Kill Your Darlings by Terence Blacker
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Gregory Keays is a writer whose brilliant future is behind him. Corroded with envy, Gregory watches as his contemporaries produce better work and live happier lives while he teaches community college composition classes and compiles books about other books. One day, Gregory is convinced, the world will recognize his talents. In the meantime, his marriage to a new-age feng shui artist has become cold and distant, and his relationship with his reclusive teen-age son is in free-fall. But when a brilliant student enters his life, Gregory is offered one last, glorious chance to save his career.

Soon, however, Gregory's Faustian pact with success unravels around him, and he must turn to darker, more duplicitous means to secure his fame. Set in the dangerous world where real life and literary ambition collide, Kill Your Darlings is an unforgettable novel of ego and delusion, villainy and the betrayal of love.

About Terence Blacker

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Terence Blacker was educated at Wellington and Cambridge. He is a columnist for the Independent, writes regularly for the Sunday Times, and is the author of three previous novels. He lives in Suffolk, England.
Published September 1, 2000 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd. 292 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Fiction

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It’s a onetime thing for Gregory, but not for Peter, who pines away in rejection, leaving this earth and a brilliant manuscript, which Gregory takes for his own.

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Mart plays himself on these pages, turning up to afflict our hero with performance anxiety at a urinal, bedding the same publicity girl that Gregory seduces in the Excelsior Lincoln (just about vague enough to keep the lawyers at bay) and, most heinously, writing all Gregory's books before he h...

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After Keays's nonchalant reaction to an impulsive tryst with his most talented student, Peter Gibson, ends in tragedy, Keays can see only opportunity: Gibson had completed a novel, the manuscript of which Keays is going to finish and publish under his own name.

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