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A Shock to the System Audio Cassette – Dec 1 1994

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Isis Audio; Unabridged edition (Dec 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856954986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856954983
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable If Slight Wish Fulfillment Feb. 12 2007
By Chris Ward - Published on
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Ever wanted to murder someone? Your boss, your rival, your wife?

Of course not.

But if you'd ever thought of such a thing, you'd get a kick out of this nasty look at a completely unscrupulous, conscienceless cad who finds that murder is just the thing to ensure advancement in business and in life itself. I found this well-written and entertaining, though it lost some steam at the end.

Note: A superior example of the same concept can be found in Donald E. Westlake's "The Ax," which I recommend whole-heartedly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a great read Sept. 10 2013
By K. McIntyre - Published on
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A thoroughly good read. Simon Brett really knows how to slowly increase the tension. A real page turner. Once started it is hard to put down.
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A Shock To The Reader Jan. 18 2011
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Creepy look into the life of a seemingly ordinary man gone mad. ***WARNING*** but never call him "mad". Ironically good ending.
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Enthralling Oct. 11 2013
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Simon Brett is at his best with this work. A black humoured account of an individual who, through an accidental murder, is set on the path of elimination. It brought to mind the classic Ealing film, Kind hearts & Coronets wherein an indivdual seeks to remove all those in his path who prevent him gaining his aristocratic rights. In A Shock To The System (clever title) the world of aristocracy is replaced by the corporate world and its machinations. A modern morality tale, the book is blessed with Simon Brett's story-telling skills. Simply the best book I have read in a long time. Give yourself a treat and buy it.
A System may be shocked, but much like the Scottish tragedy, Macbeth avers, "lif it be done, et it be done quickly." Nov. 23 2015
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This dark novel probes deeply into the character Graham Marshall, who was played by Michel Caine in the film by the same name. For those who like a more sympathetic treatment of an anti-hero, see the film first. As it happened, I did, and was struck by curiosity when I saw it was based on the novel by Brett, whose Blotto and Twinks series I am currently reading as well. Struck also by the range of Simon Brett's stories, I wanted to read the book, and although it was different from the film (which Hollywood has a way of doing), it did not disappoint. In fact, it reveals a wry and sardonic view of a murderer, and presenting the premise: is one predisposed to commit murder, or can one stumble into the pit if provoked enough, and not crawl out of the pit? As Graham Marshall explains his position, having first tripped over a crack wasn't his fault -- in fact as he paves his way down the primrose path, none of it is his fault because the people in his family and business circles JUst DON'T UNDERSTAND. "A Shock to the System" proposes to ameliorate our lack of this understanding, and does so with panache, As its title may indicate, it covers a number of shocks to various systems, both human and organizational.