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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (752 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Liss Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781423309338
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No one is more surprised than Lem Altick when it turns out he’s actually good at peddling encyclopedias door to door. He hates the predatory world of sales, but he needs the money to pay for college. Then things go horribly wrong. In a sweltering trailer in rural Florida, a couple Lem has spent hours pitching to is shot dead before his eyes, and the unassuming young man is suddenly pulled into the dark world of conspiracy and murder. Not just murder: assassination—or so claims the killer, the mysterious and strangely charismatic Melford Kean, who has struck without remorse and with remarkable good cheer. But the self-styled ethical assassin hadn’t planned on a witness, and so he makes Lem a deal: Stay quiet and there will be no problems. Go to the police and take the fall.

Before Lem can decide, he is drawn against his will into the realm of the assassin, a post-Marxist intellectual with whom he forms an unlikely (and perhaps unwise) friendship. The ethical assassin could be a charming sociopath, eco-activist, or vigilante for social justice. Lem isn’t sure what is motivating Melford, but Lem realizes that to save himself, he must unravel the mystery of why the assassinations have occurred. To do so, he descends deeper into a bizarre world he never knew existed, where a group of desperate schemers are involved in a plot that could keep Lem from leaving town alive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hypnotic and addictive storytelling.”

    Lee Child

  • “Imagine David Lynch’s bizarre masterpiece Blue Velvet, scripted by Edna Buchanan and Carl Hiaasen. It’s a blast.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karl | 1/29/2014

    " Good story but there was too much incorrect PETA information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 1/23/2014

    " A fast, fun read - perfect poolside reading. Also, it has a plethora of parallels with my personal history that make it compelling and wryly comical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Pollard | 1/20/2014

    " Not a historical mystery... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 1/20/2014

    " As much as I have loved everything else I've read by David Liss, and as much as I wanted to love this book, I have to be honest and I really didn't like it at all. Maybe it was the unnecessary profanity that kept throwing me off, but I just couldn't get into it. After I read it, I knew I wouldn't pass it on to anyone else although I highly respect and enjoy Liss's historical fiction. I will read more of his historical fiction, but I'll probably stay away from anything with a modern flair from David Liss. I wanted to love this one, but I couldn't even like it, which is really sad because David Liss is one of my favorite writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stuart | 1/17/2014

    " Clever. Intellectually stimulating. There is somewhat of a philosophy imbedded in this otherwise dark story about an assassin and an encyclopedia selling kid who unravel all sorts of shady #$@! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Loory | 1/12/2014

    " it's like elmore leonard giving a sermon on animal rights in the midst of a screening of the maysles brothers' salesman. witty, vivid, fast-moving, vaguely depressing, and fun... with a big ditch full of pigshit & piss... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/5/2014

    " Entertaining. A leeeetle on the "holier than tou" side, a little preachy, but over all entertaining and even a little thought-provoking (though I did not change my carnivorious ways...and was already eating free-range...) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 1/2/2014

    " A half-crafted tale that goes south, again, near the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blair | 12/16/2013

    " Nice fun read. I'm going to loan this book to my vegetarian friend to give her some ammo. I'll see if I can pick up this book on remainder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 12/11/2013

    " An enjoyable read! Plausible characters who could teach you a little something about how society really operates. A typical thriller that you sink your teeth into and enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/10/2013

    " Liss displays his versatility with this book; so different from Whiskey Rebels. The pace seems to follow the life of the slow, hot Florida where the story is located. An interesting development of the protagonist's personality and beliefs, but the characters and some of the plot are bizarre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen O'Malley | 10/21/2013

    " LOVED this. Silly and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 6/6/2013

    " I love the way David Liss writes. He makes violence seem so acceptable. Not what i'm used to from Liss, but not at all disappointing. Great complicated story, although there was a bit of circling around to get to the end. Good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hema | 5/26/2013

    " David Liss does Carl Hiaasen better than Carl Hiaasen. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 4/17/2013

    " I prefer historical novels myself, and love his other books, but this one was definitely a good book...humorous, language and inner dialog was colorful; had a certain frantic-ness. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Ross | 4/9/2013

    " Not my favorite Liss book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skooter | 3/23/2013

    " Pretty damned awesome. Thriller-esque with a protagonist who reads Foucault and listens to the Smiths. And kills people. If that's not awesome, nothing is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 12/2/2012

    " This story of a young man trying to earn enough money to go to college has a quinque background on which this is played out. If you never eat anymore pork you wont have to wonder why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 9/24/2012

    " Really good! Thanks dad! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ambika | 4/4/2012

    " Quite different than his other books, but still an entertaining read. He still makes me laugh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 7/28/2011

    " Pretty good. Contains interesting vegan and animal rights sub-plots. Liss may have tried too hard developing ancillary characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nightfalltwen | 7/18/2011

    " The story was okay, but the whole theme was WAY too preachy for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 5/28/2011

    " A departure from his usual historical fiction. This takes place in Florida in the 1980s. Reminds me a little of Carl Hiaasen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/23/2011

    " Marx, Foucault, and vegan evangelism wrapped up in a clever mystery novel. Excellent writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiore777 | 4/14/2011

    " The antogonist (sort of...) was a kind of character which I thought was strangely attractive. How can I resist a vegan assassin and how throughout the series he talks people having no right to subject animals to cruel treatment when he started off with murdering two people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/24/2011

    " Not up to his other books and a rehash of any Haisson mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rona | 9/9/2010

    " This is a quirky mystery novel which changed my life. Since reading this book, I have sworn off pork. Read the book to find out why! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggard | 8/28/2010

    " couldn't put this book down today and have his Edgar winner A Conspiracy of Paper for tomorrow's trip to the hospital. So take your time with baby #4, Katie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 7/25/2010

    " This book was not at all what I expected, in a good way. I really enjoyed it, it veered from any predictable formula and surprised with each twist of the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Axydlbaaxr | 2/6/2010

    " I feel like this should be categorized as a YA novel. I think if I had read this as a teen, I'd give another star or two.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 1/30/2010

    " You know you're in trouble when the assassin is the only one with a conscience in the whole book. Rona wants to stop eating pig products once and for all after reading it. "

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About the Author
Author David Liss

David Liss is the author six novels, most recently The Devil’s Company. He has several bestselling novels, including, A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Ethical Assassin, and The Whiskey Rebels. In 2008, at the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Bali, Indonesia, he was named an Artist for Integrity by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. No one is really sure why he should receive this honor or what it means, but it very possibly makes him the Bono of historical fiction. David Liss’ novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.