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The multi-award-winning, widely-acclaimed mystery master Donald E. Westlake delivers a masterpiece with this brilliant, laser-sharp tale of the deadly consequences of corporate downsizing.

Burke Devore is a middle-aged manager at a paper company when the cost-cutting ax falls, and he is laid off. Eighteen months later and still unemployed, he puts a new spin on his job search — with agonizing care, Devore finds the seven men in the surrounding area who could take the job that rightfully should be his, and systematically kills them. Transforming himself from mild-mannered middle manager to ruthless murderer, he discovers skills ne never knew ne had — and that come to him far too easily.

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"[A] mesmerizing chiller....Writing with deadpan style, Westlake makes Devore's rage utterly believable....[T]he suspense is tight as a steel coil, the background sociology is impeccably developed, and the book should have upper-level downsizers trembling in their Guccis at the thought of the hideous anguish they are unleashing on the land." Publishers Weekly

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"A novel of excruciating brilliance....The Ax will gut your soul: it is engrossing and relentless and all too plausible." New York Times Book Review

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"Eerily gripping....The Ax will hold you; you can't forgo finding out how it ends." Jeff Brown, People

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"Satirical, savage, fast-paced....An expertly entertaining suspense thriller [and] a complex morality tale." The Washington Post Book World

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"Westlake...rises effortlessly to the challenge of varying these executions, keeping up the tension...by interspersing them with vignettes of Devore's quietly ruined home life..." Kirkus Reviews

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"A potentially compelling look at the effects of long-term unemployment on the psyche of a man of limited prospects and intellect, the result is merely a step-by-step guide to executing innocent people, generally lacking in conflict, irony, and farcical elements." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Fro 25 years, Burke Devore has provided for his family and played by the rules. Until now. Downsized from his job, Devore is slipping away: from his wife, his family, and from all civilized norms of behavior. He wants his life back, and will do anything to get it. In this relentlessly fascinating novel, the masterful Westlake takes readers on a journey of obsession and outrage inside a quiet man's desperate world.

About the Author

Donald Edwin Westlake, is a prolific American writer and novelist, with over a hundred books to his credit. He specializes in crime fiction, especially comic capers with an occasional foray into science fiction. He is a three-time Edgar award winner, and was made a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America in 1993, the highest honor bestowed by the society.

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mylae90215, June 2, 2008 (view all comments by mylae90215)
Definately addicting and a page turner. The realness of an avearge, working man doing what he needs to do to save his family really brings it to life. Was a bit dissappointed by the bland ending but all in all, kept me on my toes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446606080
Author:
Westlake, Donald E
Publisher:
Warner Books
Author:
Westlake, Donald E.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Downsizing of organizations
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
Devore, burke (fictitious character)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Warner Books
Series Volume:
2129
Publication Date:
May 1998
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.82x6.38x.98 in. .37 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Warner Books - English 9780446606080 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[A] mesmerizing chiller....Writing with deadpan style, Westlake makes Devore's rage utterly believable....[T]he suspense is tight as a steel coil, the background sociology is impeccably developed, and the book should have upper-level downsizers trembling in their Guccis at the thought of the hideous anguish they are unleashing on the land." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "A novel of excruciating brilliance....The Ax will gut your soul: it is engrossing and relentless and all too plausible."
"Review" by , "Eerily gripping....The Ax will hold you; you can't forgo finding out how it ends."
"Review" by , "Satirical, savage, fast-paced....An expertly entertaining suspense thriller [and] a complex morality tale."
"Review" by , "Westlake...rises effortlessly to the challenge of varying these executions, keeping up the tension...by interspersing them with vignettes of Devore's quietly ruined home life..."
"Review" by , "A potentially compelling look at the effects of long-term unemployment on the psyche of a man of limited prospects and intellect, the result is merely a step-by-step guide to executing innocent people, generally lacking in conflict, irony, and farcical elements."
"Synopsis" by , Fro 25 years, Burke Devore has provided for his family and played by the rules. Until now. Downsized from his job, Devore is slipping away: from his wife, his family, and from all civilized norms of behavior. He wants his life back, and will do anything to get it. In this relentlessly fascinating novel, the masterful Westlake takes readers on a journey of obsession and outrage inside a quiet man's desperate world.
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