Outsourced

Outsourced

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by Dave Zeltserman
     
 

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Praise for Dave Zeltserman:

"If there's any other young writer out there who does crime noir better than Zeltserman, I don't even want to know."—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

"Zeltserman's breakthrough crime novel deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Pariah is all I

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Praise for Dave Zeltserman:

"If there's any other young writer out there who does crime noir better than Zeltserman, I don't even want to know."—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

"Zeltserman's breakthrough crime novel deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Pariah is all I know of bliss and lament. Bliss at reading a superb novel and lament at knowing that Dave Zeltserman has now raised the bar so high, we're screwed."—Ken Bruen

Following from his ultra-noir trilogy—Small Crimes, Pariah, and Killer—is Outsourced, Dave Zeltserman's most commercial book to date.

A classic heist thriller pitched somewhere between Ocean's Eleven and Dog Day Afternoon, it's the story of a group of software engineers who lose their jobs due to an industry push to outsourcing. Desperate, and seeing their middle-class lives crumbling apart, they come up with a brilliant plan to use their computing skills to rob a bank. But not even a systems analyst can foresee every eventuality, so the group falls afoul of the Russian Mafia . . .

Movie rights have been sold for Outsourced, and the film will be produced by the team behind the hugely successful Resident Evil films.

Dave Zeltserman has, over the years, worked developing data communication software at some of the world's leading networking and computer companies. He lives in the Boston area with his wife Judy. His previous novels include Small Crimes (voted one of NPR's top five crime and mystery novels of 2008), Pariah, and Killer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Zeltserman's tale of a botched bank robbery lacks the bite of his best noir work like Small Crimes and Pariah. Massachusetts software engineer Dan Wilson, who's hit hard times and just learned he's losing his eyesight, joins three other unemployed programmers in a desperate scheme. A glitch in a bank's security system will allow the four to pull off a heist during a time when the silent alarm signal won't reach the police. Predictably, things don't go as planned, and the resulting murder ups the stakes for the robbers, who begin to turn against each other. Since the safety deposit boxes they looted were the property of a vicious Russian thug, Wilson and his co-conspirators have more than the police to worry about. Some readers may wish the author had done a better job of making Wilson's transformation from computer geek to armed robber persuasive. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

"You can outsource software engineering, but so far at least you can’t outsource crime writing as good as Zeltserman’s." -Boston Globe

"A small gem of crime fiction" -Booklist

"A dark, lightning-paced read" -Financial Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846687327
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,333,449
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author


David Zeltserman has over the years worked developing data communication software at some of the world's leading networking and computer companies, including Motorola, DEC, Nokia, Lucent and Cisco. He lives in the Boston area with his wife Judy, is a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan and when he’s not writing crime fiction, he spends his time working on his black belt in Kung Fu. His previous novels, Small Crimes(9781852429713), Pariah (9781846686436) and Killer (9781846686443) are also published by Serpent’s Tail.

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Outsourced 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In New England software engineers Dan and Shrini are fired when their positions are outsourced to India. Middle aged Dan worries for his family as he only brings small change as a freelance contractor and his wife Carol works as a legal assistant though her hours have been cut. He also knows he needs health insurance as he is going blind unless he has surgery. Shrini finds it ironic that he cannot score work in the States, but once home in India will receive outsourcing offers from the same companies who rejected him. After working on a bank security program in which the safety protocols were developed extremely poorly overseas, Dan sees the major flaw. He and Shrini work on a plan to rob the bank. Dan asks his former mentor out of work Joel to join the team, which he reluctantly does, but insists on Eric be on their heist unit so the latter can supply untraceable weapons. The final player is strange Gordon. The scheme is perfect on paper but the execution not so as people die. As the Feds, local cops led by Detective Resnick, and former KGB turned mobster Petrenko search for the money, the thieves struggle with each other and their fears that their families will learn of their crime caper. Dan is the center of this crime caper as an upper middle class good citizen whose life has imploded due to Outsourcing of his job. Ironically the quality of work is irrelevant to the software companies as that takes away from the bottom line leading to the middle aged men (and the younger Shrini) being fired and able to draw up the perfect plan. Readers will feel for Dan. Although Petrenko and several of Dan's cronies are more caricatures seemingly employed to enable the protagonist's woes to stand out further, fans will enjoy this exciting amateur criminal Noir with a powerful poignant coda while the body count will remind readers of the line "War, friend only to the undertaker" from Edwin Starr's War. Harriet Klausner