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The List

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  12,108 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
Gable Cooper has penned a novel worth six million dollars. But he doesn't exist. Abby Chandlis is lawyer-turned-novelist and the creator of Gable Cooper. She is looking for a charismatic man to pose as the author of her knock-dead thriller.

When Jack Jermaine enters her life, Abby is convinced that his charm and good looks will clinch success for her novel, so they make a d
Published November 13th 1997 by Feature (first published February 10th 1997)
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Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Totally not his best. Not even close to his best. Not that Martini's all that hot, but at least his other books aren't so trite. I would have put it down but I had nothing else to read. It's an intriguing idea that turns stupid, fast. If the main character is so smart, how come she makes so many lame brained mistakes. You know how you're watching a horror movie and you start getting mad at the main character because they don't turn the lights on, or call the cops, or do something that demonstrat ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Rarely do I have enough ambition to summarize the books I read, and I don’t like to give away the plot, but this time I’m making an exception. Why? Because this book sucked so bad! Do I need to give a disclaimer? Okay, I will. This is simply my opinion. Mr. Martini can certainly write a book better than me. Absolutely. No doubt. Okay?
Mike Cliffe
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars.
This was my first Martini book and according to a lot of people this is “not one of Steve Martini’s best books.” If that is the case, I might have to start reading some more of his works because this was quite entertaining.
We start with a prologue of Abby Chandlis aboard a cargo ship hiding from two guys who are trying to kill her. We don’t know who they are or why they are trying to kill her, but we know it has something to do with copyright paperwork. Abby is looking for her friend
Bridgette Redman
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you ready to publish that novel of yours? You know, the one that’s headed straight for the bestseller list as soon as you can convince a publisher of your genius? Well, take some tips from Mr. Steve Martini and his novel The List. Here are his 10 ways to make the top 10 bestseller list:

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
It was better than I thought it would be, although there is a leering interest in big busted young women in short skirts, and an easy acceptance of violence. But the energy between main characters Abby and Jack is good. I think that characters lived up to their particular slot in the book whether wife beating drunk or always looking out for #1 small potatoes criminal lawyer or clever psychopathic killer.
The story goes like this; Abby works as a lawyer during the day, her time off is spent writin
Sep 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash, thriller
Maybe it's unfair to count this book as read and rate it when I didn't come close to finishing it, but when I don't finish a book that means it's beyond bad. I finished Twilight. I couldn't keep reading The List.

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
Read Ng
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, thriller
I liked this story, but for all the wrong reasons. The suspense portion was pretty weak. I just did not feel it to be very compelling. There wasn't enough fear build up to the end. The characters were not all that interesting. I did not have any sympathy for the villain. A good story at least gets you to feel something.

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
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-2016_goal-33
When I began this book I had no idea or preconceptions to what the title was referring. However, it did not lake long before that became clear and book quickly developed into a quick, fast paced page turner.

It is an entertaining book about the entertainment industry (media). The interesting thing about this book is that the plot is!

My second Steve Martini book....and I will be seeking more.
Maria Gad
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Before, I read the book , I thought it would be entertaining, the idea is somehow new,if it wasn't for the fast twist in the end, I would have given it 2,,, some details , I wasnt convinced by, the most important that not all successful book authors are beautiful,,, the word "ass" was repeated in nearly every page , also there was some sex content.
Jul 25, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Blech. This was the first Steve Martini book I'd ever read, and it will also be the last. Poorly drawn characters, mocking cliched literary tropes while simultaneously writing them, and a ridiculous "twist" ending.

