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The Executor [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Kellerman
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The plot builds to a climax that's as devastating as it is plausible. Few thriller writers today are as gifted as Kellerman at using lucid and evocative prose in the service of an intense and nail-biting story (Publishers Weekly )

Kellerman is an inspired stylist with a darkly witty sensibility that owes much to Patricia Highsmith (Telegraph )

Cements the young American as one of the hottest crime writers around (Daily Mirror )

Exudes the subtle menace of Hitchcock at his very best . . . This is a deft, sinuous thriller that creeps up on you like a knife in the darkness--and is every bit as satisfying as the lavish Viennese cream cakes its central characters are so fond of (Daily Mail )

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The plot builds to a climax that's as devastating as it is plausible. Few thriller writers today are as gifted as Kellerman at using lucid and evocative prose in the service of an intense and nail-biting story Publishers Weekly Kellerman is an inspired stylist with a darkly witty sensibility that owes much to Patricia Highsmith Telegraph Cements the young American as one of the hottest crime writers around Daily Mirror Exudes the subtle menace of Hitchcock at his very best ... This is a deft, sinuous thriller that creeps up on you like a knife in the darkness--and is every bit as satisfying as the lavish Viennese cream cakes its central characters are so fond of Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (27 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HV0U3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jesse Kellerman was born in Los Angeles in 1978. He is the bestselling author of The Brutal Art and three other novels: The Executor, Trouble and Sunstroke. He graduated from Harvard and has won several awards for his writing, including the Princess Grace Award, given to America's most promising young playwright. He lives with his wife and son in California.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If this was bacon it would be streaky... 16 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Streaky bacon is the best way to describe this book, because it's got so much fat in it and not much in the way of quality meat. Forgive the bad analogy, but this really is how it feels. Firstly, the tagline of "Kellerman is a master of menace" is wholly misleading in the context of The Executor. There's very little menace here, and it turns out to be a run of the mill thriller with little in the way of "thriller".

The biggest problem is the author's excessive and somewhat indulgent ponderings. As others have said, there's far too much philosophy here which does little to move the story along. After the first 50 pages I was ready to throw in the towel because the meanderings become quickly tiresome, and at worst patronising.

However, it does pick up and I actually found the story to be vaguely intriguing. The intrigue didn't hold up though, as my expectations of dark secrets around Alma's history proved unfounded, and highlights a real missed opportunity. As things unravel (literally) I found it quite enjoyable in a "how is he going to get out of this?" way, but sadly just as the narrative gains momentum and the world starts crashing down, there's a huge jump in the timeline which left me feeling more than a little cheated, and smacks of laziness and the author rushing to get it finished.

One of the other big problems (aside from yawn inducing philosophical interludes which sound like the author regurgitating his own dissertation) is that the main character isn't likeable. I felt little empathy with him, and as the story progressed I came to dislike him. Of course, not all central characters are there to be liked, but we have to feel something for them. And this is perhaps Kellerman's biggest mistake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like marmite 21 Feb 2013
By A F
Format:Kindle Edition
you either love J Kellerman or you don't. I hate Marmite - but love his books. After Brutal Art - this was very different .... but I was pleased about it ... because it was not predictable ... I agree with another reader - this is more psychological thriller .... Main character very well described and his metamorphosis is a fabulous piece of writing ... I have read 2 books and very happy to read another one ...
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By Jose
Format:Paperback
Don't believe what the back cover says, it is not a thriller. It is not necessarily a bad thing.

The story revolves around Joseph Geist, who is a failed philosophy graduate (pedantic and idealistic). At the beginning of the book, his girl friend kicks him out and breaks up with him. To top it all, he loses his graduate position at the university. His only hope comes from a classified ad posted by an old lady.

The rest of the book describes the descent of an average student, into insanity. Because the book is written using the first person, the reader feels more involved as they are not only witnessing the facts. This is the biggest selling point of this book.

On the downside, the story is slow at the best of times and is sometimes clogged with lengthy descriptions and philosophical dissertations about "light" themes such as free will, freedom, etc...

Instead of a thriller, you end up with a psychological drama. Give it a go, you could be happily surprised.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NIETZSCHE AND THE PROFESSIONAL STUDENT 1 Nov 2012
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
If the intent of Jesse Kellerman was to create a character so lazy, whiney, entitled and self-serving that he may very well be one of the most unlikable, unredeemable characters to spring from the page of a novel then he certainly accomplished his goal when he came up with the Harvard undergrad student named Joseph Geist, chief protagonist in THE EXECUTOR. Drawing on the fact that Geist is a philosophy major, Kellerman has devoted the initial chapters of his book to what amounts to A Novices Introduction to Philosophical Theory. His style is reminiscent of sitting in a college lecture hall listening to some pompous professor drone on and on about his subject matter. The next few chapters address the subject of Joseph's relationship with Alma Spielmann, a lonely foreign born woman of letters who longs for meaningful conversation and fulfills her need by hiring our protagonist and moving him into her home. Things between Alma and Joseph are moving along swimmingly, and Joseph is enjoying the spoils of his responsibility free life until things are unceremoniously interrupted by the appearance of a "fly in the ointment". Enter Eric, Alma's nasty nephew. This character is an even more greedy and manipulative free-loader than Joseph, which is not an easy achievement. The two rivals engage in a jealous and potentially deadly battle to be King of the Hill.

The remainder of the book delves into Joseph's decline as he attempts to hold on to the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed. This man, who perceives himself as a struggling intellectual, proceeds to make some of the most illogical and downright stupid decisions imaginable and his interminable musings and rampant inner conversations ultimately manifest in a galloping case of paranoia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars give it a go 18 July 2012
Format:Paperback
An unusual thriller -dark and full of menace . This is not an action packed novel but it does engage the reader with philosophical concepts and a clever way of involving the reader with the dilemma the main character finds himself in.
Definitely worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoyed this book but was slightly disappointed in the ending. Worth a read though. Eight out of ten. X
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
Belong to a Book Club, and this was the required reading for the month.
Book excellent condition, fast delivery. Full marks.
Book content very different matter. Read more
Published 20 months ago by EastCoastCookie
1.0 out of 5 stars zzzzzzzz
I really wanted to like this book, but it was slow and by page 200 nothing had really happened and I was getting a little fed up with the long winded conversations. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2011 by P. Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars RUBBISH!
Way too long winded in descriptions, some parts were interesting but as a whole, the book bored me and I couldnt be bothered to finish it
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by Ash
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
I must admit that I did not finish this book because I did not like what it was about. Sorry ! Normally I like Jesse Kellerman but not this one.
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Bianca
4.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn
My husband read this first and said it was awful, which left me wondering if I would enjoy it. Loved A Brutal Art and hoped that this would be as good. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by M. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars A few hours of my life I'll never get back!!!
Probably the most bloated and ponderous book I've ever read.

I formed the opinion early on that the writer was attempting to reach for something profound but succeeded... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by Jp Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars dont waste your money - have my copy free of charge!
The title of the review says it all.
I have the previous titles by this author and thought I liked his writing style, this though was tedious in the extreme, very... Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2010 by little fluffy cloud
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