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A thrilling page-turner involving downsizing, blackmail and murder in the Manhattan business world.

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Douglas Kennedy is the author of THE BIG PICTURE, THE DEAD HEART and three travel books, BEYOND THE PYRAMIDS, IN GOD'S COUNTRY and CHASING MAMMON. Born in New York City in 1955, he lives in London with his wife and two children.


Kennedy's first novel, The Big Picture (1997), was a riveting commercial thriller that was perhaps overhyped. His second, though it shares the first book's galloping pace and strong sense of close-of-century angst among the well-fixed, seems, two-thirds of the way through, to give up the ghost for what reads like an overplotted, underwritten homage to Grisham. Ned Allen is a brash young ad salesman for a striving computer magazine in Manhattan, and the perils and pleasures of such a life are brilliantly set out in the opening chapters. Then a German conglomerate (in what may be a particularly timely reference among book people) takes over, and disaster strikes. In no time, Ned is without a job and, because of a quarrel he got into with a powerful space buyer and an enraged swing at his creepy German boss, is perhaps unemployable. Meanwhile, wife Lizzie is tiring of his remoteness and tantrums. To the rescue comes an old school chum who works for a high-profile but shady real estate tycoon, and Ned finds himself enmeshed in money laundering and murder‘with him as the suspect. The concluding chapters brim with Grishamesque ploys: offshore bank accounts are manipulated, traps are set, time is running out. The trouble is that Ned's world has been so accurately and meticulously set forth early in the book that all this breathless, barely credible skullduggery seems to belong to a different, and poorer, book entirely. Kennedy can certainly make the pages turn; he must learn to make them turn to more consistently rewarding effect. $500,000 joint marketing campaign with Big Picture paperback; author tour. (July)

*'A furiously paced, compulsive thriller' THE TIMES **'Wickedly inventive' INDEPENDENT **'Rattles towards its conclusion like a runaway train. Like a good salesman, Kennedy really knows how to close' ESQUIRE **'A comic fable masquerading as a contemporary thriller...Kennedy proves himself a master' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY **'Scintillating' SUNDAY TIMES **"Fast-paced and skilfully controlled' GUARDIAN.

Kennedy's first book, The Big Picture (LJ 6/15/97), was a New York Times best seller, so he's back with more. His new work features a downsized ad salesman whose desperate decision to work for a sleazy real estate tycoon has awful repercussions. With a $500,000 national marketing campaign coinciding with release of the mass market paperback of The Big Picture, you can expect to be hearing a lot about Kennedy.

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