Lifetime Employment

By Floyd Kemske

"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 corperate satire.

The story of Growth Service, Inc. is told throught 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 two women: 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. And Gene's life is 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 and different sorts of companies.

$19.95 paper, 231 pages, ISBN 0-945774-18-4

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Excerpt from Lifetime Employment

Between eight and the lower floors, the elevator made four stops. Dark suits got on, dark suits got off. With two floors left to go, Faith and Gene finally found themselves alone in the elevator.

"Some of us in Operations are glad you're coming, Gene,"


"We need your help, Gene."

Gene wondered if she'd had one of those personal development courses in which they teach you to repeat people's names a lot.

"Is something wrong?"

Before she spoke, Faith's languid eyes searched his face. He saw something stir in the depths of her eyes.

"We want you to kill larry," she said

The elevator slowed and stopped. The arrival signal chimed, and the doors opened. Faith stared at him expectantly.

"I'll get back to you on that," said Gene.

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