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The Accounting [Format Kindle]

William Lashner
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Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his pals Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it.

They were wrong.

Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is on the rocks, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has taken his job and decimated his finances. Worst of all, when he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, he knows the past has risen from its grave to grab him by the throat.

The battle that ensues will send Jon skittering across a landscape wracked by the Great Recession to confront the demons of his past: the grade-school bully who has terrorized him for decades, the grandfather that betrayed him, the girl that got away. And in the middle of a fight to death, with his daughter’s life hanging in the balance, Jon Willing learns the most brutal of truths:

The piper always gets paid, and sometimes he gets paid in blood.

Biographie de l'auteur

William Lashner is the New York Times–bestselling creator of Victor Carl, who has been praised by Booklist as one of mystery’s “most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters.” His crime novels include Blood and Bone, Killer’s Kiss, Marked Man, Fatal Flaw, and Hostile Witness. His novel Kockroach, published under the name Tyler Knox, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for fiction. A former prosecutor with the Department of Justice and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his work has sold worldwide and been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 426 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1611099358
  • Editeur : Thomas & Mercer (14 mai 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Accounting 26 octobre 2013
Par GérardD
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Un thriller finalement bien construit, même si l'histoire est un peu longue à démarrer.

Bon pour le maintien de mon vocabulaire Anglais/Américain aussi.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Indiscretions Of Youth: A Fun Page-Turner With Relentless Action And A Good Deal Of Humor 21 septembre 2013
Par K. Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'll be honest, William Lashner's "The Accounting" isn't the type of book that I would normally consider giving my highest rating to. It's not a literary masterwork, by any means, and it certainly stretches credibility on occasion. What it does do, however, is to entertain. And you know what? I really loved this tale. It's a down and dirty page turner and its pace never relents. In a thriller, that's about as big a compliment as you can serve and that's why it gets five stars from me. While it may not necessarily be one of the best books I've read this year from a critical standpoint, it is easily one of the more enjoyable ones from a plotting perspective. In "The Accounting," we see how a youthful indiscretion can irrevocably alter the course of one's life. Of course, when that indiscretion involves stealing a veritable fortune in drug money from a dangerous motorcycle gang, you probably should be ready to pay the piper when the piper comes calling! And that cost may be more than you anticipated. Set twenty-five years after that fateful decision, Lashner's harrowing story has the past catching up with our three young heroes--and there is simply no escaping that inevitability! Whoever said money can buy happiness probably didn't acquire it this way!

The protagonist of "The Accounting" is Jon Willing. Jon has lived the American dream, and the results are all too commonplace. He has a troubled marriage, disconnected children, and lives well above his means. As a teenager, he and best buddies Augie and Ben got caught up with the aforementioned theft. Despite living quite separate lives, they've remained in contact over the intervening years just to make sure the heat isn't on. When Augie fails to respond to one call, however, it looks as if things have taken an irrevocable turn. Cross-cutting the contemporary plot thread with remembrances of how things went down, Lashner creates a vivid story about childhood friends and the demons they faced. Their bold act was the most significant of their lives, but it all but guaranteed their ultimate destruction. And as adults, they must reap what they sowed many decades past. In an adventure that races across the United States, Jon will confront past bullies and deal with entirely new threats in order to extricate himself from danger. But as might be expected, escape is not so easy once you've put down roots. Jon has to evaluate what is important in life and whether or not his family is simply one more thing that can be disposed of.

I really liked the central character of "The Accounting" and that's part of why I was so thrilled with the book. He's an ordinary guy pushed to extremes, a man who is more of a construct than a fully formed identity. This crisis forces him to evaluate who he is and to finally come to grips with himself. It's an intriguing scenario, well established. But in addition to that, the villains are well drawn and frightening. And some of the major players provide humor and surprises. In the end, I found "The Accounting" to be a great deal of fun. It can be violent, to be sure, but it also has its share of laughs. The tale gets bigger and more outlandish as it progresses, but it is so entertaining (if not always believable). By the end, when all the oddballs are embroiled in a final confrontation, the book reminded me of the lunacy present in a Carl Hiaasen classic. And in my mind, that's a great association. KGHarris, 9/13.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Seems like old times 16 mars 2013
Par mrliteral - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Sometimes you don't realize you missed something until it comes back into your life. Such was the case with William Lashner, who I hadn't read in four years, not since his last book came out. I always enjoyed his books, but with no new ones coming out, he eventually faded into the background. Now, Lashner is back and he is as good as ever.