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.
Apr 05, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My worst enemy
This book was a total stinker. I found it in the garbage, where it belonged, with a handwritten message on a piece of notebook paper inside that said part of the book took place on St. Croix, which is where I am right now. For the hell of it, and for lack of better reading material, I gave it a shot. Oh, for shame.
Alice Harbin
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
About the “seductive world of entertainment.” A lawyer turned writer conspires to outwit the big guys. I found the first 95 pgs slow, and the plot confused by the many characters that I found difficult to separate. When he starts getting very graphic about horrific spouse abuse, I quit.
I liked this book at first. Then, I hated it and couldn't wait for it to end. Then I liked it again for another 50 pages. Finally, I hated it and was glad it ended.
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story. The only complaint I have is the author refers to characters by both first or last names, sometimes in the same paragraph. It was difficult to keep them straight.
Andrew Langert
I had high hopes for this book, but was sorely disappointed. I had read one other book (Double Tap) by this author and gave it a 4-star rating. With this book, The List, set in the entertainment industry, it seemed like this had the possibility of being a great book.
The book is about a female lawyer-author whose published works under her own name were all flops. So she decided to write a book from a male point of view and use a pseudonym. Further, she decides to hire an actor to play the part of
Susannah Carleton
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars. A fabulous story of a woman attorney, Abby, who writes a blockbuster novel, under a male pseudonym, that garners serious interest from a publisher and from movie makers and a big-name actor. Finding someone to play the role of the author is her first challenge, but not an easy or uneventful one. When a friend who is living with her to escape an abusive ex-husband is killed, Abby blames the woman's ex-husband, but then he is found dead. With the novel sold for a record-setting price, ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time I've read this author. May have gotten a little carried away with the rating of 5 stars because I just finished the book but the ending was really action packed.

To be honest, there were parts of the book which dragged a bit. Still, I plan to read others by the author.

The book is almost 20 years old and I found it in the back of my bookcase, all dusty and forlorn. I've been trying to read at least one book from my "unread" bookcase for every newer digital read I finish. I'm finding s
Donn Lorber
Weird plot line about authors and best seller lists. Not great, I couldn’t find an interest
Cheryl Aradas
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately this is the first time I put a book away without finishing it. It was definitely not my cup of tea. I wish I would have read some of the reviews prior to buying it.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read. A female author uses an alias and the rest is not pretty.
Raquel Fitzgerald
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The List unearths the publishing industry's dirty secrets. Look out because the skeletons are jumping out the closet!
Jerry B
Non-courtroom Martini a little "dry" despite "twist" at end!

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
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Campbell
English 1-A, period 1
Mrs. Kuehl
12 October 2015
The book I read for this assignment is called The List by Steve Martini. I chose this book because I got it from my cousin. And I’ve always been too young to read it cause its so long and confusing like most adult books. I’ve had this book for 3 years and so excited to read this book.
This book is about an author who is in his late thirties, he in very good shape, and based on what the woman in the story say about him, they think he’
Jan Derksen
Jul 12, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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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Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Не знам какво да кажа. Възможно най-динамичен и овъртян трилър-сюжет и възможно най-слабото изпълнение като литература. Книга, която четеш и се ядосваш на безумно плоските образи, на слабите диалози, на изсмуканите от пръстите любовни сцени и екшън-гонитби, на тоновете клишета, а в същото време ти се иска да стигнеш до развръзката, защото сюжетът е интересен, по дяволите! И се развива на фона на една доста реалистично звучаща картина на издателския бизнес. Впрочем, ако изобщо в книгата има силна ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good vacation book

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
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, action, thriller
Thriller - The title refers to the New York Times bestseller list, which Seattle lawyer and literary novelist Abby Chandlis hopes to climb with her novel. Abby's experience, however, has made her distrust publishers. She believes that her new book will get the recognition it deserves only if it's associated with a handsome male face. So she's marketing it under the pseudonym of "Gable Cooper" and winds up striking a deal with Jack Jermaine, elder son of a military family, to pose as the hunky wr ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book expecting mediocrity; a formula based thriller like any other, but the ending completely took me by surprise.

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
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very suspenseful book, although it took a very LONGGG time to get into it. The main character visits Old San Juan and talks about the cruise ships that dock there. I was in one of those cruise ships not long ago...although I can't say I liked it as much as the author does.

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
Lisa Temple
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller Lovers - 18+
Steve Martini is one of my 2nd tier authors that probably deserves to be 1st tier. Grisham, Baldacci - even Clancy (despite years of waiting for another Hunt for Red October) - all occupy top shelf status, yet in reality, Martini has been every bit as consistent in producing solid thrillers as any of the aforementioned hit makers.

"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
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Martini's first career was in journalism. He worked as a newspaper reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the largest legal newspaper in the country covering the state, the local courts and the civic center beat. In 1970 he became the newspaper’s first correspondent at the State Capitol in Sacramento and later its bureau chief. There he specialized in legal and political coverage. During this ...more
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