The Deal

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Everything about Jonah Gray screams success -movie-star good looks, expensive clothes, a Park Avenue penthouse, and a seven-figure income. A cutthroat, rainmaking New York city commercial real estate broker, Jonah craves opulence and power. He beds models, romps the globe on the weekends and sees the world as his for the taking. Jonah Gray has it all. Or at least he had it all. When a friend presents Jonah with the deal of a lifetime, Jonah jumps at the chance. All Jonah has to do is act quickly, invest half a ...
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Overview

Everything about Jonah Gray screams success -movie-star good looks, expensive clothes, a Park Avenue penthouse, and a seven-figure income. A cutthroat, rainmaking New York city commercial real estate broker, Jonah craves opulence and power. He beds models, romps the globe on the weekends and sees the world as his for the taking. Jonah Gray has it all. Or at least he had it all. When a friend presents Jonah with the deal of a lifetime, Jonah jumps at the chance. All Jonah has to do is act quickly, invest half a billion dollars in prime NY office buildings, and collect a huge payoff. But this golden opportunity is anything but. Within days of signing on, Jonah is mysteriously thrust into the epicenter of an international and personal scandal. Forced to explore a whole new territory where he can trust no one, and where danger, death and deception lurk at every corner, Jonah will learn some painfully hard lessons about the quest for easy money. Closing this deal could mean losing everything.
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The Deal is a fresh, fast and fascinating thriller about money, betrayal, and murder set against the backdrop of the New York real estate world.

A substantial promotional budget will allow extensive national trade and consumer advertising, including targeted print media ads and mainstream print outlets.

A multi-tiered publicity campaign to include wide distribution of Advanced Reading Copies, a national author tour and Book Sense Programs.

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Weak prose, including ill-chosen similes ("My mind started throwing around possibilities like swelling kernels in a popcorn maker") and artless attempts to reduce New York City's commercial real estate world to a laundry list of adjectives, mars Gittlin's second thriller (after 2004's The Men Downstairs). Jonah Gray, a young, ambitious New York City commercial real estate broker, has a taste for the fast life. His insatiable hunger for challenging work meets his match when an old friend, Russian gas mogul Andreu Zhamovsky, asks him to arrange a purchase of property worth $500 million in three weeks. After Gray mobilizes his equally high-charged partners, the team crafts an ingenious strategy to simultaneously pursue three separate deals to maximize their options and leverage. But the story takes an implausible turn after someone plants a stolen Fabergé egg on Gray, leading him to wonder who's setting him up and why. The author, a commercial real estate executive himself, provides an authentic view of his professional world, but the far-fetched plot and a thoroughly unsympathetic main character make for a lackluster read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933515137
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Gittlin is a private investment executive in New York City who has been involved with commercial real estate transactions from all sides. Gittlin received a BA in Psychology as well as an MBA in Itnl Business, both from Syracuse University. A member of Mystery Writers of America, Authors Guild, & International Thrillers Writers, Gittlin is also the author of two previous novels: The Men Downstairs & The Deal. He is at work on the next Jonah Gray novel, & lives in NJ & NY with his son.
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  • Posted December 18, 2008

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    Adam Gittlin has a Future

    The Deal by Adam Gittlin starts out as the chance of a lifetime¿<BR/><BR/>Young hotshot real estate broker, Jonah Gray is given three weeks to propose and put together a half-a-billion dollar Manhattan real estate purchase deal by a Russian oil tycoon who choses Jonah because of old family connections. Jonah starts the work in confidence of his abilities to get this deal done but what he doesn¿t know is that he has actually become a pawn in an international game of intrigue involving stolen priceless artifacts, a mysterious Fabergé egg. As Jonah Gray gets deeper and deeper into uncovering the plot he gets more perilously in trouble losing almost everything he had or earned in the process.<BR/><BR/>I liked the protagonist in this novel. Jonah Gray is organized, smart, aggressive and speaks in a cock sure manner that gives him the edge in any situation ¿ whether it be a matter of business or a matter of life and death. The other characters in the story are also well developed and well thought out. There are no slouches here. His team at work are complementary to his style. As details about Jonah¿s father, Stan Gray, unfold it becomes clear where his intelligence, drive and business sense come from. I would say that Jonah¿s nemesis in the story, Andreu Zhamovsky, was also unfolded one leaf at a time so that we could only see his weaknesses toward the end.<BR/><BR/>At the end of the day this book is simply impressive! Adam Gittlin writes with fluidity and authority. He has a hard driving style but an intricate plot so my mind was racing throughout the entire story. I found myself trying to figure out the next move and not upset when a twist in the tale proved me wrong. And Adam did young Jonah and us a favor: He left the ending open for a sequel.<BR/><BR/>And I know this is corny but I am going to go on record with it:<BR/><BR/>The Deal is the real deal!

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