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Killer Instinct

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Publisher Comments:

Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston andsworking for an electronics giant, a competitorsto Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason--and bad things start to happen to Jason's rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He's an overnight success. Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most "efficient"--and ruthless-- means available. After all, as Kurt says, "Business is war, right?"

But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it's far more than just his career that lies in the balance. A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

*San Francisco Chronicle

** Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Audio edition includes an exclusive bonus interview with Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point!

Review:

"In Finder's newest business thriller (after Company Man), Jason Steadman, a middle-management salesman for an international electronics firm, befriends mysteriously well-connected tow-truck driver Kurt Semko and suddenly finds himself on the fast track to the executive suite, thanks mainly to the misfortunes of others. When a suspicious Steadman confronts Semko, his benefactor turns into a deadly foe who threatens to kill him, his wife and newborn baby. Finder's informed view of the dark side of the corporate world is deliciously devious and he is shrewd and witty enough to provide his likable hero with a particularly credible weapon against the seemingly omnipotent opponent: his salesmanship. Steadman, the narrator of this terrifying tale, is blessed with the gift of gab, and Scott Brick, one of the busier audio book performers, smoothly adjusts his delivery to the novel's carefully crafted patter and pacing. This includes quick shifts of tenor and tone to give voice to the self-confident sociopath Semko, Steadman's level-headed but needy wife, and his disgruntled and pink-slip — prone co-workers. Finder has created first-class material, but here it's Brick's impressive pitch that makes the sale. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover. (Reviews, Mar. 13). (May.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The latest "high octane thrill ride"* from the international bestselling "CEO of Suspense"-- hailed by critics as "perhaps the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists"**

*San Francisco Chronicle

** Pittsburgh Post Gazette

About the Author

Joseph Finder is the author of several other thrillers, most notably the New York Times bestsellers Paranoia, Company Man, and High Crimes. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Actor and writer Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He's read over 150 audiobooks in four years--for that, AudioFile magazine named Scott "a rising and shining star" and named him one of the magazine's Golden Voices.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593978952
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Subject:
Thrillers
Read by:
Brick, Scott
Read:
Brick, Scott
Author:
Finder, Joseph
Author:
Brick, Scott
Subject:
Psychological
Edition Number:
Abridged
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20060516
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 CDs, 6 hours
Dimensions:
5.77 x 5.22 x 0.785 in
Media Run Time:
360

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Product details pages Audio Renaissance - English 9781593978952 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Finder's newest business thriller (after Company Man), Jason Steadman, a middle-management salesman for an international electronics firm, befriends mysteriously well-connected tow-truck driver Kurt Semko and suddenly finds himself on the fast track to the executive suite, thanks mainly to the misfortunes of others. When a suspicious Steadman confronts Semko, his benefactor turns into a deadly foe who threatens to kill him, his wife and newborn baby. Finder's informed view of the dark side of the corporate world is deliciously devious and he is shrewd and witty enough to provide his likable hero with a particularly credible weapon against the seemingly omnipotent opponent: his salesmanship. Steadman, the narrator of this terrifying tale, is blessed with the gift of gab, and Scott Brick, one of the busier audio book performers, smoothly adjusts his delivery to the novel's carefully crafted patter and pacing. This includes quick shifts of tenor and tone to give voice to the self-confident sociopath Semko, Steadman's level-headed but needy wife, and his disgruntled and pink-slip — prone co-workers. Finder has created first-class material, but here it's Brick's impressive pitch that makes the sale. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover. (Reviews, Mar. 13). (May.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The latest "high octane thrill ride"* from the international bestselling "CEO of Suspense"-- hailed by critics as "perhaps the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists"**

*San Francisco Chronicle

** Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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