From the Publisher
“Glenn Kaplan's Evil, Inc. does what the best thrillers do--it's half a step ahead of tomorrow's headlines.” James Patterson
“A shock-wave thriller, Evil, Inc. is a roaring, paranoid delight about the real killers in the boardroom.” Janet Evanovich
“Kaplan takes kill-or-be-killed business ideologies to psychopathic new levels in this deftly plotted corporate thriller…It's Donald Trump meets Hannibal Lecter, with highly engaging results.” Publishers Weekly on Evil, Inc.
“Evil, Inc. is a terrific, irresistible read. Don't start it if you have something to do the next day.” Steven Brill, author of After and founder of Court TV and The American Lawyer
“Suspenseful, sexy, and as swift-moving as a wire transfer sweeping a million bucks around the globe in an instant. Don't miss it.” William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution on Evil, Inc.
“A gripping tale of battle for corporate control fought not with tender offers or proxies, but with murder and sabotage. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.” Martin Lipton, founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz on Evil, Inc.
“A fine thriller ripped out of today's Enron-like headlines. When I finished Evil, Inc., I had a sense that I'd really learned something about corporate America and the men and women who run the show.” David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Dance With the Dragon
Kaplan's reading of his own thriller offers listeners a mixed bag. He's not especially good at creating believable voices for his women characters and his children's voices are even worse. But Kaplan, who has spent two decades as a creative director at various ad agencies supporting many Fortune 500 companies, has obviously poured everything he learned into creating the hopeful voice and disposition of his protagonist, Ken Olson. Kaplan shines as Olson, who has just become divisional director of an Ohio-based plastics manufacturing company. He creates equally vivid and credible villains: a nasty trio including the company's CEO, vice president and a board member-all of whom want to see Olson fail and/or die. Kaplan's knowing thriller makes a good choice for a long business flight. Simultaneous release with the Forge hardcover (Reviews, June 4). (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
A rising exec intent on clawing his way to the top finds that the claws of his competitors and apparent allies are sharper than his in this high-fatality, low-suspense thriller. Ken Olson, a "tall, thin 34-year-old executive with blond hair and pale blue eyes," is on the fast track. Despite repeated pleas from his loving wife, Sandy, to move to a smaller company than Ayvil Plastics, he's determined to impress the new hatchet man, Executive Vice President Tom Pennington, during their tete-a-tete on the way from the airport. It all works better than Ken could have dreamed. Pennington instantly accepts Ken's plan to cut costs instead of closing the plant and names Ken Division Director. But sharks are already circling Pennington himself. Ayvil CEO Arch Paulson, furious that he isn't shutting down Ayvil Plastics, is hatching plots to discredit him with all the fire-breathing gusto of a Shakespearean baddie, and soon a breathtaking act of industrial sabotage claims a thousand lives at the plant. Ken, a broken man, is turned into an avenger by a further backstabbing coup de grace. Joining forces with Sandra's brother, industrial-security expert Phil Lambert, he resolves to go after the men who ruined him. That's a tall order because (1) there are lots of them, (2) they're fabulously wealthy, powerful, manipulative and unscrupulous, (3) they're not necessarily the guys Ken thinks they are (though few readers will be so guileless). Kaplan (All for Money, 1993) keeps the pot boiling vigorously, provides low-key guidance to the Machiavellian plots and counterplots hatching in half a dozen executive suites, and confirms every dastardly stereotype his enormous target audience has about big business:"Mass firing? Mass murder? It's such a short step."On the downside, there's little mystery, less danger to the hero and a clunky prose style that makes Joseph Finder, who owns this territory, sound like Proust.