William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780061735295, 288pp.
Publication Date: September 2009
Conspiracy and pop culture collide in 1991 New York in this dark debut from Greg Olear.
Taylor Schmidt twenty-three, single, and jobless arrives in the Big Apple desperate for work and hungry for love. Through the Quid Pro Quo Employment Agency she finds the perfect job and the perfect boyfriend . . . but perfection has its price.
Part thriller, part satire, part period piece, Totally Killer is a total page-turner.
“… this wacky tale of capitalist aspirations run way beyond amok…[is] a dark, hilarious, and original fable, well worth reading.”
-Chronogram (Hudson Valley)
“Greg Olear stands out as one of the few ‘New Voices’ in contemporary fiction whose writing actually deserves the moniker. The title doesn’t lie—Totally Killer truly is.”
-Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
“Lock Ted Bundy, Franz Kafka, and Terry Southern in a room with a typewriter and they might produce something like Totally Killer...This darkly comic, beautifully written tale of conspiracy, sex and obsession in 1990s New York City deserves a wide audience.”
-Bruce DeSilva, Edgar-nominated author of Rogue Island
“Olear has created a veritable almanac of the 90s. Totally Killer is, well, totally killer. You’ll laugh. You’ll cringe. You’ll weep. You may even find yourself humming Whitney Houston.”
-Jonathan Evison, author of All About Lulu
“Smart, unexpected, and wonderfully savage in its humor. Totally Killer nails, without mercy, the mood and minutiae of a weary America at the end of the 20th century. Olear’s characters are perfectly emblematic of their times.”
-Brad Listi, author of Attention. Deficit. Disorder.
“I totally loved Totally Killer. It’s American Psycho meets I Love the ’90s. It’s The Firm with an ironic, sexy twist. Flawless writing, funny, sweet, and thrilling, Totally Killer is a fast moving page-turner that had me hooked from the first page.”
-Colleen Curran, author of Whores on the Hill