Outblush Book Club: The Ax

Burke Devore has been a paper company manager his whole life. It's all he knows. Up until now, he has been a happy man. A family man. A man who follows the rules. But now he's lost his job, and with it his sense of self, his relationship with his family, and his dignity. He'll do anything to get his life back. He gathers information and sets off across the country to do away with each and every man whose resume is too much alike with his; any man who might get a paper company job instead of him. He is determined to prevail no matter how violent things become, and no matter how low he has to sink to get what he wants.

The Ax by Donald Westlake ($25) was published over a decade ago, but it has renewed relevance in the present day. Who among us doesn't know someone who has been laid off, who can't find a job right now, or is in that position themselves? How many times have you applied for a job that was given to someone else? How far would you go to eliminate the competition?

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Pamela Daley

Posted on 04.04.11 at 7:38 PM

And if you haven't read Westlake's Parker series (which he wrote under the nom de plume Richard Stark), you haven't read crime fiction - violent crime from the pov of the criminal! Thrilling:

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