"Told in a dry, matter-of-fact way, [Lifetime Employment]
is a black comedy, both hilarious and horrifying."
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Growth Services, Inc. has a unique corporate culture: due to an extreme policy of lifetime employment, the only way to get ahead is murder. In Lifetime Employment, Kemske mixes wry humor with a few good twists of suspense to make a refreshing concoction of corporate satire.
The story of Growth Services, Inc. is told through the eyes of Gene, an assistant manager who has given up hope of ever doing what it takes to get ahead. When there is a major reorganization of the company, Gene finds himself with a big promotion and even bigger problems: his first assignment is to kill the head of Computer Operations.
Gene becomes part of plots he doesn't understand. The major plotters are Cynthia, who has taken control of the company, and Faith, a computer operations manager, who has her own ideas about how the company should be run. Each of them needs Gene to carry through her plan. Gene's life becomes as out of control as his company; both are as comic as they are tragic.
Office politics, reorganization, dog-eat-dog world — all these terms will take on a new meaning when you read this darkly humorous novel. It is the first of a series of corporate nightmares featuring different protagonists, different sorts of companies, and different literary genres. This one is a thriller.
$19.95 cloth, 231 pages, ISBN 0-945774-18-4. Also available as an e-book.
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