Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews



An Edgar(R) Award Nominee for Best Novel

Jesse Kellerman—the international bestselling author of The Executor and The Genius—brings his prodigious talent to bear on a topic he knows well in this hilarious and surprising spin on the modern blockbuster thriller novel.
Missing for months after a tragic boating accident, William de Vallée, the superstar thriller writer, is pronounced dead. His oldest friend, Arthur Pfefferkorn, receives the news with an unsettling mix of grief and envy. A middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations, Pfefferkorn can’t help but feel outshone by his friend’s success—especially since he married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.

But now Bill is gone, and Pfefferkorn is there to comfort Carlotta in her time of grief. Reconnecting with de Vallée’s widow makes more than one of his dreams come true . . . until it plunges him into a shadowy world of intrigue and double crosses, where no one can be trusted—and nothing can be taken seriously.

About Jesse Kellerman

See more books from this Author
JESSE KELLERMAN is the internationally bestselling author of four previous novels, The Executor, The Genius, Trouble, and Sunstroke. His books and plays have won several awards. He lives in La Jolla, California.
Published July 5, 2012 by Jove. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Potboiler

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

This, of course, is in marked contrast to the performance of internationally famous William de Vallée, who pumps out bestsellers as if they were pellets from a shotgun and who happens to be Arthur’s oldest and best friend.

Jul 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Potboiler

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Failed-novelist-turned-professor Arthur Pfefferkorn has long been jealous of his oldest friend, William de Vallèe, who married the only woman Pfefferkorn ever loved and became a fabulously successful writer.

Sep 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Potboiler

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Years earlier, Arthur Pfefferkorn’s one coming-of-age novel received “mild acclaim but sold poorly.” Arthur now ekes out a living as an adjunct professor “at a small college on the Eastern Seaboard.” He seethes over the success and wealth of his oldest friend, bestselling thriller write...

Feb 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Potboiler

Book Reporter

That fact eclipses Pfefferkorn’s second largest regret, namely that his friend also married Carlotta, the woman who Pfefferkorn has always loved.

Jul 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Potboiler

RT Book Reviews

Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e.

| Read Full Review of Potboiler

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Blue swamp: Patients get stuck when health care networks feud Fighting words: Cooler heads must prevail in the Korean peninsula The right to self-defense is a natural right Sacrificing women for politics: These U.S. House members from Pa.

Jun 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Potboiler

Reader Rating for Potboiler

An aggregated and normalized score based on 89 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review