Harper releases “Totally Killer” this week, a great debut by super-talent and friend of the blog, Greg Olear. TK is a spot on send-up of 90s thrillers like “The Firm,” where conspiracy and pop culture collide in early 90s New York. Smart, funny, fresh, Olear has written a veritable almanac of the 90s. This baby had me humming Whitney Huston (and liking it!). Another friend of the blog, Brad Listi says this about TK: “*Smart*, unexpected, and wonderfully *savage in its humor*. TK nails, without mercy, the mood and minutiae of a weary *America* at the end of the 20th century. Olear’s characters are *perfectly emblematic* of their times.”
Not only is Greg a great big talent, but he just may be the second hardest working man in literary fiction (three guesses who number one is)! Greg will be guest blogging on Powell’s this week, and blogs regularly at The Nervous Breakdown.
I’m thinking I’ll hit GO up with some questions a month or so down the road, and we can talk about his experience as a debut novelist, one who is really rolling up his sleeves and trying to build a readership, and doing his damndest to control his own destiny in the cold cruel realm of literary fictiondom. In the meantime, pick up TK, and put some bread on a brother’s table.