Buzz Monkey by Sam Hill
A Novel of Crime

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Top Kiernan has been doing all right. He owns Polymath, a thriving research firm which he runs from his home—the 1930s-era schoolhouse he’s renovating just outside of Athens, Georgia. He’s got a bedroom in a basketball court, a handful of flannel shirts, and a splendid collection of tops. He also has a serious habit: Top is addicted to the adrenaline buzz of danger, though periodic perilous errands to Latin America for Shaw’s Mercantile help him handle that. Only now Top’s long-best friend, Dee Lane, has disappeared with a fortune that belongs to Atlanta drug lord Raoul Menes. And in Buzz Monkey’s shifty world of hazardous secrets and hostile camps, Top finds himself the target not merely of Menes but also of ambitious DEA agents, a retired IRA assassin and his heavily armedaughter, a gang of meth-cooking rednecks, an urbane CIA recruiter, and two hired killers in sharkskin suits because everyone thinks Dee left the money with him. Top knows he is working against time and it’s going to take more than adrenaline to survive the maneuvers of all the players in the dangerous game that this deftly plotted debut novel brings unpredictably to a stunning, just, and explosive finish.

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Sam Hill is cofounder of the Helios Consulting Group, which helps top management solve complex marketing problems. With almost twenty years' experience working on marketing issues for leading corporations around the world, he was previously a partner with and Chief Marketing Officer of Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Vice-Chairman of DMB&B, a top twenty global advertising agency. His work has appeared in the "Harvard Business Review, Strategy & Business, Fortune, " and the "Financial Times." He lives with his wife and two children in Winnetka, Illinois. Glenn Rifkin is a veteran business journalist who has written extensively for the "New York Times." He is the co-author of "The Ultimate Entrepreneur: The Story of Ken Olsen and Digital Equipment Corporation" and has also contributed to the "Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, " the "Boston Globe, Forbes, ASAP, " and "Strategy & Business." He is currently a senior editor with Knowledge Universe Publishing. He lives with his son in Acton, Massachusetts.
Published July 23, 2003 by Carroll & Graf. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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But his hand is forced when Gillie Lynfield, the ex-lover and ex-partner he tossed out of his bed and his company, sets up her own rival firm, lures half his clients and a third of his employees away, and vows to confiscate the beloved school building that’s home to Polymath, Inc.

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Menes’s latest deal with Top’s old friend Dee Lane, who ordinarily sticks to the straight and narrow as a dope smuggler, has disappeared, leaving Menes with no money, no product, and a red face.

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When his best friend, Dee Lane, a dealer in contraband, disappears, a drug baron to whom Dee owes money thinks Top can locate Dee or at least the cash.

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Now he is on a deadline to find the money, keep his company, survive, keep his friends alive and work on the adrenaline problem.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Sam Hill's debut novel BUZZ MONKEY was rather fun, but there are some second outing problems with BUZZ RIFF.

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If you can overlook one or two glitches (the whodunit is signposted a long way off, and would a man with two dodgy knees really be a top mercenary?), BUZZ MONKEY is a cracking debut.

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