Thump

Thump

by Avraham Azrieli

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Thump by Avraham Azrieli

“Stirring and dramatic ... a unique look at sexual harassment. [An] unflinching and unapologetic ... story of corporate corruption and impropriety ... delves into the gritty reality of inner office liaisons. “Thump” is thought provoking and poignant long after the last page turns. I highly recommend it!” T. Staley, Penn Book Review.

“There is something captivating when we mix spicy sex, lust, greed, and a protagonist that acts with such abandon as long as the end justifies the means. Well-paced plot ... a thoughtful and gripping narrative ... never a dull moment ... highly entertaining.” The Examiner

"A well-written, attention-grabbing courtroom room drama about sexual harassment and the persistence of racism. Engaging ... realistic ... honest ... provocative [as] the typical roles in a sexual harassment case are reversed. [It] builds to a climax that rivals other mainstream authors in this genre. This is the kind of book you cannot put down until you figure out the resolution." Jason Lolus, Pacific Book Review.

T.M. Jefferson (“Thump”), a handsome African American man, joined a venerable investment firm in Baltimore five years ago as a junior analyst. Henrietta Kingman, a white partner in her fifties, took him on as her lover and protégé, rewarding him with promotions and bonuses. But when Thump falls in love with a young nurse and attempts to end the relationship with Kingman, she fights back with unbridled viciousness. Faced with losing everything he holds dear, Thump files a lawsuit claiming sexual harassment. The dramatic trial cracks the facade of wealth and privilege, exposing the ugly truth – and then some.

Thump is a unique character in several ways: He is an inner-city black kid who has made it in a white-collar profession; he is a black man who works in a white men's business and is sexually used by an white female boss; and, most unusually, he is a man who dares to sue for sexual harassment. This story not only turns sexual harassment on its gender head, but also charges it with intense racial acrimony.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045604710
Publisher: Avraham Azrieli
Publication date: 01/24/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 276 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Avraham Azrieli, a graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City, tried many complex court cases before publishing his first novel, The Masada Complex (a political thriller) in 2010. A full-time author since then, his other books include the Israeli spy novels The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as Christmas for Joshua (a family drama dealing with interfaith conflicts), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism) and The Bootstrap Ultimatum headshot(a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). He also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash (a guide to dealing with lawyers) and One Step Ahead (a WWII biography, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing). Avraham grew up in Israel, where he received extensive Talmudic education, served as an intelligence officer and, after attending law school, clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Residing primarily in the United States since 1990, he currently lives near Washington DC with his wife, a physician, and their four children. Like Ben Teller, the protagonist in The Mormon Candidate and The Bootstrap Ultimatum, Avraham often rides his motorcycle in the mountainous forests of western Maryland. www.AzrieliBooks.com

