The Ethical Assassin

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Liss

Narrated By: William Dufris

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: February 2006

Duration: 13 hours 26 minutes

Summary:

No one is more surprised than Lem Altick when it turns out he's actually good at peddling encyclopedias door to door. He hates the predatory world of sales, but he needs the money to pay for college. Then things go horribly wrong. In a sweltering trailer in rural Florida, a couple Lem has spent hours pitching to is shot dead before his eyes, and the unassuming young man is suddenly pulled into the dark world of conspiracy and murder. Not just murder: assassination - or so claims the killer, the mysterious and strangely charismatic Melford Kean, who has struck without remorse and with remarkable good cheer. But the self-styled ethical assassin hadn't planned on a witness, and so he makes Lem a deal: Stay quiet and there will be no problems. Go to the police and take the fall. Before Lem can decide, he is drawn against his will into the realm of the assassin, a post-Marxist intellectual with whom he forms an unlikely (and perhaps unwise) friendship. The ethical assassin could be a charming sociopath, eco-activist, or vigilante for social justice. Lem isn't sure what is motivating Melford, but Lem realizes that to save himself, he must unravel the mystery of why the assassinations have occurred. To do so, he descends deeper into a bizarre world he never knew existed, where a group of desperate schemers are involved in a plot that could keep Lem from leaving town alive.

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  • Anonymous

    Well done as to description of places and people. Right on dialogue. Interesting plot. A bit "preachy" about the author's personal beliefs on the subjects of animal rights and the Vegen philosophy and lifestyle. While I agree with him on the animal welfare issues, perhaps the lecturing could have been handled better. Overall, a good piece of work. Give it a try, and do check out his prior novels set in Europe a couple hundred years ago.

  • Paula Loniak

    I enjoyed this audiobook because, not only is it an interesting plot/mystery, there is also quite a bit of comic relief, which adds to the absurdity of the situations.

  • Anonymous

    Suffer through the disjointed first 3 disks the rest is worth the wait. Makes you think as well as giggle - lots of twists and turns