I started reading the book because I thought it might be like a John Grisham book. Maybe Steve Martini is like him in one way, in that half his books are disgusting and the other half are brilliant, but I wouldn't give him the second chance to find out. It comes across as amateur when s ...more
1. Write according to formula.
2. Create a new genre.
3. Hide any previous published works that didn’t make the bestseller list.
4. Hire a good-looking model.
5. Choose a sexy pen name.
6. Make up a bio filled with ...more
Also, writing a novel about the publishing industry that laments the attention paid to specific real-world writers just makes you sound jealous, Mr. Martini.
What I really liked were the book publishing insights. Why books are marketed the way that they are was interesting. I complain about too many books marketed as trilogies, but thi ...more
Abby Chandlis has written a novel for the ages, now all she needs is a ruggedly handsome man to pose as the author. She teams up with Jack Jermaine who smells like trouble from the get go. Meanwhile, every lowlife troublemaker Abby has ever come in contact with makes an appearance to try and cut their own slice out of the success pie. Naturally, chaos ensues.
This nov ...more
Written in the wake of the Milli Vanilli music scandal , Steve Martini's The List features an unsuccessful female author (Abby Chandlis) who has written a book that under a male pen name (Gable Cooper) in order to make the book more marketable.
So far, no big deal. Lots of authors use pen names. Several female romance authors have used pen names to write detective books and thrillers. In this case, the author actually hires a person to portray himself as the real Gable Cooper ...more
We have yet to try Martini's acclaimed defense attorney Paul Madriani series; like his first book, The Simeon Chamber, this one is a thriller with the lead character a lawyer, but little or no lawyering goes on. Instead, a prologue sets the stage for the danger-laced tale of Abby Chandlis, a published but obscure part-time author/lawyer, who somehow writes what she knows might be a best seller. Most of the book is about her earning mil ...more
Not done yet...almost though
I’m not exactly sure how I really feel about this book. It was definitely full of suspense. Good story. But, it was missing something. I can’t put my finger on it. The story is about a woman who wri ...more
Een onthutsende blik op de intriges en gewetenloze manipulaties in de uitgeverswereld
Abby Chandlis heeft een gewaagd plan bedacht om haar schrijverscarriere nieuw leven in te blazen. Tegen beter weten in beslist Abby dat Jack Jermaine de juiste persoon is om een succes te maken van haar roman. Ze vermoedt niet dat ze daarmee een pact met de duivel sluit en een keten van angstaanjagende gebeurtenissen in gang zet...
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"The List" is one of those good solid hits. After writing what she is sure is a best seller, attorney and author, Abby Chandlis, decides to do the unthinkable by "creat ...more
He has better books, pass this one by unless you really need to read all Mr. Martini has done.
I was leery of reading a Steve Martini book that didn't involve Paul Madriani. I guess that's how I missed this when it first came out.
This is a story that starts off slow, but builds to some great anticipatory scenes. There is a good bit of confusion, but since it's somewhat of a mystery, confusion reigns.
I did enjoy the book, but I hope Steve stays with Madriani novels.
Anyway, I was expecting something a bit more b-grade for some reason....possibly the cover, ha. Although I guess this is more of a 3 and a half star, than a 4.
It moves along at a good pace, and it kept me guessing to the end. It gives hints to who the baddy might be. There were only a couple of dumb things that happens, which I consider to be sloppy writing. Possible spoiler - If you are being absolutely anal about locking ...more
a actor to play the part of the author. The friend agrees to do all the legal paperwork.
She hires her "Gable Cooper" and her friend gets murder, also her friends ex-husband gets murdered, and then she is also almost murdered. Who dun it....when she finds h ...more
The only problem is that he doesn't exist. The real author, lawyer, Abby Chandlis, thought a good-looking male writer would ensure the book's success. This is like Dr Frankenstein creating his monster. Abby creates her own nightmare and there is nothing in the legal system that will stop her creation from taking on a life of his own.
And taking hers in the process.
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"