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The Dismantling

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Plume
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May 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A unique controversial tangled narrative full of suspense. The plot is plausible leaving you questioning ethics, the desperation of people, the abuse a body takes specifically of athletes. Engaging characters. A literary patchwork of genres – mystery, thriller. A story addressing guilt, revenge and redemption. Compelling, a ferocious page turner from beginning to end. For every action there is a reaction, if you’re partaking in questionable dealings beware of those involved and the fallout.
Mark Rubinstein
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dismantling, by Brian DeLeeuw is a novel about a medical school dropout, Simon Worth, a young man with a troubled past filled with loss, regret and guilt. He's now involved in the black market brokering of human organs. He's tasked with finding a match for a depressed ex-NFL player who has a serious drinking problem. He thinks he's found the perfect donor in Maria Campos, a damaged young woman with terrible secrets.Things go wrong, and the novel moves at propulsive speed. Part thriller and p ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian DeLeeuw's novel The Dismantling has some topical elements in its plot- injuries suffered by NFL players, the lack of available organs for those needing a transplant- and combines them with a young man trying to come to terms with the loss of his younger sister years ago and a woman with a mysterious past into a fast-paced thriller that also makes you think.

We meet Simon, a twenty-five year-old man who has dropped out of medical school but has yet to tell his father. His friend hooks him up
Sandy S
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars--

About the book: Release Date April 28, 2015

Twenty-five-year-old med school dropout Simon Worth is an organ broker, buying kidneys and livers from cash-strapped donors and selling them to recipients whose time on the waitlist is running out. When a seemingly straightforward liver transplant has an unexpectedly dangerous outcome, Simon finds himself on the run. In order to survive, he must put aside his better moral judgment and place his trust in a stranger who has a shocking secret.


Lori L (She Treads Softly)
The Dismantling by Brian DeLeeuw is a highly recommended suspense novel that explores the morality of several issues, including organ trafficking.

Simon Worth has dropped out of medical school and found himself an ethically questionable position with Health Solutions, an organ brokerage company run by Peter DaSilva. Health Solutions basically buys kidneys and livers from cash-strapped "donors" for those in need of a transplant who can afford their services. It's Simon's job to discreetly match do
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting premise with a storyline that intrigued me from the first few pages. While there are some gems from this novel (i.e. character struggle with past trauma, the morally muddled situation of organ donation), it was hard for me to connect with Simon and the female characters in the book. (view spoiler) ...more
Originally published at Reading Reality

There are a lot of things that get dismantled in this suspense thriller. A career, a life or two, a criminal enterprise and a cadaver.

It all starts with the cadaver. Medical school dropout Simon Worth dropped out over that cadaver. As he and his study group dissected the anonymous donor, he kept seeing the face of his dead sister in place of the corpse. He couldn’t take the nightmares, and he ran away.

That he still feels responsible for his sister’s death (
Interesting premise. Good plot lines.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
The Dismantling got me thinking about the lengths people go to for money. How much is one life worth? What would you be willing to do to survive. The lines between right and wrong get stretched and tested in this book. I just finished this book, but the story and its ethical questions have haunted me.

Simon just dropped out of med school. Haunted by images of his dead sister, he could no longer do the things required to finish school. When a colleague offers him an opportunity to put his knowledg
Jessica Higgins
A high stakes thriller that wants to know how much of yourself are you willing to sell, for whatever the reason may be.

Twenty-five year old Simon Worth is a medical school dropout who has now taken to a career as an organ broker, buying kidneys, livers and other organs from people in desperate need of cash and selling them to a recipient in even greater need of the organ. The recipient is someone willing to pay an enormous amount of money for the organ, the cost of the transplant and the amount
Victor Gentile
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brian DeLeeuw in his new book, “The Dismantling” published by Plume gives us an adventure with Simon Worth.

From the back cover: At twenty-five troubled med-school dropout Simon Worth is faced with the grim reality of failure and massive student loans. Haunted by the accidental death of his sister, he accepts a lucrative job at Health Solutions as a black market organ broker, arranging the sales of kidneys and livers from donors who need the money to recipients whose time on the transplant list i
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a sick person with cash and in need of a transplant, Health Solutions has the answer. They match donors in need of cash with recipients who can pay. Sure, it's illegal, but their clients are desperate enough not to care. And Health Solutions seemingly has everything in place to avoid being caught.

For Simon Worth, a med school dropout with no way of paying back his massive student loans, a job with Health Solutions means quick and easy cash. But when his latest match - a liver transplant for

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This is a fast read story that is thought provoking, action packed, with twists and turns that keep the reader spell bound. A movie could be definitely in the making.

