The executor /

by Kellerman, Jesse.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010Description: 341 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780399156472 (hbk.) :; 039915647X (hbk.).Title notes: $25.95 9-2010 (db)Subject(s): Graduate students -- Fiction | Mystery fiction | Fantasy fiction | Suspense fiction | Psychological fictionSummary: A grad student meets his intellectual match and seals his dark fate when he responds to a newspaper ad seeking a conversationalist.
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A masterful, inventive thriller from a remarkably assured and always surprising young writer. <br> <br> Perpetual graduate student Joseph Geist is at his wit's end. Recently kicked out of their shared apartment by his girlfriend, he's left with little more than a half bust of Nietzsche's head and the realization that he's homeless and unemployed. He's hit a dead end on his dissertation; his funding has been cut off. He doesn't even have a phone. Desperate for some source of income, he searches the local newspaper and finds a curious ad:<br> <br> CONVERSATIONALIST SOUGHT.<br> SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY.<br> PLEASE CALL 617-XXX-XXXX<br> BETWEEN SEVEN A.M. AND TWO P.M.<br> NO SOLICITORS.<br> <br> And so Joseph meets Alma Spielman: a woman who, with her old-world ways and razor-sharp mind, is his intellectual soul mate. How is he to know that what seems to be the best decision of his life is the one that seals his fate?

$25.95 9-2010 (db)

A grad student meets his intellectual match and seals his dark fate when he responds to a newspaper ad seeking a conversationalist.

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Library Journal Review

So here's the setup: Joseph, a Harvard philosophy graduate student, has just been kicked out by his girlfriend and needs a job and a place to live. He responds to an ad for a "conversationalist" and is hired by enigmatic octogenarian Alma, who was a philosophy student herself decades earlier in Austria. Then Joseph moves in. It's a charmed life, briefly, until Alma dies and he reaches a moral crossroads. There's her drug-addled nephew to contend with, and a couple of curious police officers wondering about the circumstances of Alma's death. Violence ensues, and from then on, it's pure torture for Joseph and the reader, really. VERDICT The buildup is excruciatingly slow-think bad Dostoyevsky-and the protagonist so unsympathetic that it's difficult to care about his quandaries. Kellerman incorporates clever and classic elements, but his fourth novel (after The Genius) would have sufficed as a taut short story of psychological suspense. This is only for those intrigued by philosophical questions and moral debates. Anticipate some demand from the literary thriller set but hope for a more energetic pace with his next title. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/09.]-Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib, Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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