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Lifetime Employment
     

Lifetime Employment

by Floyd Kemske
 

When Gene gets a big promotion, he finds himself with even bigger problems. Two women need Gene to carry through their plans at Growth Services, Inc., where an extreme policy of lifetime employment means the only way to get ahead is murder.

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When Gene gets a big promotion, he finds himself with even bigger problems. Two women need Gene to carry through their plans at Growth Services, Inc., where an extreme policy of lifetime employment means the only way to get ahead is murder.

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“Kemske blends black humor with a serious treatment of the individual's plight within a closed, Kafkaesque society in his satiric first novel.” —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kemske blends black humor with a serious treatment of the individual's plight within a closed, Kafkaesque society in his satiric first novel, which freely and expertly borrows the techniques found in mysteries and thrillers. The culture here is a corporate one, Growth Services Inc. (what services it provides no one knows), which guarantees lifetime employment. But one can gain promotion only by murdering one's supervisor. Lacking the ill will to move up in the company's hierarchy, protagonist Gene stagnates in a dead-end job as an assistant human resources manager. When a top-level coup installs Cynthia Price as the new CEO, Gene's nonthreatening attitude suddenly makes him prime executive material. Her admonition ``Just go where you're told to go and do what you're told to do'' becomes his motto, and he looks upon her as his mentor--even though he eventually gets involved in a counter-takeover. Kemske's literary allusions and examinations of corporate philosophy are a treat, but he writes himself into a corner: the novel's end is at best unsatisfactory, at worst cynical. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945774181
Publisher:
Catbird Press
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author


Floyd Kemske is the author of Human Resources, Labor Day, and The Third Lion.

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