College professor Arthur Pfefferkorn and bestselling novelist William de Vallée have been friends for years. Arthur had one book published years ago but hasn’t had any success with his writing since then. When William dies, Arthur is invited to the memorial service and decides to go – after all, he too loved William’s widow Carlotta.
Arthur and Carlotta reconnect and Carlotta shows Arthur William’s unfinished manuscript. William decides to steal the manuscript and finish it. He submits the work as his own, the book is published, and Arthur’s life spirals out of control.
Potboiler, by Jesse Kellerman, started out strong for me. Who doesn’t like to read about a novelist? And, a rivalry between two novelists is even better. Throw in a love triangle, and I’m totally hooked. Things went south for me, though, after Arthur’s version of William’s novel is published. I know the book is supposed to be satire but, to be honest, I became quite confused. The story line became pretty outlandish and the character and place names were as well. I decided to stick with it to see where things were going and if it would all come together but it never really did for me. This would probably work better for someone who reads a lot of spy novels – I have a feeling they would understand more of the satire and parody than I did.
I listened to the audio version of Potboiler. It’s narrated by Kirby Heyborne and he does a commendable job. In fact, I think his narration is the reason I stuck with the book. The audio is on 9 CDs and lasts approximately 11 hours.