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Thump 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
katiegracehunter More than 1 year ago
I’ve read a bunch of Avraham Azrieli’s novels, and have enjoyed them all.   Recently my husband and I both finished Thump.   My husband is an atty so I had him read it too thinking he’d enjoy the legal tale that I’d enjoyed so much.  He agreed with my thoughts on the book.  All of Azrieli’s novels have characters that are very well developed, Thump is no exception.   This book touches on so many issues; it really has something for everyone.  This is the perfect twist on the theme of sexual harassment in the workplace as the “harassed” is a man trading sexual favors for benefits within the firm and to attract clients.   I’d highly recommend this read!  
Kte5432 More than 1 year ago
An intriguing thought provoking story that causes the reader to examine the roles that race, socioeconomic class, and gender play as a young black man working as a financial adviser is involved in a number of unethical situations in the workplace with older white women.   While the topic and characters were very different from Azrieli’s other novels, this is written in the same captivating manner.  Each character is incredibly well developed, and you learn the history that has shaped them. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book – great read. Super suspenseful and hard to put down. I became really intrigued with the characters very quickly and never lost interest. Very provocative and well written. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Azrieli really knows how to captivate an audience.  This novel is great because it is realistic and covers a lot of topics in a simple plot. The development of the main character leaves it open for you to choose whether to feel good or badly for him when he's presented with problems. He's more of an anti-hero to me. The book serves as a reminder that the truth is always eventually revealed. And sleeping to the top can just as quickly land you on the bottom. Azreili is a great writer with novels in varied topics. All are great relaxing weekend reads. I did not mark this one with enough stars for "exceptional" only because I enjoyed some of his other works more. He is his own competition. ~DL
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In the shady world of sexual harassment in the workplace, a man called Thump is not exactly someone you would perceive as ever being a victim of such a criminal, horrific act. However, Thump is most definitely the one under the boss’s...thumb, not to mention clients who are needed by the rich investment firm of KKG. One of these very rich partners in the firm utilizes Thump to bring clients and their exorbitant wealth through the doors, using far more than just his pleasant personality. T.M. Jefferson was nicknamed ‘Thump’ back in his school years. A stunningly handsome African American male, Thump has worked extremely hard to build a life. He is able to not only climb the ladder of success, but he uses his wit, intelligence and understanding of people to pole-vault the steps of the ladder to reach the top. An older woman, a partner in the firm of KKG, knows exactly what Thump can provide. Oddly enough, she even has a solid reason in her own mind and in her background as to why Thump needs to not only be a junior player in the firm working underneath her instruction, but also why he must do her bidding when it comes to giving out sexual favors. Thump is now engaged. But before he proposed, some of the ‘questionable’ favors he was asked to do or, more rightly, told to do in order to attain rich widows, etc., didn’t seem so bad, considering the promotions and bonuses he received. However, when Thump is offered the opportunity to rise to the top of the firm by putting together a very important presentation to keep KKG’s biggest client on board, he attempts to leave his playboy protégé status behind and stand on his own two feet. Thump soon realizes that walking away from such a deviant lifestyle is not so easy, particularly when his mentor turns on him and a great future turns into a solid nightmare. Meeting up with an attorney who used to sit in the judge’s chair before she got embroiled in a mess regarding racial issues that caused her to fall from grace, Thump brings a heavy-duty lawsuit against KKG. He must find a way to convince the world that, even though he owns guilt for things he’s done, he is far more innocent than his employers are in the eyes of the law. Thump is a fantastically in-depth, yet always entertaining and fast-moving novel. This author is to be commended for bringing to the table many subjects people still avoid speaking about in 2014. From female bosses versus the ‘good, old boys’; to the race wars that are not black and white, the author makes all readers think, and perhaps even change their minds, as they become engrossed in a story that shows the best and worst of all sides of humanity. Quill says: This is a captivating read that all legal thriller lovers will enjoy immensely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the story starts, we are introduced to T.M. Jefferson, aka Thump, and his beautiful girlfriend,Tiffany. They seem like a very happy, young couple in love. She is a nurse and he works at the investment firm, KKG...working his way to the top. One of the senior partners in the firm, Henrietta Kingman, uses Thump to gain clients. He's a nice looking guy and the women certainly see that. It's a pretty fine line when you read how vulnerable someone is and how sometimes they feel there is no other way to get to the top. Even when they change their mind and try to live right, it's an eye opener to see how, possibly, this is what goes on in behind office doors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Impressive! Just an awesome creation by Avraham. The suspense throughout the story left me feel so excited. It's a page turner! The sexy plot line, drama, reality - all blended superbly till the end. The story of a young black man who works for a prominent investment firm is nicely plotted here. The sexual harassment directed at him from his powerful white boss and the surroundings are organized in an awesome way.  However, I am really surprised through the writing. It is fast paced story where characters are nicely developed. Avraham did an incredible job, I'm pleased. All suspense lover should taste 'Thump' and hope, none will remain unsatisfied.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Thump” is an entertaining fictional courtroom drama with a unique slant that delves into what exactly sexual harassment is, who it applies to, and how we usually define it in our culture.  As the novel begins, T.M. “Thump” Jefferson is on top of the world—he has a beautiful and loving girlfriend, a successful career with one of the biggest investment management companies, and he’s even good-looking and generous to the homeless. However, part of how he rose to the top is engaging in affairs with his female clients—and when he tries to stay true to Tiffany and cut off his sexual ties with others, he finds himself without a job and filing a suit for sexual harassment.  “Thump” has a good, fast pace to it, with suspense rising not only from Thump’s relationship with Tiffany but also the court scenes (and you can tell the author took the time to research that thoroughly). Thump is a likeable character as well—charismatic and kind, even though his decisions to sleep with clients to get ahead makes him a bit morally questionable. However, given how he’s treated by others—like a toy, or “less than” merely because he’s not white—the book also spurs an intelligent dialogue about what you have to do to get ahead in some circumstances, and also if generally society is too narrow in its view of what is and is not sexual harassment. Henrietta Kingman is a formidable, unexpected villain, with Judge O’Connor becoming an interesting, complex hero figure as well. Recommended to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction (especially courtroom dramas) that not only entertain but also push you to think more deeply about certain issues. 
