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Totally Killer

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by Greg Olear
 

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“Smart, unexpected, and wonderfully savage in its humor. Totally Killer nails, without mercy, the mood and minutiae of a weary America at the end of the 20th century.”
—Brad Listi, author of Attention. Deficit. Disorder.

 

Debut novelist Greg Olear gets nostalgic for a recently bygone era with Totally

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“Smart, unexpected, and wonderfully savage in its humor. Totally Killer nails, without mercy, the mood and minutiae of a weary America at the end of the 20th century.”
—Brad Listi, author of Attention. Deficit. Disorder.

 

Debut novelist Greg Olear gets nostalgic for a recently bygone era with Totally Killer—a quirky, darkly funny, and fiendishly clever noirish tale of intrigue and suspense. The ’90s are back in this brilliant collision of conspiracy theory and pop culture that ingeniously blends assassination, politics, paranoia, Dick Cheney, CIA duplicity, and Duran Duran. The raves are already rolling in for this wonderfully twisted tale of an innocent and beautiful young Midwestern girl who finds a “totally killer” job through a most unusual employment agency in New York City. Jerry Stahl, bestselling author of Permanent Midnight, says, “The title doesn’t lie—Totally Killer truly is.”

Editorial Reviews

Jerry Stahl
“Greg Olear stands out as one of the few ‘New Voices’ in contemporary fiction whose writing actually deserves the moniker. The title doesn’t lie—Totally Killer truly is.”
Bruce DeSilva
“Lock Ted Bundy, Franz Kafka, and Terry Southern in a room with a typewriter and they might produce something like Totally Killer...This darkly comic, beautifully written tale of conspiracy, sex and obsession in 1990s New York City deserves a wide audience.”
Jonathan Evison
“Olear has created a veritable almanac of the 90s. Totally Killer is, well, totally killer. You’ll laugh. You’ll cringe. You’ll weep. You may even find yourself humming Whitney Houston.”
Brad Listi
“Smart, unexpected, and wonderfully savage in its humor. Totally Killer nails, without mercy, the mood and minutiae of a weary America at the end of the 20th century. Olear’s characters are perfectly emblematic of their times.”
Colleen Curran
“I totally loved Totally Killer. It’s American Psycho meets I Love the ’90s. It’s The Firm with an ironic, sexy twist. Flawless writing, funny, sweet, and thrilling, Totally Killer is a fast moving page-turner that had me hooked from the first page.”
Chronogram (Hudson Valley)
“… this wacky tale of capitalist aspirations run way beyond amok…[is] a dark, hilarious, and original fable, well worth reading.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061735295
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Jerry Stahl
“Greg Olear stands out as one of the few ‘New Voices’ in contemporary fiction whose writing actually deserves the moniker. The title doesn’t lie—Totally Killer truly is.”
Colleen Curran
“I totally loved Totally Killer. It’s American Psycho meets I Love the ’90s. It’s The Firm with an ironic, sexy twist. Flawless writing, funny, sweet, and thrilling, Totally Killer is a fast moving page-turner that had me hooked from the first page.”
Brad Listi
“Smart, unexpected, and wonderfully savage in its humor. Totally Killer nails, without mercy, the mood and minutiae of a weary America at the end of the 20th century. Olear’s characters are perfectly emblematic of their times.”
Bruce DeSilva
“Lock Ted Bundy, Franz Kafka, and Terry Southern in a room with a typewriter and they might produce something like Totally Killer...This darkly comic, beautifully written tale of conspiracy, sex and obsession in 1990s New York City deserves a wide audience.”
Jonathan Evison
“Olear has created a veritable almanac of the 90s. Totally Killer is, well, totally killer. You’ll laugh. You’ll cringe. You’ll weep. You may even find yourself humming Whitney Houston.”

Meet the Author

Greg Olearis the senior editor of the lit blog The Nervous Breakdown and the author of the novel Totally Killer. His work has appeared in therumpus.net, Babble.com,themillions.com, Chronogram, and Hudson Valley Magazine. A professor of creative writing at Manhattanville College, he lives with his family in New Paltz, New York.

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Totally Killer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending isn't what I was expecting when I started reading this book. Interesting story, and fun to read. This is a nice "filler" book for those of us who don't always have time to read epic novels!
Tanya_D More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day (Sat. April 3, 2010). I was browsing the aisles at my local Barnes & Noble when the cover got my attention. Once I opened it up and read the first chapter I was entertained, enthralled and intrigued throughout. Totally Killer is exactly what it says it's going to be - a knockout read. It's got great plot and interesting characters often making me feel nostalgic since many of the references made are in New York City. At times I felt myself sympathizing with Taylor Smith. Quick read ..... I truly loved this book ! AWESOME !
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lg4154 More than 1 year ago
Totally Killer Greg Olear Harper Collins 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022 www.harpercollins.com 978-0-06-173529-5, $13.99, 2009 This novel is about a murder that took place in 1991. The main character is Todd and he finds a roommate named Taylor Schmidt. As he gets more involved with Taylor, he starts to fall for her and finds her secret journals and starts reading them while she is gone. As luck would have it, he ends up losing his job because he keeps leaving work early. Taylor in the meantime, gets a temporary job thru Quid Pro Quo and suddenly meets an intriguing man named Asher Krug. Taylor quickly learns there is more to him than meets the eye and she soon finds out he is a hit man. As the novel progresses, Asher soon has Taylor participating in his "pink slip" operation, recruiting her to kill people. Eventually, Taylor has Todd join the ranks of this Quid Pro Quo. He soon finds out that Asher is targeting his former Supervisor, Donna Green. Todd literally flips out and feels he is backed into a corner by taking this job. By this time Taylor is hooked and acquires a thirst for killing. During one of the diary readings, Todd finds a passage that references Taylor possibly going to kill Todd. Eventually, Taylor finds her way back to the apartment in a drunken state and tells Todd that she and Asher broke up. The two finally get together and this kind of frightens Todd because he remembers what she put in the diary. Fearing for his life, Todd ends up shooting Taylor in the face. The lawyer tries to get to take a plea deal and Todd fells like Quid Pro Quo once again is not giving him a choice, making him do something he doesn't want to do. Todd becomes the fall guy for the players involved for this company. He even starts to question his own sanity when the lawyers suggest that Quid Pro Quo never existed. He gets the maximum sentence for this crime and ends up getting out when he is Forty three years old. This book was adorable and I loved the references to the Nineties, especially the songs and the clothing. The author made you feel like you were back in that time period. I would recommend this book to all young adults who grew up in this time period. This was a pleasant murder mystery and a very quick read.