Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman audiobook

Potboiler

By Jesse Kellerman
Read by Kirby Heyborne

Penguin Audio 9780399159039
11.11 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781101564240

Arthur Pfefferkorn is a has-been, or perhaps a never-was: a middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, bestselling thriller writer William de Vallèe, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallèe not only outshone Pfefferkorn professionally, but married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.Pfefferkorn’s decision to reconnect with de Vallèe’s widow sets in motion a surreal chain of events, plunging him into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue, a world where no one can be trusted--and nothing can be taken seriously.

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Summary

Summary

A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fiction

Arthur Pfefferkorn is a has-been, or perhaps a never-was: a middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, bestselling thriller writer William de Vallèe, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallèe not only outshone Pfefferkorn professionally, but married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.Pfefferkorn’s decision to reconnect with de Vallèe’s widow sets in motion a surreal chain of events, plunging him into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue, a world where no one can be trusted--and nothing can be taken seriously.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This satire heavy novel works well… There are truly funny observations about publishing, what merits good writing, and the excesses of the thriller genre.”
Romantic Times
Library Journal
"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 Moebius strip of a novel."
Palm Beach Post
“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.”
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. Booklist
“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)
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)
“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.” Booklist
“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 (4 stars)
“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

Reviews

Reviews

by Eeek 10/2/2020
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Satire not Spy Novel

Wow. Having listened to other Kellerman books, this was NOT what I expected. Be prepared for a ridiculous political satire. not subtle in any way. Honestly, I had a hard time finishing it. Narrator was great, though.

Author

Author Bio: Jesse Kellerman

Author Bio: Jesse Kellerman

Jesse Kellerman is the international bestselling author of The Executor, The Genius, Trouble, and Sunstroke. His books and plays have won several awards. He lives in La Jolla, California.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English