LHCollinsLH More than 1 year ago
What I loved about this book was that it had a hard yet sexy edge to it that delved into some hard hitting issues and left me feeling as if I'd been thoroughly entertained. The author  has a gift for weaving a story that is filled with emotion, action, drama, suspense and intrigue. Thump is a story that is rife with tension, from racially charged commentary to insights into office sex, harassment and discrimination. With a clear aim to not only make the novel enjoyable, but to start conversations about the delicate subjects explored in the book... this was an exceptionally engaging novel that had me eagerly flipping from one page to the next until the very satisfying end. 
SRye More than 1 year ago
Legal thriller about high finance, sexual harassment and racism (not necessarily in that order). The main character, Thump, is a handsome and ambitious black man working his way up in an exclusive, lily-white investment firm. But much of his ladder-climbing is the result of his ability to play the stud to his boss...to prospective clients... to rich widows. The raunchy opening, however, widens into a realistic and absorbing character study after he brings a sexual harassment suit following his sudden firing. Enjoyable and well-written... highly recommend
Sharronica More than 1 year ago
This is definitely the sauciest of Avrieli’s novels. It’s a whirlwind tale of sex, race, racism, the law, infidelity and the workplace. This book takes a very different tone from his other writing and sheds an interesting light on sexual harassment when the tables are turned. The sordid tale makes you wonder what kind of corruption is going in offices across the country. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avraham Azrieli does it again with the addition of "Thump" to his pantheon of literary works. This book is exciting and keeps you interested from start to finish. Azrieli always creates unique characters and epic plot twists. This book is a must read. I highly recommend it.
LisaR6200 More than 1 year ago
But definitely not for the faint of heart and not for a high school literature class! Thump is another fast paced novel by Azrieli that hooks you in the beginning and takes you on a heart stopping thrill ride until the end. Thump explores the dirty little secrets of a investment firm that wants to appear more diverse by hiring a black associate but then uses his "gifts" to entertain rich female clients and partners. He plays along and reaps the rewards until his attempts to honor a vow to his fiance results in a backlash that he did not expect. The ensuing trial and unmasking of the firm will keep you on your the edge of your seat until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thump is about a young black man trying to work his way up in a predominantly white company where his employment is tied to his willingness to trade sex for favors with his female boss as well as her prospective clients. It's a plot line that has been written over and over about women but rarely about a man, especially a man that would appear to be strong and powerful. The ensuing court drama that results when he refuses to continue sleeping with the boss highlight the anguish and embarrassment he faces as a victim that doesn't look like anybody's victim. The story takes you very much into the mind of the lead character, and through his realization that he's got very few options and none of them appealing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
  "Thump" by Avraham Azrieli is another captivating novel, this time covering issues which sometimes are hidden away behind closed  doors or are flaring up like the festering sores that they are. The main character,  Thurgood Marshal Jefferson, 'Thump', naively gets into  a situation fresh out of Grad school that for a young upwardly mobile man seems great, but takes years and a lot of pain and anguish to  finally get out of. KKG, a gleaming bastion of American Capitalism has had a deep dark secret hidden inside that is the cancer which  could tear it down, figuratively and literally.  "Thump" is a social commentary on harassment, both sexual and racial.  "Thump" does a  great job bringing out the feelings and frustrations experienced by people embroiled in these issues.  I think my favorite character in this  brief novel is O'connor.  A self-defrocked Judge representing Mr. Jefferson in his suit against KKG.  You love to hate her and then find  out she is probably one of the strongest characters in the book.  Her background in the book is almost beyond belief, but it works in the  plot.  Again, I think my biggest complaint for Mr. Azrieli's novel is that it was too short.  I love his writing and the way he pulls me and and  gets me involved in the plot, I just wish they were longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT book. I love this writer!! Im a fan of Mr. Avraham Azrieli, I believe this book is well done, good pace, it keeps my attention beginning to ending. I have read all his books and what I like the most is that this one is also unique, the way he tells the story is entertained and wise. THUMP is a excellent option for any kind of readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great novel, I enjoyed it from start to finish! The plot is easy to follow and entertaining. Some of the material is probably R-rated, so it is definitely not a children's read, but from around 15 and up, a great and worthwhile read! It is obvious that there was some definite research involved, and thus makes the read that much more enjoyable. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This read is all around a great addition to my reading list. This is my second by this author and although far different from Christmas for Joshua, it has the same heart-warming truth be told storyline. It is both heart wrenching, funny, naught, and serious at times it needs to be. The antagonist of the book is downright amusing, Kingsman is by far the most amazing character I've come accross in a while. Get prepared to have a courtroom twister.  Brings in indecision and worldy views about the ever so controversial racism card, stereotypes of job categories, sexism, and bias of workplace etiquette. From the religious outspoken mother, to the problems that come with dating and marriage. Here is the real New York City Coporate world.