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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jesse Kellerman Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jesse Kellerman—the international bestselling author of The Executor and The Genius—brings his prodigious talent to bear on a topic he knows well in this hilarious and surprising spin on the modern blockbuster thriller novel.

Missing for months after a tragic boating accident, William de Vallée, the superstar thriller writer, is pronounced dead. His oldest friend, Arthur Pfefferkorn, receives the news with an unsettling mix of grief and envy. A middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations, Pfefferkorn can’t help but feel outshone by his friend’s success—especially since he married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.

But now Bill is gone, and Pfefferkorn is there to comfort Carlotta in her time of grief. Reconnecting with de Vallée’s widow makes more than one of his dreams come true … until it plunges him into a shadowy world of intrigue and double crosses, where no one can be trusted—and nothing can be taken seriously.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Seldom, if ever, have the cloak-and-dagger folk—of any stripe, ours or theirs—appeared so omniscient, so omnipotent and so perfectly awful as they do in Kellerman’s mordantly funny latest…Another brilliant performance. Kellerman has fun here, and so will his readers.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

  • “Kellerman ruminates on the practice of writing, the experience of sudden literary success, the nature of friendship, and the contrasts between the lives of writers and spies. Potboiler is very funny—and insightful.”


  • “Kellerman balances the line between thrills and satire in this unique reading experience filled with mysteries, conspiracies, double crosses and shadowy villains…Fun in completely unexpected ways. Only a great writer like Kellerman could make it work at all well.”

    RT Reviews

  • “A tough, funny satire of the titled genre…Kellerman wants to have fun with thrillers…creating a niche for himself by focusing on characters who are never as smart as they think they are…a frequently hilarious Möbius strip of a novel.”

    Palm Beach (FL) Post

  • “This satire heavy novel works well…There are truly funny observations about publishing, what merits good writing, and the excesses of the thriller genre.”

    Library Journal

  • “Satire works best when served with subtlety and that’s just how narrator Kirby Heyborne handles it, letting the book’s humor stand on its own, while also deftly rendering moments of genuine suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly on the audiobook

  • A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Marylee Raymond | 2/13/2014

    " when will I learn that all Kellermans are not good reads??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Todd | 2/13/2014

    " Cleverly well written novel. I love the paraody of the thriller genre. Suspenseful and it still made me laugh out loud, which is hard to do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ginny Tata-Phillips | 2/8/2014

    " You are not your mother or your father. Too bad. Another wordy and not particularly funny book. Jesse of the Kellermans is rapidly losing his status on my 'must read' list of authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lauren | 1/27/2014

    " Jesse Kellerman is an immensely talented author whose books I've devoured as soon as I get my hands on them. His newest, although a departure from his standard psychological thriller fare, is fascinating and mind-bogglingly odd. I enjoyed and puzzled over every page! "

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