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Eat What You Kill Chapter Guides on Facebook

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Since EAT WHAT YOU KILL was released last week, I’ve received dozens of emails, tweets and Facebook messages asking about and commenting on the many, possibly obscure, references in the book. 

Both for fun and to enhance readers’ enjoyment, I’ve created Chapter Guides on Facebook, chronologically by chapter, with hundreds of photos of places, people and things encountered in EAT WHAT YOU KILL

So if, for example, you’re curious about the reference to Fawn Liebowitz in chapter 3, you can find that photo album on Facebook and the answer is there. 

And, if you find something I missed, please let me know by clicking HERE.  

Mystery Scene reviews Eat What You Kill

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

I love this incredibly well-written review by respected critic Hank Wagner in Mystery Scene Magazine:

After experiencing firsthand the negative effects of an “act of God” on the stock of a company he was touting (when that firm’s charismatic leader dies suddenly of a heart attack), high-strung Wall Street analyst Evan Stoess is a little more proactive the next time he is close to a big score, murdering a famous but flighty game designer after shorting the stock of the designer’s company. The obscene amounts of money he reaps as a result leads him to conclude that he has found the perfect business model. Unfortunately for him, however, shadowy characters wish to direct his actions to suit their own purposes.

Utilizing a thoroughly repugnant protagonist is a great risk, but first-time novelist Ted Scofield makes it pay off handsomely. Although loathsome, Stoess and his fragile psyche are fascinating, as his obsession with wealth and his uncanny talent for planning murders leads him into continuously deeper, darker moral waters. That Scofield does so with a generous amount of black humor (reminiscent of Donald E. Westlake’s bravura performance in 1997’s The Ax) makes Eat What You Kill an even better read, one you’ll be pushing on friends throughout the course of 2014. — Hank Wagner

Why do I love this review?  Mssr. Wagner understands that EAT WHAT YOU KILL is more than just a “financial thriller.”  It is a morality tale.

The protagonist, deeply troubled Evan Stoess, is indeed obsessed with wealth and willing to do anything to get it. He believes he’ll be happier with money, that he’ll finally fit in, that after a lifetime of envy and deprivation, he will finally belong.  All he needs is money, and a lot of it.  It’s not greed, of course.  It’s ambition.  It’s talent.  It’s accomplishment.   How do we measure progress, how do we measure success, if not by money?

Greed is good,” Gordon Gekko whispered in our ear.  And we gasped.  We scoffed.  We told ourselves “I don’t believe that.”  The enlightened among us blamed Ronald Reagan while sipping a five dollar caffè latte purchased through the tinted window of a Mercedes.

Twenty-seven years later, nothing has changed.

Mystery Scene Review

Kirkus Compares Evan Stoess to Hannibal Lecter

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

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With one humorous sentence, Kirkus has compared EAT WHAT YOU KILL’s protagonist, Evan Stoess, to Hannibal Lecter, the psychiatrist-cannibal from Thomas Harris’s books made famous by Sir Anthony Hopkins.
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You remember Hannibal the Cannibal, right?  He ate people.  Literally, he ATE people.  He ate people he didn’t like, and he ate people at random, too (e.g, the census taker who once tried to test him. Hannibal ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti).  With the exception of hunger, Hannibal didn’t seem to have a motive for many of his murders, hence why I find the comparison to Evan Stoess to be, well, odd.

Perhaps the anonymous Kirkus reviewer was just trying to be clever. I’ll give him or her the benefit of the doubt and go with that, and I’ll leave the final judgment about the comparison to the readers.

Booklist reviews EAT WHAT YOU KILL

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Booklist

Launched in 1905, Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books.

I love this review because the Booklist reviewer, Stacy Alesi, found Evan to be sympathetic.  Once that happens — once a reader starts to sympathize with my protagonist — I pretty much know that person is going to like EAT WHAT YOU KILL.

Evan is a difficult character to like, certainly.  He does horrible things for the most mundane reasons (not to mention for money — but that’s easier to understand, right?).  But his troubled background provides context for his actions, and while not excusing them, readers often feel sorry for him and understand why he does what he does.   Author Michael Sears went as far to say “…before you know it, you’re rooting for a monster.” 

Several readers have made similar comments.  One friend told me she felt guilty for cheering for Evan. Frankly, that’s the highest compliment I can imagine.

Publishers Weekly reviews EAT WHAT YOU KILL

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

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Publishers Weekly

Fiction Review: Eat What You Kill

January 27, 2014

 Stephen Frey fans will welcome Scofield’s debut, a financial thriller that accessibly conveys the intricacies of a world in which a company can make millions on other companies whose stocks decline in value. New Yorker Evan Stoess, scarred by his time at a prep school where his less-than-fashionable attire earned him the denigrating nickname of Kmart, is obsessed with making as much money as he possibly can—and with rubbing his success in the faces of his teenage foes. He’s prepared to do anything to achieve his goal. When fate scuttles a lucrative deal and hands him a setback, the resourceful and unscrupulous Evan is soon scheming again. Celebrity cameos—Jim Cramer and Jennifer Lawrence appear—don’t add much, and the ending pulls a few punches, but readers will look forward to seeing more from Scofield, who has worked as a securities attorney and is currently a corporate lawyer. Agent: Krista Goering, Krista Goering Literary Agency. (Mar.)

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80% of 2013′s best-selling books were novels!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Of the best sellers tracked by USA TODAY each week, 80% were fiction. That’s the highest since the list was begun in 1993, breaking 2011′s record of 78%. The top non-fiction book of 2013 at No. 9 was Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

The Top 10 Books of 2013:

1.  Inferno by Dan Brown

2.  Divergent by Veronica Roth

3.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

4.  Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

5.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

6.  Sycamore Row by John Grisham

7.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

8.  Alligiant by Veronica Roth

9.  Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly

10.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Release Date: St. Martin’s Press – March 25, 2014

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Blog Posts, Events & Appearances, News & Press | 0 comments

Release Date: St. Martin’s Press – March 25, 2014

In Eat What You Kill by Ted Scofield, Evan Stoess is a struggling young Wall Street analyst obsessed with fortune and fame. A trailer park kid who attended an exclusive prep school through a lucky twist of fate, Evan’s unusual past leaves him an alien in both worlds, an outsider who desperately wants to belong. When a small stock he discovers becomes an overnight sensation, he is poised to make millions and land the girl of his dreams, but disaster strikes and he loses everything.

Two years later a mysterious firm offers Evan a chance for redemption, and he jumps at the opportunity. His new job is to short stocks—to bet against the market. But when the stock goes up and he finds himself on the brink of ruin once again, another option presents itself: murder. At a moral crossroads, Evan must ask himself—how far will a man go for money and vengeance?