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The Resource Killer, come hither : a novel, Louis Begley

Killer, come hither : a novel, Louis Begley

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Killer, come hither : a novel
Title
Killer, come hither
Title remainder
a novel
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Louis Begley
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Language
eng
Summary
"Jack Dana is a star history student at Yale with a bright career in academia ahead of him. But after 9/11 he feels it is his duty to change course. As a Marine infantry officer he is deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Severely wounded in combat, he begins writing a novel about his wartime experiences while surgeons at the Walter Reed Hospital patch up his pelvis. Jack then moves to Manhattan to live with his Uncle Harry, a partner in a leading New York law firm and Jack's surrogate father. With Harry's help he quickly finds a publisher, and the book's swift success launches Jack as a professional writer. After a second successful publication, Jack feels entitled to a vacation and leaves for a three-month trip to South America. The isolation from modern life on a ranch in western Brazil suits him perfectly, but on his way back home he looks at his emails and finds shocking news: his Uncle Harry is dead, hanged in his Sag Harbor summer home, clearly a suicide. Horrified and incredulous, Jack digs into the facts surrounding his uncle's death. Aided by Harry's most trusted associate, Kerry Black, with whom Jack falls in love, and by his college friend Scott Prentice who now works for the CIA, Jack discovers that Harry had pierced the secret of his most important client, Abner Brown, a rightwing multibillionaire notorious for backing extremist causes: Alongside his legitimate businesses, Brown owns and operates parallel criminal enterprises. The stakes and dangers are huge. Harry's death now seems anything but a suicide. And in order to avenge his uncle, Jack might have to circumvent the law and take matters into his own hands"--
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  • Begley (About Schmidt, 1996) switches gears, moving from his precisely observed portraits of the mores and manners of the wealthy to a stealthy, page-turning thriller. Jack Dana, Yale graduate and war veteran turned novelist, is shocked to discover that his beloved Uncle Harry, a partner in a leading New York law firm, has committed suicide. But his suspicions are aroused about the manner of his uncle’s death when he learns that one of the partners at Harry’s firm cleared out Harry’s personal papers and searched his computer. All leads point to a major client who might be involved in illegal activity. Jack enlists the aid of Harry’s close associate, Kerry Black, with whom he falls in love, and proceeds to meticulously plan how and where he will take his revenge. Fascinating details of the lifestyles of the überwealthy and the politics of well-heeled law firms vie with less interesting details of Jack’s romance, writing, and interest in firearms. Nevertheless, all admirers of crisp prose and taut plotlines will gladly follow Jack on his deadly quest to circumvent the law. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Begley’s move into the thriller genre will be supported by a national publicity campaign as well as outreach to mystery booksellers and bloggers. -- Wilkinson, Joanne (Reviewed 01-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 9, p47)
  • Jack Dana, the narrator of this uneven crime novel from National Book Award–finalist Begley (About Schmidt ), has it all. The “only child of a Harvard philosophy professor father and a flutist mother who played with a Boston-based chamber orchestra,” he sets aside his plans for an academic career after Sept. 11, 2001, and joins the Marines. Wounded in Afghanistan, he writes a successful novel about his wartime experiences while recuperating. Later, Dana’s beloved uncle, Harry, apparently kills himself in his Sag Harbor summer house. Harry’s white-shoe law firm says he was suffering from dementia, but Dana quickly discovers the truth—that Harry was murdered—and decides to find out who did it and why. The trail leads to a ruthless and crooked billionaire and involves some interesting sleuthing, but the implausibly noble, effortlessly successful Dana becomes tiresome. Begley provides a window into a world of great privilege, but he offers few thrills. Agent: Georges Borchardt, George Borchardt Inc. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 16, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 07, p)
  • In a departure from his smooth-as-melted-butter stories of New York's stratospheric milieu (e.g., About Schmidt ), Begley tries out a literary thriller starring Jack Dana, a Yalie-turned-marine officer-turned-successful novelist. Close to his uncle Harry, a big-time law-firm partner (hey, this is a Begley novel), Jack is shocked to learn that Harry has apparently committed suicide and starts investigating. Let's see where this one goes. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed November 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 19, p61)
  • A veteran novelist takes an unfortunate turn with this stilted, contrived thriller. The stylistic flair and psychological subtlety that Begley brought to his Schmidt novels (About Schmidt, 1996, etc.) is nowhere in evidence here. Instead, this is genre fiction that doesn't deliver the usual pleasures of the genre. The narrator is Jack Dana, an Ivy Leaguer who's also a Marine war hero and the author of three very popular novels, at least one of which has been optioned by Hollywood for big bucks. His closest living relative is his Uncle Harry, a partner at a prosperous Manhattan law firm, who was estranged from the rest of the family for reasons never quite explained. Harry's top client is a conservative-extremist Texas tycoon who's been buying elections, cultural legitimacy and government officials. The tycoon decides he no longer wants Harry as his lawyer, and then tragedy strikes. Already a wealthy man, Jack is on the verge of becoming far wealthier, but first he must solve a mystery and avenge a murder. And finish his next novel. And fall in love with Harry's protégé, a younger partner named Kerry, with whom he embarks on a whirlwind courtship though both of them are ostensibly in mourning. Jack also has a best friend from college who now conveniently works for the CIA and thus has intelligence and weaponry at his disposal. While Kerry and Jack are coming to terms with Harry's fate, they are pitching woo (as the novel might have it) in deliriously silly fashion: "Could we have a dinner plus a sleepover?" Kerry asks Jack in an email. His reaction: "A wave of such happiness overcame me that I let out a whoop." Jack also wonders whether the strange figure stalking him might have something to do with Harry but concludes, "Most of the world's population are weirdos." Perhaps the author had some fun with this, but the result isn't likely to engage fans of either Begley or thrillers.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2015)
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Begley, Louis
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Jack Dana novels
Series volume
0001
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  • Authors
  • Murder
  • Billionaires
  • Corporations
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Thrillers
  • FICTION / Suspense
  • Authors
  • Billionaires
  • Corporations
  • Murder
Label
Killer, come hither : a novel, Louis Begley
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1075524
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780385539142
Lccn
2014018447
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Label
Killer, come hither : a novel, Louis Begley
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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1075524
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780385539142
Lccn
2014018447
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385539142
  • (OCoLC)884305722

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