The Slush Pile Brigade by Samuel Marquis
(Nick Lassiter Series) (Volume 1)

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"The Slush Pile Brigade capitalizes on the fear every author feels when sliding that precious manuscript into an envelope and sending it off to publishers...Read it not for the rewards of carefully crafted intrigue, but for the enjoyable romp that it is."
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Denver Post Bestseller! Finalist, Beverly Hills Book Awards.
“A fresh concept and protagonist…an exciting actioner.” --KirkusTHE GOOD NEWS: HIS BOOK’S A BEST-SELLER. THE BAD: HE’S BEEN BOOK-JACKED!When he loses both job and girl friend—oh, yes—and also lands in jail in a few short hours, Nick Lassiter’s thirtieth quickly shapes up as Worst Birthday Ever. But Lassiter still has one last hope—the thriller he hasn't yet sold. And then Worst Birthday graduates to Worst Day of His Life. Because he discovers not only has his manuscript been stolen, it was lifted by the Australian answer to James Patterson, and is now set to be the bestseller of the year, as the work of the world’s second best-selling author.

By anyone’s standards, Lassiter’s got to do something. Sue, maybe; at the very least kick the thief’s audacious posterior. But, actually, all he really wants is an apology. As a high-level CIA official puts it: “He’s either the most principled person on the planet—or the most naive.”

Next thing you know he’s barging into forbidden publishing circles with a brigade of intriguing and offbeat buddies, trying to get his mea culpa from the illustrious Cameron Barnaby Beckett IV, and Beckett’s deliciously unctuous agent, Anton De Benedictis.

But unbeknownst to Lassiter and his slushpile brigade, his simple need to hear “I’m sorry” is seriously bollixing-up a long-planned CIA operation. Something else he doesn't know: the high-level spy who’s running it is none other than his estranged father, only one of many amusing connections that make this satirical thriller a complex and many-twisted page-turner.

Marquis is the kind of artful and wily author who seems at first to be taking you on a nice walk in the garden, when suddenly you notice you’re actually on a towering cliff overlooking jagged rocks with a 16-wheeler barreling towards you. You never know what twist he’s going to take, what daunting prospect lies ahead, but, since his story, bolstered by fine and compelling writing, barrels along at the speed of that 16-wheeler, you’re not only happy to be along for the ride, you can’t stop anyhow.

Among the many delights you’ll encounter—not only the requisite thrills and surprises (more than usual if we do say so!), but lavishly applied sly wit, including a laugh-out-loud skewering of publishing-as-we-know-it.

Readers of both humorous thrillers and their more butch cousins, hard-boiled thrillers, will eat this one up, especially fans of the late great comic spymaster Ross Thomas, and the ever subtle Thomas Perry. Those who love Timothy Hallinan, Don Winslow, and Harlan Coben will find themselves hooked as well; even aficionados of the more hard-boiled guys like Barry Eisler and Daniel Silva will find much to admire.And all will want to move on to:

SPECIAL READING BONUS—THE BOOK WITHIN THE BOOK!
Fortunately, Author Marquis didn't stop with The Slushpile Brigade. He also wrote the pirated book within the book—the one those New York slickers stole from Nick Lassiter. Get Blind Thrust to see what all the fuss was about!
 

About Samuel Marquis

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Samuel Marquis works by day as a Vice-President-Hydrogeologist with Cameron-Cole, LLC, an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, Colorado, and by night as a writer of historical and modern suspense novels. He holds a Master of Science degree in Geology, is a Registered Professional Geologist in eleven states, and is a recognized expert in groundwater contaminant hydrogeology, having served as a Hydrogeologic Expert Witness in several class action litigation cases. He also has a deep and abiding interest in military history and intelligence, specifically related to the Plains Indian Wars, World War II, and the current War on Terror.His strong technical scientific background and deep passion for military history and intelligence has served Samuel Marquis well as a suspense writer. James Patterson has compared his forthcoming novel, The Coalition, to The Day After Tomorrow, the classic thriller by Allan Folsom which appeared in the #3 spot in its first week on the New York Times bestseller list for fiction and for which American publishing rights were sold for two million dollars. Donald Maas, author of Writing 21st Century Fiction and two novels, has compared The Coalition to The Day of the Jackal. Other book reviewers have compared Marquis's WWII espionage novel, Bodyguard of Deception, to the spy novels of Daniel Silva, Ken Follett, and Alan Furst.
 
Published September 15, 2015 by Mount Sopris Publishing. 309 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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"The Slush Pile Brigade capitalizes on the fear every author feels when sliding that precious manuscript into an envelope and sending it off to publishers...Read it not for the rewards of carefully crafted intrigue, but for the enjoyable romp that it is."

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