Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Thrill Begins: ITW Debut Writer Ted Scofield's "Eat What You Kill"

Ted Scofield - Eat What You Kill (St. Martin's Press) March 25, 2014

Eat What You Kill by
Ted Scofield, Evan Stoess is a struggling young Wall Street analyst
obsessed with fortune and fame. A trailer park kid who attended an
exclusive prep school through a lucky twist of fate, Evan’s unusual past
leaves him an alien in both worlds, an outsider who desperately wants
to belong. When a small stock he discovers becomes an overnight
sensation, he is poised to make millions and land the girl of his
dreams, but disaster strikes and he loses everything.

years later a mysterious firm offers Evan a chance for redemption, and
he jumps at the opportunity. His new job is to short stocks—to bet
against the market. But when the stock goes up and he finds himself on
the brink of ruin once again, another option presents itself: murder. At
a moral crossroads, Evan must ask himself—how far will a man go for
money and vengeance?

Eat What You Kill - buy it on Amazon

  The Thrill Begins

1 comment:

  1. Here's my favorite review of EAT WHAT YOU KILL, from Mystery Scene Magazine:

    After experiencing firsthand the negative effects of an “act of God” on the stock of a company he was touting (when that firm’s charismatic leader dies suddenly of a heart attack), high-strung Wall Street analyst Evan Stoess is a little more proactive the next time he is close to a big score, murdering a famous but flighty game designer after shorting the stock of the designer’s company. The obscene amounts of money he reaps as a result leads him to conclude that he has found the perfect business model. Unfortunately for him, however, shadowy characters wish to direct his actions to suit their own purposes.

    Utilizing a thoroughly repugnant protagonist is a great risk, but first-time novelist Ted Scofield makes it pay off handsomely. Although loathsome, Stoess and his fragile psyche are fascinating, as his obsession with wealth and his uncanny talent for planning murders leads him into continuously deeper, darker moral waters. That Scofield does so with a generous amount of black humor (reminiscent of Donald E. Westlake’s bravura performance in 1997’s The Ax) makes Eat What You Kill an even better read, one you’ll be pushing on friends throughout the course of 2014. -- Hank Wagner


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