Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch

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Russell Wiley is in deep trouble. A media executive for the failing Daily Business Chronicle, his career is teetering on the brink of collapse, and his sexless marriage is fast approaching its expiration date. With his professional and personal lives floundering, it’s no wonder Russell is distracted, unhappy, and losing faith in himself. Making matters worse are his scheming boss, a hotshot new consultant, and the beguiling colleague whose mere presence has a disconcerting effect on Russell’s starved libido. ...
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Overview

Russell Wiley is in deep trouble. A media executive for the failing Daily Business Chronicle, his career is teetering on the brink of collapse, and his sexless marriage is fast approaching its expiration date. With his professional and personal lives floundering, it’s no wonder Russell is distracted, unhappy, and losing faith in himself. Making matters worse are his scheming boss, a hotshot new consultant, and the beguiling colleague whose mere presence has a disconcerting effect on Russell’s starved libido. Disaster seems imminent...and that’s before he makes a careless mistake that could cost the paper millions. Russell realizes he must take drastic action if he is going to salvage his career, his love life, and what little remains of his self-respect. Sardonic, edgy, and true to life, this gripping novel from author Richard Hine offers an insider’s view into a newspaper’s inner sanctum and the people who oil the wheels of the “old media” machine.

Heralded by Publishers Weekly as “one part Glengarry Glen Ross and two parts Sophie Kinsella,” Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch is a debut novel that will delight any listener who has waded through the uncharted territories of the heart or witnessed the ironies of corporate life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935597148
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,231,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

London-born Richard Hine began his career as an advertising copywriter. After moving to New York at the age of twenty-four, he held creative and marketing positions at Adweek; Time magazine, where he became publisher of Time's Latin America edition; and the Wall Street Journal, where he was the marketing vice president responsible for the launch of the Journal's Weekend Edition. Since 2006, Hine has worked as a marketing and media consultant, ghostwriter, and novelist. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary publications, including London Magazine and the Brooklyn Review. He lives in New York City with the novelist Amanda Filipacchi.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    One Terrific Read

    Although most novelists hate comparisons, I can't resist the temptation to compare Richard Hine's character Russell Wiley to Joseph Heller's Bob Slocum (Something Happened). Both characters live their lives of quiet desperation, unable to find solace either at work or at home. I prefer Hine's pace, however, and "Russell Wiley is out to Lunch" moves us briskly through a tormented tale of corporate greed, politics, lust and incompetence that many of us can relate to and have experienced at one time or another, regardless of the field.


    In Russell Wiley's case the field is publishing-at a newspaper that is quickly going under-with Russell's help, as it turns out.


    Meanwhile, there are those who are out to get him, like the ambitious new consultant, and there are those that Russell would like to get (if you know what I mean), like the sexy employee who makes his knees buckle whenever she comes within ten feet.


    If summarized in a sentence or two, "Russell Wiley is out to Lunch" would necessarily touch upon the melancholy and angst that embodies the novel. Lost in the summary, though, would be the wit, irreverence, belly laughs and obvious understanding of life that Hine displays.


    You just have to read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    A great read

    A humorous window into the world of newspaper advertising, this novel is a mocking view of the not so simple life of a media executive. In part analogous to the humour of Tom Holt in books such as, 'You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps' and part the agonising absurdities of Helen Fielding's 'Bridgett Jones's Diary'. 'Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch' is an enjoyable read for anyone who has ever worked in an office and is weary of corporate clichés and maxims.

    Russell Wiley's world is rapidly falling apart as the new owner of the Daily Business Chronicle seeks to spend less and achieve more. To supplement this, his nearly sexless marriage is on the rocks and his self confidence is at an all time low. Russell attempts to suck up to his scheming boss and stay away from the generic, yet highly dangerous, 'hot-shot' consultant with his business school project plans and templates. Simultaneously trying to keep his team on target, manage out the less able of them and not think too much about the lovely Erika Fallon. At which point Russell makes the worst mistake of his career and needs to work fast to mitigate this disaster and save his paper millions.

    This book is a great and very funny read and the pace definitely keeps the pages turning. I look forward to the Richard Hine's next offering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    A funny, highly entertaining read

    A thoroughly enjoyable book -- a very clever, funny look at work life in Corporate America. So many of the characters and situations ring true!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    For anyone who has ever had coworkers

    While set in the New York media world, "Russell Wiley" offers descriptive insight into the personalities, politics and paranoia that anyone familiar with any workplace will recognize. Relatable, enjoyable, hilarious and highly compelling - I didn't want to put it down!

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    serendipity, synergism and sex

    This is an insiders account of an industry that has fallen apart and remade itself. Publishing...the once and future jewel in the crown of NYC. It's accurate and funny and a classic lesson in market evolution. The only enduring thread that holds it all together is the crazy corporate and personal politic. You'll know, love and hate, all the characters. They live and work with you. God save us all.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    Once you start this book, you will not put it down

    I read this in one sitting. I could not wait to see what happens. It's so very timely. A wonderful story that's human, touching and very funny. It is so New York NOW. If you're interested in today's media, corporate BS, relationships, Manhattan----and expensive hamburgers and envelopes you'll love it.

    RA

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

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    Imteresing

    The Daily Business Chronicle Assistant Sales Director Russell Wiley wonders which will collapse first. He ponders whether the near bankrupt newspaper will file before his even more bankrupt marriage to Sam is filed. Making him unhappy at work is the new owner of the mega media company that includes the Daily Business Chronicle shopping cart magnate Larry Ghosh plans to shut down the failing paper.

    Russell ponders how he will survive amidst the sharks who devour the unconfident for lunch. He knows the consultant needs scalps to prove his value and his attraction to a peer Erica who leaves him speechless (except below the waistline) whenever she is near. Worst of all is Cindy the survivor superstar at getting all the credit for success and Teflon for failure while doing nothing more than paint her nails. Deciding if need be to wear rubber underwear, Russell decides if he goes down it will be with a fight.

    With a nod to the zany Office Space and the song Backstabber by the O'Jays, readers will enjoy Russell Wiley's efforts to save his career; he has pretty much given up on his marriage. Filled with interoffice relationships, some of which feel forced, but most will remind the audience of a place where they have worked. Readers will root for Alan as he follows the advice of Playboy magazine that to hit a home run you need to swing the bat though that also could mean a strike out.

    Harriet Klausner

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