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The Up and Comer

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    fun thrilling- the best book in a long time

    I read a lot of books and this is great I read it in just a few days We need more books by Howard!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2003

    FUNNY & INTRIGUING, but don't expect a believeable outcome

    The main character, who is also the narrator, has hilarious wit and manners that make him likeable no matter how much you want to hate him. My only complaint is... the book becomes less believeable down the line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    READ THIS BOOK!

    The story of Philip (one "L") Randall is a truly entertaining story. The characters literally come alive and the plot will hold your interest throughout. I read this novel in one sitting and wished it could have continued for another several hundred pages. As a former 212er, word of warning for Howard Roughan-there better be a sequel in the works or you'll hear from my lawyer, Jack Devine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Martini's Review

    A masterful medley of witty humor, seduction, reality and suspense... The Up and Comer will have you intriqued and entertained from beginning to end. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    AMAZING!!!!

    This book was wonderful. For a first novel it was well written. It kept me wanting more. There should be a sequel to see what happens. I loved it. Did I say that already. One of my new favorites, I can read it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    The Up and Comer Keeps Climbing

    I absolutely loved reading The Up and Comer. It's main character, Philip Randall, who seemingly had everything most men only dream about; wealth, a beautiful wife, successful career, respect, obviously wanted even more and was willing to do anything to get it. Of course he had no idea his life was about to be turned upside down and he'd lose everything. Despite his infidelity, it was difficult to dislike him simply because he was generally such a likeable guy with a great sense of humor and timing. I certainly hope the Author, Howard Roughan is planning to do a sequel on this so we can see if Mr. Randall makes an 'up and comeback'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    A Triumphant First

    Impressively adept and sharp, Howard Roughan¿s first novel draws the reader into the dark, often amusing, realm of the subconscious, personified by Phillip Randall ¿ a young, New York lawyer who has everything except a single redeeming feature. The luxury apartment, free-flowing cash, and beautiful and seriously rich wife are not enough for Randall. Not even New York City, with its myriad opportunities for extravagance can satisfy his ego. Like a child whose emotional range begins and ends with his will, Randall¿s star is fueled by a shameless and arrogant view of life as a grand con game, one he believes he is slick enough to win no matter the risks. At the center of the plot is the love affair with his best friend¿s wife, and through his cold, often funny, editorials on the maintenance of this liaison, we come to realize that Randall is more turned on by the subterfuge than he is by the sex. Thus, when an old acquaintance emerges from the shadows and threatens to expose the affair, Randall sizes up this new opponent in the game and deems him unworthy. By calling the blackmailer¿s bluff, Randall sets off a chain of astonishingly horrible events, through which the author demonstrates tremendous inventiveness and a strong facility for creating tension and momentum. On the surface, The Up and Comer is like a well-crafted pulp novel on speed ¿ legitimately a page-turner. But beyond that, Roughan succeeds in leaving the reader ever so slightly haunted by this dark adventure. While it is tempting, at first, to dismiss Randall as an idiot who turned a speed bump into a train wreck, there is something frighteningly familiar about him. For every ounce of ambition, there is at least a measure of Randall in there, and in the end one must admit, however sheepishly, that he is human. At best, this is a disturbing revelation, and Roughan deserves a great deal of credit for the subtle way in which this book leaves its lingering effect. High praise indeed for this remarkable new author. I look forward to the next Roughan work with tremendous eagerness and slight trepidation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    A FAST-PACED TALE OF BLACKMAIL

    New York lawyer Philip Randall thinks he has it all, a position with one of Manhattan's top law firms, a beautiful and wealthy wife, and a mistress on the side. He is used to shopping in the best stores, dining in the finest restaurants, and attending the hottest parties, but this is about to change when a person from his past enters his life and threatens to change everything he has worked for. While out with friends, Philip and his wife Tracey run into a high school buddy, Tyler Mills, and what seems on the surface a coincidental meeting turns out be something much darker, for Tyler, recovering from a suicide attempt, has created a plan, one that will make him rich, and destroy another man's life. Several days after their 'chance' encounter, Tyler confronts Philip and demands a large sum of money for his silence... As Tyler explains he has been watching Philip, and he is aware of the affair he is having with his best friend's wife. Not taking the threats serious, Philip ignores Tyler's warnings, but once the phone calls, faxes, and emails start, he realizes Tyler means business. Determined to keep his secrets safe Philip agrees to make the payment, but he himself has a plan, one that will rid him of Tyler for good. What ensues is a twisted battle for survival that raises one question...is the winner REALLY a winner? 'The Up And Comer' is a darkly funny, fast-paced thriller that raises serious questions about morality. Howard Roughan has written - much in the style of Bret Easton Ellis - a novel that takes flawed characters, throws them into the glitz and glamour of Manhattan, and chronicles just how far someone will go to get everything they want. 'The Up And Comer' is sure to be a bestseller, as well as one of the summer's most talked about books. Nick Gonnella

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting character study

    Perhaps it is the remains of his youth, but ultra-confident attorney Philip Randall smugly feels he owns the world. Philip has some evidence to support his belief. He is climbing the legal corporate ladder at a record pace. His malleable wife comes from a very wealthy Greenwich, Connecticut family that adores him. Finally, the brazen Philip has a lover, who knows how to excite him. <P>However, it is the latter that begins to cause Philip great harm. An old acquaintance Tyler Mills has been taking pictures of Philip with his lover. Tyler wants money for his silence or he threatens to blow up Philip¿s perfect orb. Philip knows that if Tyler talks, his elitist lifestyle ends. However, he also knows that paying the blackmailer will mean a life of feeding this lunatic who will never let go of the cash cow he has cornered. <P> THE UP AND COMER is a forceful thriller that succeeds because the key characters come across as human. Philip¿s hedonism, his wife¿s compliance, his lover¿s needs, and his blackmailer¿s rough blend of sadism all ring authentic and make the tale an exciting character study. The story line is told by Philip, which allows readers to slowly see him turn from smug importance to frightened desperado. This technique humanizes the cast even further as readers will wonder what path Philip will take. Howard Roughan is clearly an up and coming author worth following. <P>Harriet Klausner

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