The story is narrated by Simon, a 25 year old medical school dropout. He lost his mother as a young child and his sister to drowning. He had not told his father that he had dropped out of school when a friend got him a job with an undercover company that sets
Mar 18, 2015 added it
The National Organ Transplant Act (Public Law 98-507) makes it illegal to sell human organs and tissues in the United States. However, this hasn’t stopped Peter DaSilva, who runs Health Solutions. Health Solutions on the surface looks like a company who helps organ donors and recipients find each other – all above board. What Health Solutions really does is organ brokerage – they find those willing to donate organs/tissue for a price. In THE DISMANTLING, Simon Worth is one of the brokers working ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
The Dismantling is a novel that takes a while to get to the point. The synopsis, that there’s a organ donation gone wrong, has all the elements of a great fast paced thriller. Unfortunately, the characters are not really fleshed out enough in order to get behind their activities in this novel.

Simon is a young med school drop out who was given the job of a lifetime – setting up organ matches for large sums of money. With piling debts, the lure of cash is too much for his moral debate, and he suc
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audiobook
Obsessed with guilt over the death of his sister, Simon is unable to devote the concentration needed to succeed in medical school and eventually drops out. Faced with mounting debt from his school loans and his inability to tell his father he is broke and a failure, he accepts a high-paid but illegal job as an organ transplant broker. He is currently working with Maria, a liver donor in exchange for cash, guiding her through the process to make it all appear legitimate. Simon only needs a few mo ...more
Maggie Franz
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind and body share leading roles in this new psychological thriller from Brian DeLeeuw. At the heart of The Dismantling is a young man struggling to find his place and calling after the death of his younger sister. After dropping out of medical school, a friend finds him a lucrative, if not very distinctive job. Making good money Simon Worth is able to set his morality aside until the day he meets a new client face to face. Simon has found himself the broker of organs from young healthy donors, ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Several current ethical issues come together in this thriller. Simon could not save his sister from a drowning death and is haunted by how he handled that night. He drops out of medical school, lies to his father and finds himself working as an organ broker in a black market organization. Simon's role is to find willing donors who will sell their extra kidney or part of their liver - to those who can afford to buy their way to the top of a transplant list. Lenny is an alcoholic, ex-football play ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read, once again found on new books shelf at my library.

Simon is a med school drop out who has issues he has to deal with. In the mean time he signs on for being the public face of Health Solutions, a company trading in body parts, matching those who need them, and those who want to sell them. Rather a sinister way to earn your living, but Simon suspends any moral implications and gets on with the job. The wheels start to fall off when a liver transplant he has organised backfi
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is definitely one I want to write a review on, and I don't write that many reviews. I was intrigued to read this after my father in law's recent liver transplant. I normally wouldn't be interested in as much of a medical plot and detailed description of carving up a human cadaver but I hung on every word, this was so well written. I could relate to the characters despite their flaws. Ending a little disappointing but don't see how it could have gone otherwise.
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars... I felt like the bulk of my disappointment in this book lied in the what I found to be a very misleading a blurb. This was a good book but it was a slow journey. The "on the run" part was very short and at the very end. It was much more of a story than a thriller. I think if I had been expecting a story as apposed to something action-packed I would have enjoyed it more, because it was well-written with solid characters and storyline.
Apr 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really bummed I wasted my time on this book. I should have followed by 25% rule but the book was short so I stuck with it. It is not very well written-maybe a 7th grade level? The story is lacking much substance. I picked it because it sounded like an interesting twist on the topic but not impressed by the story telling. There is a sub-plot that doesn't make any sense and isn't relevant and there was no real conflict. Definitely pass on this one.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A high stakes tale that involves money and how far would you be willing to get it. What are you selling? Pieces of yourself.

It wouldn't surprise me if there were organizations out there that do exactly what is happening in this book. Of course the fallout and repercussions would be tremendous in real life as well. Kinda a semi-legal form of black market organ deals...
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This book had GREAT potential -- what is more fascinating than a black-market organ trade? I learned quite a bit about the processes involved. The story, however, got really unbelievable towards the latter half of the book, and that ruined the narrative for me. If you've read it, you know what I mean.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. It was somewhat disturbing at times given the subject matter, but overall I really enjoyed reading it. It held my attention and I think the moral dilemma gives a lot of food for thought and discussion. I'm definitely recommending it to my book club.
Premise never really lived up to the description on the cover. Thought it was a thriller but not really. The action was kinda slow and in the end, it all got resolved but to what satisfaction for the reader. Not something I would recommend but easy to read.
Alise (Read Write Repeat)
Read my full thoughts over at Read.Write.Repeat.

When the patients involved in an illegal liver transplant aren't exactly model citizens, things deteriorate quickly.
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Illegal organ transplants, NFL-damaged brains,
cycles of guilt and revenge.
This book covers a lot of ground,
some of it quite bloody, but has quite
a few obvious holes, many made by bullets.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story was very good, characters well developed. Narration was excellent.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not finish this book. It was way over dramatic and verbose.
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Brian DeLeeuw is an editor at Tin House magazine and a contributor to the website He received his BA from Princeton University and his MFA from The New School. He now lives in New York City, where he was born and raised.