The Listby Steve Martini
A bold and successful scheme to outwit the biggest players in publishing and film animates this novel by the bestselling author of The Judge--a suspenseful thriller in which the price of fame becomes terror.Gable Cooper has penned a novel to kill for. Six million dollars in book and film rights are looming just off the table for this unknown author. But there is a problem: Gable Cooper doesn't exist.Abby Chandlis is an attorney turned novelist and the creator of Gable Cooper. In an age when glamour, not grammar, is often the secret to selling books, Abby has an intriguing plan to keep her writing career alive: find a charismatic male face to pose as the phantom author for the knock-dead thriller she has written.Jack Jermaine is a man with dangerous good looks and a shadowy past. Trained by the military to kill, his obsession is to pen a blockbuster book. He has a trunk filled with rejected manuscripts and a gnawing problem that has turned him bitter: Jack can't write.Desperate to find a man to play the role of Gable Cooper, Abby is about to give up when Jack forces his way into her life. Reluctantly she is convinced that Jack's humor and looks will clinch success for her novel. She uses her legal wits and makes a deal with the devil. Jack becomes Gable Cooper.When Jack is propelled into the orbit of celebrity, Abby finds herself at once seduced and trapped by her own creation. Success turns to terror. The story careens from the Pacific Northwest to New York City and finally through the islands of the Caribbean as Abby races for her life to the one person she can trust--the one person who can prove to the world that she wrote the novel, and put an end to the nightmare that was once her dream, the dream of making The List.
Life hasn't been kind to Abby Chandlis. She's going nowhere in her Seattle law firm; her second career as a novelist is stalled; her shiftless ex is behind in his payments, leaving her dining on cat food. But Abby has an ace in the hole: a new novel that could hit the bestseller list with the force of a pile- driver. Could hit, if only Abby weren't so unglamorous (she's pushing 40), so shopworn (those old novels turn out to be worse than no help), so unpromotable. So Abby and her roommate Theresa decide to find a front, some male model who'll masquerade as "Gable Cooper" for a percentage of a take that stretches higher than Jack's beanstalk. And even though the front that Abby ends up with, soldier-of-fortune/failed novelist Jack Jermaine, isn't exactly what she was looking for, the two storm through a brightly malicious pipe dream of literary celebrity, as Abby sticks like glue to her supposed client's side while big-ticket agents, publishers, and producers fight over them like so many jackals. But even before take-charge Jermaine spirits his dazzled ghostwriter off to the Caribbean for some sun and sex, clouds have gathered on the horizon. Theresa has died in a suspicious accident that seems meant for Abby; Theresa's low-life husband Joey follows apace; the Seattle police are looking for Abby; so is a scandal-sheet reporter; and finally Abby wonders whether her own legal claim to her chart-busting novel might be a lot more slender than she thoughtand might be based a little too exclusively on the testimony of her late friend.
Absolutely irresistible balderdashThe Pelican Brief for everybody who isn't John Grisham.
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Meet the Author
A writer before he was an attorney, Mr. Martini worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and a capital correspondent at the state house in Sacramento, California. It was while he covered the “Helter Skelter” murder trial, and watched prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi in action, that he became interested in the law.
An honors graduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Mr. Martini holds his law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. He has written widely on the law and politics, having covered both state and federal courts, the state legislature, and the administrations of governors Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown.
In 1974 Mr. Martini entered private law practice with the Sacramento firm of CoBen, Cooper and Zilaff where he represented clients in both civil and criminal matters. In 1976 he joined the staff of the State Bar of California and was selected as one of three representatives of the Bar assigned to appear regularly before the California State Legislature. Mr. Martini has drafted numerous pieces of legislation affecting California’s justice system. Among other items, he was instrumental in crafting ballot arguments for a constitutional overhaul of the state’s Commission on Judicial Appointments and the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the agencies charged with confirming those nominated to the appellate courts in California and disciplining errant judges.
In 1986 he was appointed by the Governor to serve as Deputy Director of the State Office of Administrators Hearings. He has served as an administrative judge and as a special council on assignment from the Governor’s Office to the California Victims of Violent Crimes Program.
From his first book through his last, Martini has garnered both critical and popular praise for his New York Times bestselling novels. To date, he has authored ten books, The Simeon Chamber, Compelling Evidence, Prime Witness, Undue Influence, The Judge, The List, Critical Mass, The Attorney, The Jury and The Arraignment, as well as numerous news articles and commentary on the law and politics. His novel The Judge was made into an NBC-TV miniseries that starred Chris Noth and aired in May 2001. Mr. Martini lives on the West Coast.
- Date of Birth:
- February 28, 1946
- Place of Birth:
- San Francisco, California
- B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1968; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1974
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This is a wonderfully written book that really opened my eyes into the world of publishing. It will keep you on the edge of your seat with every turn of the page. I do not recommend starting this book at night as you will not be able to put it down, once started. I learned that the hard way. This is another of those great books that I would like to see Hollywood make into a movie, I am sure that they would probably screw it up, but I think that we have suffered through enough Godzilla and Spiderman movies!!!
The List ¿ Steve Martini
Abby, a successful lawyer in her own right, but unhappy. She longs to become a writer. Her passion is the novel she¿s slaved two years over. She knows it is a winner, however, even as a lawyer, she is ¿shy¿ and doesn¿t want the limelight that comes with a success. Abby heirs a stand in, the handsome Jack to pretend he is the author of this book and all of it¿s glory. How will success change Abby¿s life, how will the pretence change Jacks, how will the charade change those around her? In this gripping twist of fate and friendship, you will travel, and be swept away by the unknown and learn that people aren¿t always who they seem to be and money can become your biggest enemy.
I liked this book, however, it become a bit drawn out. A little more then half way through I was ready for it to make it¿s point and move on. But I¿m glad I stuck it out, the end is amazing. The entire story you know ¿who done it¿ and then¿surprise¿just watch your back.
This book was from an extraordianry realm. It was of great perspectives, therefore making the book a great read and one of entertainment for many people. The details were clear to me and I couldn't put it down!
This was the first Steve Martini book I've read. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the ending. Not at all what I expected. The way it was written almost made it feel like I was right there. I'll read more of Martini's books.
I thought it was a great book. I haven't read any of Martini's books, but I'm willing to after reading this one. I liked the sudden turning point in the book. I was confused about who 'did it.' I recommend this this book.
Outstanding, seductive and with the great ending.
It was a little hard to get into but it had a suprise ending that was just amazing!