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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612181953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612181950
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,529 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for New York Times bestselling author William Lashner:

“[In] the upper reaches of the hardboiled universe..." —Booklist

“William Lashner is remarkable.” —Nelson DeMille

“Lashner keeps the reader spellbound.” —Harlan Coben

“Lashner… could be considered an East Coast version of Michael Connelly…” —Library Journal

The Barkeep is one of those books that you start reading and cannot put down, even as you almost wish you never reach the ending. William Lashner is primarily known for his series of legal thrillers featuring Philadelphia attorney Victor Carl, but this stand-alone work cements his deserved place in the constellation of master thriller authors.” —Book Reporter

About the Author

William Lashner is the New York Times bestselling creator of Victor Carl, a character Booklist called “one of the mystery novel’s most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters.” The eight Victor Carl novels, which include A Killer’s Kiss, Marked Man, Falls the Shadow, Past Due, Fatal Flaw, Bitter Truth, and Hostile Witness, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and are sold all over the world. He is also the author of the bestselling thrillers The Accounting and Blood and Bone, as well as the novel Kockroach, which he published under the pseudonym Tyler Knox. Before leaving his job to write full-time, Lashner was a criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of NYU’s School of Law and the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife and three children and his dog, Chase Muttley.

Customer Reviews

This is the first book I have read by this author and it was hard to put down.
Jacqueline Rosario
Good mystery, well written, very entertaining. read it through in one sitting. kept me guessing until the end. interesting characters.
gerald johnson
It flowed very nicely, the characters were well developed and the story line was interesting.
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113 of 125 people found the following review helpful By LBC on January 4, 2014
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First let me say I will not include spoilers, and secondly, I don't drink. I'm not going to comment on the bartending presented. Those were unimportant parts of the novel except bartending lends to flight, and the main character Justin did not like to stay in one place too long.
I thought this was an excellent novel, thriller. You could read this novel just as a thriller and have a good story. The characters are well developed and make sense to their situations. I wasn't confused and love the ending of the first chapter. What would I do? I don't have a clue so I had to keep reading. That is what made me download (Kindle First) addition. The storyline was also not predictable even to those of us who have done a lot of reading as I imagine reviewers do. There are twists and turns.
You can also read this novel on a deeper leave and that's what I liked most about this book. With Justin referencing "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" you can equate Justin's life journey to The Book of the Dead. The Book of the Dead isn't just a book giving guidance to the newly deceased but also advice for the newly dead who will be reborn. When things are viewed outside of the physical, everything takes on a new dimension and reality. You don't have to have read "The Tibetan Book" to appreciate "The Barkeep." This novel is about looking at things from many different angles but Justin was using or miss-using a system of thought to not look at things the way they really were.
I believe there are two premises: "Some stains are just too deep to clean (34%-sorry no real page numbers)" and "Ask not for whom the bells toll. They toll for thee and me." When something tragic happens some people isolate and feel they are the only ones affected, but this isn't true.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By oneiric on January 5, 2014
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This is the first Lashner I've read so I can't rate against his other books but since it can hold its own as a stand-alone story, that's already a plus for me. The first chapter seemed a little bit too fraught with zen-type philosophy that I worried it was going to be one of those books where the author intrudes into the story by showing off his love of words but it eased up soon enough that it blended right into the main character's personality. And reading the buildup of all the essential characters' complexities was quite enjoyable. The plot had enough twists to make it interesting and moved the story along at a nice pace without making it so convoluted for the sake of being clever. Don't know much at all about mixed drinks to know how accurate the descriptions were but they sure sounded tasty enough to try to remember to order some up next time I'm out. Also liked the clever chapter titles. No graphic sex scenes or violence but it's no YA book for sure.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2014
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I started this novel some what skeptical that I would like it. Wow how wrong I was, the way he builds the characters captivated me. If you like to have a mystery filled depth this is the one. Justin's life is transformed throughout the tale and although it could leave an opening for a second book I was left satisfied with the ending. I didn't want to put this book down!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By FloB on January 7, 2014
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It took me a bit to get into the book - not quite sure where it was going with a Law Scool grad turned Barkeep - the story kept drawing me in.

Imagine a Zen like bartender - always polite - foes a good job - what is he thinking when he makes your drink? Read this and see one perspective.

I enjoyed the evolution of the story - paced just right to keep you entertained. A new piece of the puzzle came out ever 20 or so pages - The characters were well developed and interesting - surprisingly believable in context of the story.

There was a bit of romance but nothing like you see in most mysteries - just enough to weave itself through the story - does not detract in any way.

I will be looking for more from this author
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A Hendershot on January 5, 2014
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Delightfully dark with just the right amount of creepy undertones. The characters are well-drawn and I loved all of it, especially the last chapter and the acknowledgements at the end.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bann2906 on January 8, 2014
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Fantastic read. This book is a page turner, with twists and turns that you don't see coming. Great plot of good and evil, actions and consequences ; delivers without preaching or condemning.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By CountryBoy101 on January 4, 2014
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A very good murder mystery that was able to keep me guessing. Good plot development and believable in depth characters
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PJ on January 29, 2014
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I could not finish this book. I have been reading mysteries for over 50 years, so I'm aware that some of the good guys are likable or not, and that that goes for some of the bad guys. But, Birdie just creeped me out. I tried jumping through the book and reading snippets, to see if I just needed to get deeper into the plot. But, even that didn't work. I was repulsed by his character. So, I guess, that Mr. Lashner succeeded in his goal in writing a thriller, (not so much a mystery) which is wonderful. It seems that a lot of reviewers really enjoyed it; however, I deleted it from my collection and look forward to when the title becomes a faded memory.
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More About the Author

William Lashner is the New York Times Bestselling creator of Victor Carl, who has been called by Booklist one of the mystery novel's "most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters." The Victor Carl novels, which have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages and have been sold all across the globe, include BAGMEN, KILLER'S KISS, FALLS THE SHADOW, FATAL FLAW, and HOSTILE WITNESS. He is also the author of BLOOD AND BONE, THE ACCOUNTING, and, most recently, THE BARKEEP, which was a Digital Book World Number One Bestselling Ebook.

Lashner was a criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. before quitting the law to write fulltime. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, as well as the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he lives with his wife and three children outside Philadelphia.

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