How to Sell

How to Sell

by Clancy Martin
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How to Sell by Clancy Martin

Bobby Clark is just sixteen when he drops out of school to follow his big brother, Jim, into the jewelry business. Bobby idolizes Jim and is in awe of Jim's girlfriend, Lisa, the best saleswoman at the Fort Worth Deluxe Diamond Exchange.

What follows is the story of a young man's education in two of the oldest human passions, love and money. Skilled at the art of persuasion, Bobby is drawn to Lisa, but also to the myriad scams and frauds of the jewelry trade, where the power to appraise also means the power to bait and switch and cheat like hell. Clancy Martin's gripping debut novel takes us behind the counter, where diamonds and watches aren't the only precious commodity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312429645
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Clancy Martin worked for many years in the fine jewelry business. He is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri. He has translated works by Friedrich Nietzsche and Søren Kierkegaard and is currently at work on a translation of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil.

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How to Sell 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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I loved this book it was very detailed
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Andrew_Shaffer More than 1 year ago
This is not your average crime/heist novel. Yes, there are seedy criminals, and yes, seedy behavior galore, but the plot meanders in the tradition of the best literary fiction novels. If you regularly read crime novels (Elmore Leonard, Robert Parker), you will most likely be disappointed at the lack o0f plot waiting for you in "How to Sell." Instead, this is character-driven fiction at its finest. Is it "The Great Gatsby" of the early 21st-century, as Bookmarks Magazine claims? Perhaps. The book it most reminded me of, however, was Denis Johnson's "Jesus' Son." Like that book, "How to Sell" draws a lot from its author's own life -- how much, we'll never know. But if you enjoy "How to Sell," definitely hunt down some of the interviews online that Clancy Martin did for its release...his life story is pretty amazing.
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BlackyTux More than 1 year ago
Can't recommend this book at all. Only finished it because I was hoping for it to get better.
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