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Cover of: The ax | Donald E. Westlake

"I've never actually killed anybody before, murdered another person, snuffed out another human being."

About the Book

Burke Devore is a paper company manager, a man who can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about bleaching processes and the edible wood pulp they put in ice cream. For twenty-five years Burke has provided for his family and played by the rules. Until now. Now Devore is slipping away: from his wife, his family, and from all norms of civilized behavior. Burke Devore wants his life back. And he will do anything to get it. From his attempts to land a new job, to the growing rift between him and his loved ones, Devore knows that he is running out of time. Believing that there is just one way to earn the only job he has a chance of getting, he sets off on a path from which there can be no turning back--no matter how bizarre and violent, no matter who gets in the way; no matter how evil Burke Devore becomes. Burke Devore is gunning for his competition, and it's getting easier every time. . . . In this relentlessly fascinating novel, the masterful Donald Westlake takes us on a journey of obsession and outrage inside a quiet man's desperate world. And as we follow in Devore's blood-soaked footsteps, the question begins to echo darkly:

Classifications

Dewey 813/.54

5 editions First published in 1997

Edition Read Locate Buy
Cover of: The Ax
The Ax
2001, Grand Central Publishing
Electronic resource in English
Cover of: The Ax
The Ax
May 1, 1998, Grand Central Publishing
in English
Cover of: The ax
The ax
1997, Thorndike Press, Chivers Press
in English
Cover of: The ax
The ax
1997, Mysterious Press
in English
Cover of: The ax

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