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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (2 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349110182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349110189
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,701,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At first, it's hard to like Ned Allen, the ambitious, yuppie salesman who is the protagonist of Douglas Kennedy's new thriller. The moral dilemmas and frustrations that trouble Ned on his rise to the sophisticated heights of Manhattan seem an afterthought, perhaps tacked on in response to their total absence in his first, highly trumpeted but ultimately unsuccessful novel, The Big Picture. But Ned begins to grow on the reader. Brutally fired, then blacklisted in his own industry, he watches his Faustian bargain with a ruthless real estate tycoon unravel, and it gets easier to root for him.

This entry in the recent genre of thrillers set in the world of downsized corporate America isn't quite up to the high standards established by Donald Westlake in The Ax, but it'll make the time go by a little faster on the red-eye back to the home office. --Jane Adams

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What begins as an everyday tale of takeover, downsizing and outplacement in the ruthless Manhattan business world rapidly mutates for our ad sales hero Ned Allen into something altogether sinister and cut-throat. Slickly plotted, with dialogue crisper than a fresh pretzel, and cynically observant of modern mores. THE JOB rattles towards its concluison like a runaway train. Like a good salesman, Kennedy really knows how to close. (ESQUIRE)

A furiously paced, compulsive thrille... there are affinities with John Grisham's THE FIRM, but a greater compliment is that THE JOB also reminds me of GLNGARRY GLEN ROSS, David Mamet's hymn to the salesman. (THE TIMES)

Kennedy has again employed his Big Apple chutzpah, a lot of careful reseach and above all, his ability to tell a story that hardly ever slots down from express train speed to construct another highly entertaining page turner. (IRISH TIMES)

Excellent... one of the best reads of the year. (Frances Fyfield)

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Don't be fooled by the attractive woman on the front cover this is a novel about living the high life in today's cut throat corporate America.The stories main character has it all - Attractive wife,trendy home,high flying job and a big salary to boot but is not content to stop there .This is a story about the American dream when it goes wrong.It's not subtle story telling but is a real page turner nevertheless.
Enjoy.
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A simply brilliant read. A bit of a slow starter but once in to it I couldn’t put it down. Great characters, great plot and a wonderful sense of humour underlines the entire story.
Ned Allen is such a believable and lovable character throughout I was willing him to succeed as one of the good guys. I could picture almost every suit in this book as some executive slime bag I had meet in the past somewhere... so true to life.
A cautionary tale about the desperation of modern life, how some want to win, constantly, so badly that they will go to any length to get what they want without the slightest concern about the extremely high risk strategy they are playing. A great plane or holiday book cause, trust me, you will not put down until it is finished. 5 stars!
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By Boof VINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2006
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I just LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! I was recommended Douglas Kennedy last week and after flying through "The Big Picture" (I also highly recommend) I picked up "The Job" yesterday and finished all 500 pages in 2 days. I could not put the thing down!

This is the story of a Salesperson who left the sticks to relocate to Manhattan, determined to be a success at any cost. After a series of very unfortunate events the story races along at breakneck speed leaving you unable to put the book down. I don't want to spoil the plot but it is suffice to say that this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I am now a firm Douglas Kennedy fan and can't wait to read his other stuff.
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This book has possibly the most uninspired title ever. Luckily, Kennedy saved his inspiration for the story itself. I can hardly believe that anyone could make the selling of advertising space so exciting - but 'The Job' is an unputdownable, white-knuckle ride of a book. Kennedy really knows how to make his characters suffer, and the velocity of the writing is breathtaking. I'd say this was even better than The Big Picture. If you want an astonishingly fast-paced, exciting read - that is actually quite clever and literary, too - then I'd recommend this highly.
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Started reading this book at 2.30 pm Saturday and finished it at 10.am on Sunday morning then straight to the book shop to buy more. Absolutlely unputdownable. Clever twisting plot. What disappontment to find there are so few novels by this guy - sorrow anticipated when the last one hits the deck. Bit like when I read the last Agatha Christie.
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This is the first Douglas Kennedy book I have read, and I am about to order his earlier ones. I couldn't put it down, and was relieved when it ended, I couldn't stand any more tension! More, more!
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By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2001
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This is the first book I have read by Douglas Kennedy. I couldn't put it down! It reminded me of the Client by Grisham. I am now going to add more of Douglas Kennedy's books to my wishlist.
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I just finished the book, and I couldn't wait to reach the last page! Entertaining and impressive, because we don't (at least I want to think so) have such rutheless corporate environments in Europe. I recommend this book to Amazon customers and am now about to order another D. Kennedy book myself!
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