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Early in this melodramatic financial thriller from bestseller Kaplan (Evil, Inc.), Emma Conway, the CEO of a large pharmaceutical firm, Percival & Baxter, quarrels with her 16-year-old son, Peter, at home in Wynnewood, Pa. Peter cares only for money, just like his father and Emma's ex, Josh Katz, who lives in a grand house in Greenwich, Conn., and is about to attempt a hostile takeover of P&B. Josh, a self-made businessman who suffered heavy losses in the 2008 crash, has borrowed $500 million from Russian billionaire Viktor Volkov, who's hot on the trail of a female version of Viagra. Meanwhile, Viktor's 21-year-old daughter, Tanya, wants Peter to be the sperm donor for the baby she craves. Hurtling along from one clichéd crisis to another, this shallow thriller peppers the proceedings with big-name brands, tired dirty tricks, overheated adolescent sex, and mawkish resolutions to tidy up the various messes Kaplan inflicts on poor Emma and the rest of his stock characters. Agent: Al Zuckerman, Writers House. (Oct.)

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For Poison Pill:

“High suspense, big money, romance, murder, very good storytelling—who could ask for anything more?”
—James Patterson, New York Times #1 bestselling author, on Poison Pill

“Tension and turmoil add up to high stakes suspense in a thriller that resonates with reality, tragedy, and triumph.  Kaplan plays the reader like a virtuoso.  All I want is more.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

 

“Well worth the wait. Kaplan’s plotting and pacing are superb, his writing is crisp, and his characters come alive on the page. A sophisticated and thoughtful thriller.”—Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

“Great reading… ranges from Russian oligarchs to the American worlds of drug research and the equity markets, all of it in a mode of high suspense.”—Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author


For Evil, Inc.

“A shock-wave thriller, Evil, Inc. is a roaring, paranoid delight about the real killers in the boardroom.” —Janet Evanovich, New York Times #1 bestselling author

“Kaplan takes kill-or-be-killed business ideologies to psychopathic new levels in this deftly plotted corporate thriller.… It’s Donald Trump meets Hannibal Lecter, with highly engaging results.” —Publishers Weekly

“Glenn Kaplan’s Evil, Inc. does what the best thrillers do—it’s half a step ahead of tomorrow’s headlines.” —James Patterson, New York Times #1 bestselling author

“Evil, Inc. is a terrific, irresistible read.  Don’t start it if you have something to do the next day.” —Steven Brill, author of After and founder of Court TV and The American Lawyer

“Suspenseful, sexy, and as swift-moving as a wire transfer sweeping a million bucks around the globe in an instant.  Don’t miss it.” —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution

“A gripping tale of battle for corporate control fought not with tender offers or proxies, but with murder and sabotage.  Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.” —Martin Lipton, founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

“A fine thriller ripped out of today’s Enron-like headlines.  When I finished Evil, Inc., I had a sense that I’d really learned something about corporate America and the men and women who run the show.” —David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Dance With the Dragon
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765336901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765336903
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,654,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The title of Poison Pill has a double meaning. It's the name given to a strategy to prevent hostile takeovers of corporations -- in this case, a pharmaceutical company -- but its literal meaning is also applicable. Someone is poisoning the company's leading product (a headache remedy) in order to destroy the company's value.

In chapter two, Peter Katz tells his mother all about the safe room in the basement of his father's Greenwich house. The savvy reader knows that, like Chekov's gun hanging on the wall, the safe room will reappear near the end of the novel. Peter's mother, Emma, is an executive at Percival & Baxter, a pharmaceutical company. His father, Emma's ex-husband Josh, is planning a hostile takeover of Percival & Baxter for his client, a mysterious Russian named Viktor Volkov whose reason for wanting control of the company is far-fetched but amusing. Viktor, hoping to create a dynasty in London, wants his daughter Tanya to breed with the little brother of the woman Viktor plans to marry, thus merging his wealth with the brother's title and producing the heirs he can no longer manufacture. Tanya wouldn't mind breeding but she has her own ideas about an appropriate sperm donor.

In many ways, young Peter is the most interesting character in the novel. He's caught in the middle of a war between his hotshot parents. His father wants to use him to influence his mother while his mother is poisoning his thoughts about his father. Peter and Tanya both belong to the Kroesus Club, an exclusive group of teens and young adults, the children of wealthy parents from around the world, a group that Peter generally despises. Peter is peripheral to the central story for much of the novel but he stars in an interesting subplot of his own.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
----Mahatma Gandhi

That's incredibly correct. What will be left of us, if we all start to do that "eye-for-an-eye" thing- the world will be certainly doomed. But in this 21st century, we've clearly and proudly chose the road to doomed future rather than a better future- courtesy: thanks to revenge.

Well, sorry for drifting away from the topic, I mean that's what I was literally feeling after reading, Glenn Kaplan, a New York Times bestselling author's latest book, Poison Pill . Although my initial reaction after reading the book was WTF!?!! , still I felt it was something worth reading to have a reading-Robin-Cook-kind-novel-experience only till the mid-way of the book. And the ending was drastic, so w\out-of-the-world, and really crappy! End of story!

Synopsis:
Caught in a war that pits greed and ambition against conscience and love, Emma Conway faces the fight of her life—to save her family, her company, and everything she treasures.
Emma is finally living the dream—a happy second marriage and a great career. She has built Percival & Baxter’s painkiller, Acordinol, into a huge success. But her dream becomes a nightmare when a Wall Street raider threatens a hostile takeover. Worse, the raider is no ordinary cutthroat but her ex-husband Josh Katz, father of their teenage son.
P&B’s Poison Pill defense implodes when a mysteriously tainted batch of Acordinol starts killing people, including P&B’s CEO. Emma is put in charge as P&B’s stock plummets.
Her ex’s game traps her in a web of secrets locked within secrets. A shadowy Russian oligarch behind Josh is lusting after the holy grail of drugs, the first Viagra for women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Jones on June 17, 2014
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A good read I would recommend for airpplanes or doctoir office waits. Enjoyed it but nothing special. Might try this author again.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of plot twists and I did not see the ending until close to the end of the book.

I was, however, amazed that the author of this book was a New York Times best seller previously. I felt it read like a newcomer, but that did not deter from the story for me. I just thought it was a debut novel.

It read to me more like an YA novel, but that's not a bad thing.

I would recommend this book.
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