The Intern's Handbook

The Intern's Handbook

A Thriller

Book - 2014
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"John Lago is an intern at one of the biggest law firms in Manhattan. He clocks eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all of the shit work no one else wants to do . . . and he doesn't make a dime. But John isn't trying to claw his way to the top of the corporate food chain. He was hired to assassinate one of the firm's high profile, heavily guarded partners. His internship is the perfect cover--enabling him to gather intel and secure the access he needs to execute a clean, untraceable kill. A cinematic (and psychopathic) thriller, The Intern's Handbook is John Lago's unofficial survival guide for new recruits at Human Resources, Inc.--John's real employer and a front for one of the most elite assassin training and "placement" programs in the world. What starts as a handbook becomes a darkly comic memoir in which John chronicles his final assignment and takes the reader on a twisted, violent thrill ride in which he is pitted against the strongest adversary he has ever faced--Alice, a federal agent assigned to investigate the same law firm partner John's been hired to kill. In juxtaposition to John's blood-soaked bravado are FBI surveillance transcripts in which he unwittingly exposes the deep scars from his horrific childhood, longs to connect with his true family, and, through Alice, hopes that love will help him find redemption from the body count that haunts his past and threatens his future"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781476733807
Branch Call Number: FICTION KUHN SHANE
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 24 cm


From Library Staff

“How did Shane Kuhn pull this off? He’s written an action-packed, twisting thriller about professional assassins, and–guess what?–it’s funny and romantic, too! In a totally quirky way, of course. You have to read it to believe it.”

Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH

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Apr 07, 2017

omg I gave up after 20 pages !

Jul 21, 2016

I went into this book not expecting much out of it, but this turned out to be one of the better books I’ve read all year. The story follows John Lago, an assassin working for HR Inc., a company that plants interns into large business in order to carry out assassination contracts. John has one final job before leaving behind his life as a professional killer, a job terminating a high-profile law firm partner. Although some of the dialogue is a little cheesy, I found the rest of the writing to be fast-paced and witty with a very interesting style of narration; the protagonist recalled the events of the story and wrote the book to prepare new members of HR Inc. This book is a fun read definitely worth picking up. 4/5 Stars - @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 05, 2015

Interesting concept, but poor execution. Reads like a movie script for a teen boy audience.

Sep 22, 2014

I knew something was wrong with this book when the law firm the story is set at had the same title as the law firm in John Grisham's "The Firm". Throw in a Mad Magazine style "Spy vs Spy" where the rivals who have the same target fall in love, and it goes downhill from there. For a highly respected screenwriter who co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival, this was a pathetic effort at writing. Truly Madly Off in All Directions.

Jul 18, 2014

I wasn't sure about this book when I initially picked it up, but I enjoyed it so much. The humour, the mystery, all of it. A great read!

ChristchurchLib Jun 08, 2014

"Written in the form of a handbook for new recruits at Human Resources, Inc. (more on that in a minute), this darkly funny, violent tale offers plenty of surprises. For one, HR, Inc. has nothing to do with payrolls or benefits -- rather, it trains society's discarded children to become successful assassins/interns in corporate America. At 24, John Lago is nearing the mandatory retirement age, but he's got one last internship, during which he's supposed to kill a law partner who's been selling the names of people in the witness protection program. His plans, however, may be thwarted by a pretty colleague at the law firm who might also be hiding her true motivation for her employment there. Fans of Josh Bazell's Beat the Reaper will likely enjoy this clever, graphic, and fast-paced debut." Thrillers and Suspense June 2014 newsletter

KateHillier May 27, 2014

There's a review on the back of my edition stating that this Office Space meets Dexter and it's not a bad comparison. Office politics abound in this novel/handbook by a contract killer about his final job before he retires at the ripe old age of 25. He explains everything from how brewing the perfect cup of coffee is the instant gateway to trust and access to how to get in touch with your inner shadow warrior. There's a little bit of everything here and our narrator is constantly spouting movie references, which you will either find great or tiresome. You can certainly tell that the author is a screenwriter as well.

It's a quick read and you'll laugh at the chapter titles if nothing else. It's a fun read that gets a little muddled and trite at the end but that should stop you from picking it. Also should point out that this is also, definitely, for the Grosse Pointe Blank fans out there


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