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The Ethical Assassin: A Novel Paperback – January 30, 2007
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The story evolves in the relating of the experiences of 17 year old South Floridian, Lem Altick. Lem, a bright and perceptive young man had been accepted to Columbia University. Circumstances arose which left him $30,000 short of the tuition required. He was attempting to make money by selling encyclopedias door to door, with a mostly motley crew presently canvassing the vicinity of Jacksonville.
Lem had apparently struck gold in a foul smelling trailer park known as Meadowbrook Grove. He was giving his best sales pitch to a sketchy looking couple named Karen and Bastard when suddenly someone bursts into the trailer and dispatches the couple with two gunshots to the head. This was Lem's startling introduction to the "ethical assassin", the bleached blonde, ghoulish looking Melford Kean.
Kean wishing to assure Lem's silence planted clues that would implicate him should Lem squeal. Kean, a rational psychotic was unwilling to harm Lem and recruited him to help him cover his tracks concerning his actions. We soon learn that Melford is a fervent animal rights activist and vegetarian. All through their interactions, Melford tries to sway Lem to his particular ideology.
Meadowbrook Grove, it turns out, is a separate principality governed by corrupt mayor and police chief Jim Doe, who had set up the trailer park as a speed trap. The mullet coiffed, dentally challenged Doe is also a front man for the local enterprises ensconsed in Meadowbrook Grove owned by Miami Vice attired, borderline pedophile B.B. Gunn.Read more ›
THE ETHICAL ASSASSIN, perhaps more than anything else, is a dark coming-of-age novel, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE for the post-Vietnam generation. Lem Altick is a recent high school graduate somewhere between a nebbish and a class president. His grades could get him into Columbia but are not quite good enough for financial aid; he made the track team, and while never finishing first in an event, he never dragged the team down. Altick's stepfather, a somewhat shadowy figure who we meet only in flashback, is half-in and half-out of his life. While he isn't quite comfortable playing the role of dad, he somehow gives Altick what little good advice he has to get him through life. Regardless, however, he isn't about to put Altick through school.
Several thousand dollars behind the tuition eight-ball, Altick becomes an itinerant encyclopedia salesman in south Florida, trolling the trailer parks and not-quite downtrodden neighborhoods in search of parents interested in investing in their children's education. Consistent with his life in general, Altick is a little unsure of himself but is pretty good at his job.Read more ›
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David Liss is one of my favorite writers and The Ethical Assasin is now one my favorite novels. Fascinating, funny, great characters; everything to recommend it highly.Published 14 days ago by chloe
First time reading this author and I enjoyed it very much. Time to look for another book by David Liss.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Ghostly reminder of a taxed world less to the complicated. Liss is funny but the idea of animal protection is useful. Overall, a book with strict themes of languishing atonement. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Craig Brenner
I enjoyed the book immensely . The four star rating only reflects the author's digression into vegan philosophy was too long. I recommend it highly.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unusual book, I truly enjoyed it and I wouldn't miss any book written by David Liss.Published 16 months ago by Miriam Y.
Never bored reading this and couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns and it really makes you think about the world we live in.Published 19 months ago by Matt
I have enjoyed all of David Liss' books. All have some element of supporting a political point of view. This book takes vegetarianism to an extreme. Read morePublished 19 months ago by colonel227
A great book. A good coming of age story, crime story and environmental advocacy tale in one page turner. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Molly L Barley