's books too, and greedily inhaling them.
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This is the second Zeltserman novel I've read, the previous being Small Crimes. This isn't quite as good as that one but it's still a great read. Basically it's the tale of an ageing man named Dan Wilson, he believes he's still at the top of his game but his last and every other IT employer isn't interested in hiring him anymore. They either go for younger staff or outsource their IT needs to India. Dan's eyesight is deteriorating as well, if he had a job he could do something about it but now that he's unemployed he can't even afford the bills and his wife is pressuring him to sell their house. The future looks bleak, however Dan has a plan. A bank that gave him a few months temporary work in the past hired Indian staff to finish the job on their security system. Dan knows the system shuts down for 28 minutes and he knows the bank staff don't know this so will be contempt to just press the alarm button thinking the police will be waiting outside when he exits. It should just be a simple matter of walking in with a couple of other unemployed previous colleagues who are also on the scrapheap, and a few guns of course, then empty the safety deposit boxes of one mafia boss and frame another to throw the police of their trail. Of course a real life robbery doesn't go as easily as you imagine, especially if you don't choose your team carefully. Those familiar with Zeltserman's other books know the violence to expect on the pages, and Outsourced is no exception.

Of course once you've read this, if you have't already done so you should also check out the ultimate solution to being retrenched and trying to land a job with Donald E Westlake's classic The Ax.
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Dan Wilson is out of work and on the verge of losing his eyesight. With a mortgage to pay and a family to support, he is an ordinary guy desperate for money. He conceives a can't-miss bank heist, enlists the help of some friends, and then--surprise!--things don't go exactly as planned. Dave Zeltserman cleverly and effectively engineers the plot with a steady supply of action and surprises. In sum, OUTSOURCED is thoroughly entertaining noir in a traditional vein.
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I enjoyed this book and the writing style very much. I looked forward to seeing where the story would lead.
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By Eric D Sockol on September 1, 2013
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I can see why this would be an exciting movie. I have read many of David's books and I think this is one of his best
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By Sean P. Reardon on December 18, 2012
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This author has been on my radar for a while and after looking through his website, decided to read the sample of this novel. I was intrigued enough by the sample and purchased it. I love heist story's, the author is from the Boston area ( like me), and the story takes place in Massachusetts. A good start out of the gate, but still, the story had to be good to keep my interest, especially with a heist. Happy to report that my experience was very satisfying and I really enjoyed the ride. The author tells the tale in a format that I really love, ie; the story moves forward at all times, but characters are introduced as the story progresses and they all intersect throughout and in the end nicely. Very well done. I'd compare this way of storytelling to that of Guy Ritchie, Tarantino, Goodfella's, Casino, Blow etc... I enjoyed the heist crew, the unique robbery plan, and the Russian bad guys. The police / law enforcement piece of the story was done just to my liking. Just enough to add to the story, without too much annoying procedural detail and cliche, which will make me drop reading a story in a heartbeat. Bottom line: OUTSOURCED was decently priced at under $6.00, well-written and edited, a good story, and kept me very interested and entertained until the end. Can't ask much more for my investment and I will certainly be looking to read another novel from the author, which at this point looks like it will be "KILLER".
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