May 12, 2010

Wish List Wednesday #46: Severance Package

Have you ever seen those news items about the office worker who went "postal" and shot up a bunch of his coworkers? Pretty grim stuff, right? Well, what if the guy with the gun was your boss? Now that's grim.

Duane Swierczynski (no amount of Hooked On Phonics could teach me to pronounce that last name properly) has crafted an adrenaline filled thriller called Severance Package, which deals with a situation pretty close to the boss going postal. Imagine an office building somewhere, filled with a bunch of nondescript pencil-pushers. One Saturday, the employees are called into the office by the boss. They begrudgingly show up and find out that they've been an unwitting cover for a spy agency, and now they're being terminated--either drink the poison or eat a bullet.

How's that for a setup?

I liked Brian Keene's description of the book: "It's The Office meets Die Hard with the heart of Reservoir Dogs."

Yes, please. What do you think? Sound like the kind of book you'd like to read? Or have you read it already, if so how did you like it?

1 comment:

  1. I'm definitely a 'yes' with this one. It sounds absurd and would probably make me laugh. And cringe. Good combination.