Suicide should come with a warning label: "Do not try this alone."
If you truly need out and want the job done right, you should consider using an outside expert.
Eli Edelmann never intended on making a living through mercy killing. After reluctantly taking over his family's party supply store following his father's death, he is approached by a terminally ill family friend who's had enough. The friend, a retired policeman, has an intricate plan involving something Eli has ready access to - helium. Eli is initially shocked and repulsed by the proposal, but soon begins to soften his stance and, after much deliberation, eventually agrees to lend a hand.
It was supposed to be a one-time thing. How could Eli have known euthanasia was his true calling? And how long can he keep his daring underground "exit" operation going before the police or his volatile new girlfriend get wise?
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About the Author
When not busy writing, Greg enjoys thinking about writing, and spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys cooking, traveling and exercising, as well as freestyle rapping for his friends even when they don't do anything to deserve such mistreatment.
Greg was born in Huntington, New York in 1969, and then moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his family when he was six. He attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated summa cum laude in 1991 with a BA in Communication and a special concentration in Creative Writing.
Greg currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he is one of just 17 people who don't play a musical instrument or write songs. He is currently wanted by Austin authorities for refusing to eat pork ribs or dance the two-step.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Simply Superb. This was such an easy and enjoyable book to read. There’s a reason why so many readers have given Greg Levin 5 stars for his book, and that’s because it really is that good. It’s also nice to read something with a different and unique subject like assisted euthanasia. You can’t help but like Eli Edelmann, he’s more than a little bit floored, but that’s what we love about him. He definitely doesn’t have his life in order, but his heart is in the right place. There are laugh out loud moments, and times where I found myself reflecting. I really look forward to more from this Author in the future. Do yourself a favour and read this book, you won’t be disappointed.
THE EXIT MAN by Greg Levin ©2014 has crimes galore, but some you may find excusable. Eli Edelmann has an odd job: he assists suicides to a painless end. Other crimes occur but there’s no sleuth sifting clues to find a dastardly murderer, like traditional crime fiction. Told from the first person point of view, THE EXIT MAN is a fascinating, plausible tale. Eli Edelmann is a misfit: smart but lazy and not quite sure what to do with his life, until he falls into his new profession. We hear the patter of his thoughts, the tumble of amusing asides, self-consciousness and self-discovery. Juxtaposed with the gravity of serious illness. He slides seamlessly between each with a very engaging voice. The story is invigorating. Greg Levin uses the very best kind of humour: the only person Eli Edelmann pokes fun at is himself. And he does take a few jabs at the incomprehensibleness of our world. THE EXIT MAN is unique, moving and un-put-down-able.
The Exit Man I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received. So…Eli's kind of a loser. And he knows it. He really has nothing going for him – no friends, no girlfriend, no money, no job – he's spending his life studying to be a glass blower's assistant and it's really going nowhere. When his dad dies, he comes home to help his mom out. A conversation with an old family friend, though, opens a whole new life for him. And that conversation … is just the beginning. Wow! That is really all I can say. Wow! This is one of those 'If I could give higher than 5 stars, I would' books, a book that has won a place on my top 5 of 2014. Just.plain.wow! I always tell people that I write like I talk, talk like I think – and sometimes it's full of sarcasm and a little all over the place. It is so awesome to meet an author who is EXACTLY the same way – and it made this book so much fun. I love the way he writes – and the way Eli thinks throughout the whole story. I was hooked from the first page and reading of Eli's life as an "euthanasia specialist" was hilarious (and sometimes sad). Definitely a book everyone should add to their TBR list. Mr. Levin, I plan to read more of you. Favorite line (I had to narrow it down to two, which was VERY hard): "I'll spare you the full list of products and services; just know that if you ever need anything to help celebrate or commemorate a birthday, anniversary, graduation, homecoming, hiring, promotion, pregnancy, parole, bat mitzvah, bar mitzvah, bar exam, engagement, divorce, or Irish death, then you will almost certainly find it in our shop or catalog." "The basement in my parents' house had never been used for anything other than extra storage for Jubilee, though often doubled as an exhibit space for artful spiders. The intricate webs that spanned the rafters and occasionally ran from one cardboard box to another were a sight to behold."