Thursday, November 17, 2011


In KILLER INSTINCT by Joseph Finder a young executive named Jason Steadman is trying to cope with his wife's urging that he climb the corporate ladder at an electronics firm so that they can enjoy a better life.  But Jason doesn't really have the killer instinct that his rival, a consistent top salesman, does.  Then Jason meets an ex Special Forces officer who was dishonorably discharged in Iraq.  Kurt Semko was once drafted by a major baseball team, and so Jason gives him a chance by hiring him as a security officer--primarily because the company team needs a pitcher.  Soon, Jason is moving up the ladder quickly, thanks to some "accidents" his rivals seem to be having.  Can you see where this is going?  The suspense is narrated by Scott Brick, who slowly builds the tension into a believable predicament that anyone might find themselves in once they become friends with a sociopath.  As a bonus, there follows an interview between author Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell, who wrote "Blink" and "The Tipping Point," on the nature of interoffice politics. 
James Lee Burke, one of the finest writers in the world, teamed with the perfect narrator for his work in Will Patton. 

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