The pay was good. The price was murder.
Ned Allen is a young, upwardly mobile ad salesman for a successful computer magazine. Several years into his career, he's confident that he's finally left his small-town roots behind, and that the sophisticated Manhattan world he covets is his forever. His wife, Lizzie, is also flourishing at a prestigious public relations firm. Life, it seems, is just where they want it - until Ned is faced with a seemingly clearcut moral choice that pulls the bottom out from under his feet.
Ned's company is sold and his world is suddenly turned upside down. Salvation appears in the unlikely form of an old high-school friend who is working for lack Ballantine, a former real estate tycoon with a shady past who has recently made a much-heralded comeback. When, against his better judgement, Ned accepts a job working for Ballantine's latest venture, an offshore private-equity fund, he tells himself it's just another job. But it turns out that Ballantine has other uses for Ned.
The Job, novel by Douglas Kennedy
Jean A. Vachon
Ottawa- Ned Allen is an upward-mobile salesman for a computer magazine... Married with Lizzie, his weakness, like a lot of people, is to spend too much for the amount he earns. Perpetually in wait of his bonuses, he works in constant tension.
Disaster strikes when his magazine is sold.
An offer of promotion turns out to be a false hope and he loses his job. A fellow colleague has tricked him... A fight ensues...
His wife questions his capacity to dialogue. All goes amiss. And then, his merit is recognized. He is offered a job that has the appearance of a promotion. But his new employer turns out to be dishonest and a blackmailer.
Will he be able to pay off his debts and regain the confidence and love of his wife?
Fast-paced incidents true to life masterly treated by the renowned author, Douglas Kennedy, maintain the interest of the reader from beginning to end.
In short, The Job, is a novel well-worth reading!
An enjoyable listen, but not my favorite of Kelnnedy's books. A long setup leading to a hurried predictable resolution and ending.
John Slattery's narration of this madcap story is excellent. He moves between the various voices with silken ease. Douglas Kennedy's story is compelling and hard to put on pause! Although this was an abridged version, I never felt like I wasn't getting the whole meat of the story.