With the middle class on the brink of revolt, Mitch and Ram--professional killers--must steer the course of history away from disaster in an adventure that takes them from Las Vegas to Baja, California. 100,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo. BOMC.
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Self-published in 1992, when it made the New York Times "Notable Books of the Year" list, Branon's fast-paced and altogether engrossing debut thriller will most likely achieve bestsellerdom this time out, given the impressive promotional support of a trade publisher. The premise alone--a plan to destroy the IRS by killing its employees and blowing up its centers across the nation--is enough to capture the public imagination, but the well-etched characters should really start word-of-mouth fires. Mitch and Ram, a pair of professional hit men who are a lot craftier than their employers think; Kevin Ball, a rogue priest with shady connections, and the young hitchiker who finds her way into his heart; Rayburn Varki, a libertarian terrorist who directs the IRS strike; a pair of elderly Florida motorists who play a surprisingly significant role in the denouement--they all mingle with a raft of pols, prostitutes and assorted tough guys in this violent and raunchy crowd-pleaser. Authentic technological know-how about weapons of every sort, insights into Vegas gambling and several cynical surprises add to the fun. Likely to be one of the Big Books of 1994. 100,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; BOMC and QPB selection; author tour.
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Initially self-published in 1992, when it received mention as a New York Times Notable Book, this tautly written and often shocking thriller should appeal to a large and enthusiastic audience now that it's receiving trade distribution. The action is set in the immediate future. A business tycoon, disaffected with out-of-control government bureaucracy, engineers an intricate plan to destroy the U.S. government by eradicating the IRS. He chooses as his accomplices a mismatched group of individuals, themselves at odds with society around them, and puts his plan into motion. The fast-paced, bloody action keeps the reader engrossed until the final chapter. At times amoral, erotic, and chilling, the story ultimately leads to anarchy. Once begun, this first novel is difficult to put down; when finished, the questions raised prompt long hours of thought-provoking contemplation. Sure to be a talked-about purchase. BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club selections.
- Erna Chamberlain, SUNY-Binghamton
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