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Kill Your Friends : A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
by John Niven


Overview - AS the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification.  Read more...

 
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Overview
AS the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast and the hits are drying up, and the only way he s going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of cutthroat to murderous new levels."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061690617
  • ISBN-10: 0061690619
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: January 2009
  • Page Count: 352

Series: P.S.

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 41.
  • Review Date: 2008-09-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

With the record industry in turmoil, this thoroughly twisted roman à clef from a former A&R insider couldn’t seem timelier. Set in 1997, this debut novel follows the loathsome and morally bankrupt 27-year-old Steven Stelfox as he curses, drinks and snorts his way through a cutthroat career. Crass and bitter, Steven despises everything that originally inspired him, and as the bills pile up from his various illicit habits and ventures, he tries in vain to find the “next big thing” so he can secure another bundle of money. Satirizing Big Music, the novel brims with self-evident truths—as Steven explains, he usually only hits one in every 10 acts, but even that allows him to do better than most. As Steven’s arrogance precariously struggles against a healthy dose of paranoia, he faces his ultimate nightmare: he might actually have to sober up, do some work and break out a decent record by a decent act. This is not for the easily offended, but readers with at least a slightly deranged bent will have a ball. (Jan.)

 
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