A young man struggles to find his identity in this short story by the bestselling author of The Tourist. Olen Steinhauer's crafty story begins as an affectionate recounting by Tom, a down-on-his-luck graduate caring for his sick mother and reconnecting with his awkward friend, Jerry McLaughlin. Jerry lives in a relative's basement in Chicago, and over the intervening months the two young men strategize Jerry's seemingly innocuous plan to become a super-villain in the spirit of Bond greats like Blofeld. Things turn dark, however, when Jerry's plans find success, and he enlists the wayward Tom to help him expand his little start-up to the next level. At turns witty and diabolical, "The Start-Up" is a fiendish take on the spy genre, as well as the dangerous friendships of Highsmith, le CarrE, and others.
"Start-Up" by Olen Steinhauer is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books's Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the most legendary authors in the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all!
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by Olen Steinhauer
by Colleen McCullough
"Narrator Jacob York nails the youthful, selfish, unemployed Tom of Olen Steinhauer's short story. Tom narrates the tale of his friend Jerry's determination to become a criminal mastermind in the vein of a Bond villain. Tom plays along with Jerry's planning until it becomes reality and he recruits Tom as an employee of his nefarious start-up. York's dynamic approach to the two friends' dialogue emphasizes Steinhauer's dichotomy of lighthearted humor and dark events, while his atmosphere development heightens the suspense. At 45 minutes, START-UP is a great audiobook for a workout, driving the heart rate up through the listening experience as well as exertion. Whether or not they want to sweat, crime fiction fans should enjoy this story from Mulholland Books's Strand Originals series. J.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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