The Accounting is narrated by Jon Willing, a fortyish man with a deep dark secret. When he was in his teens, he and a couple friends stole a lot of cash from some drug dealers. In a way, it was a perfect crime, at least for twenty-plus years. Now, someone is out to get the money back.

When one of Willing's partners-in-crime is tortured and murdered, Jon knows that he could very well be next on the list. He's taken precautions against getting caught, but he soon finds that all his carefully laid plans are not as secure as he thought. This will put not only him in danger, but his family as well. To try and get out of this will require facing some demons from his past.

This book has Lashner's trademark wit and suspense wrapped up in a sharp tale of a person whose past has come back to haunt him in a big way, and atoning for the crimes of yesteryear may offer redemption, but may also kill you in the process. This is a great book for thriller fans.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not bad, not great 10 août 2013
Par WryGuy2 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In "The Accounting", author William Lashner tells the story where three teenagers successfully steal a fortune of drug money from a gang, and 25 years later, their past catches up with them. Told from the point of view of one of the trio, Jon Willingham, the book flashes back to points in Jon's life while in the present he struggles to save his and his family's lives. Below are my impressions of the novel, and note I don't give spoilers.

The book is well written, but in my opinion it's too long and moves too slowly in many places. With the exception of the opening chapters, there isn't much action in the first half of the book, as it fills in Jon's backstory and has Jon agonizing over his life. The plot is good for much of the book, but it veers outside of easy believability toward the end, and a few small plot lines, including one involving his wife, seem superfluous. The supporting characters, especially his children, were fleshed out and interesting.

Overall, this was a decent read, but it didn't grip me and took me about a week to read (whereas I'll read a book in 2 to 3 days if I'm really enjoying myself). I think this book could have a lot better, in my opinion, if it were shortened by about 25 percent. Three stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than average thriller 31 mars 2013
Par Pam Gearhart - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Twenty-five years ago, on impulse, teenager Jon Willing and his two best friends stole money from drug dealers -- a lot of money. They thought they were smart, that if they didn't spend the money conspicuously, no one would suspect them. They went on with their ordinary lives, finished school, got married, moved on. They kept in touch with weekly phone calls, and it looked like they'd gotten away with it, until one of them didn't answer that weekly phone call. The chase is on.

What elevates The Accounting above the standard thriller is character. There's plenty of action but what kept me reading was learning about Jon. We learn about Jon as Jon learns about Jon, as he figures out for himself why he did that dangerous, impulsive thing, and how that act formed his adult life, shaped his personality, affected all his relationships. This insight was fascinating, and original. However, he's not totally sympathetic; he's a mortgage broker, after all, and has more to answer for than robbing drug dealers. To his credit, he understands this.

The book is peppered with Jon's thoughts on the economy, life in suburbia, Little League, conspicuous consumption, raising kids, country clubs and golf. Some of this made me think and some made me laugh out loud.

The book is a "page-turner". When the action slows, there are interesting characters and often witty conversations. (If it's filmed, there's a role tailor-made for Conchata Ferrell.)

I'd recommend this to anyone, with a warning about graphic violence and some torture.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A worthy read by a talented writer 25 avril 2013
Par Barry Sparks - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Author William Lashner uses a common theme in "The Accounting." Three boys commit a crime as teenagers and they must pay the price later as adults.

Best friends Jon, Augie and Ben stole more than $1 million in cash (drug money) from a gang, split the money, promised never to tell anyone and to keep in touch with each other.

Twenty five years later, their secret seems to be safe until Jon finds Augie, who had been tortured, murdered in Las Vegas. And, it's only a matter of time until they come for Jon, who has changed his name, and severed connections with his past. With his marriage in trouble and financial problems, this is the last thing Jon needs.

Augie has already paid the price for the foolish misdeed of their youth. Will Jon and Ben end up paying the price, too? Can Jon continue to keep his secret from his wife and family? And, how costly has that secret been to his marriage?

Lashner is a talented writer and I have read all of his novels. Like a couple of his other books, however, I feel that "The Accounting" could be 100 fewer pages and not suffer. While this book doesn't rise to the level of some of Lashner's Victor Carl books, it's still a worthy read.
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