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The Amateur American

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Sometimes the hardest boundaries to see . . .are the ones you've already crossed.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Delanne is teaching English in France but having a tough time stretching his measly paycheck one month to the next. When he's not worrying about his bar tab, he's struggling with the language, trying to justify his country's 'imperialist' actions to every French person in sight, and wondering just what the hell he's doing abroad.

Desperate for a few quick euros, Jeffrey takes on some translating work for an eccentric Arab businessman. But the job turns ugly, and Jeffrey is forced to do things he never thought himself capable of, torn among guilt, a host of criminal impulses, and a haunting paranoia he'd never known back home.

But maybe it's not just paranoia. Soon Jeffrey's colleagues, his students, and even the women in his life begin hinting at dark secrets, and Jeffrey starts to suspect that he's been lured into a brutal game whose implications go far beyond this unassuming corner of the world.

Now his life may depend on his willingness to transform himself into something-someone-who'll stop at nothing to survive.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A superior work of action-packed suspense... A natural-born writer, Elmore's got an ear for dialogue and an eye for intrigue. The combination equals reading pleasure." - John Lescroart

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Paperback Editions

August 2009 : USA Paperback

Title: The Amateur American
Author(s): Joel Saunders Elmore
ISBN: 0-307-45287-5 / 978-0-307-45287-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Amateur American
Author(s): Joel Saunders Elmore
Publisher: Crown
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