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The Intern's Handbook: A John Lago Thriller (Paperback)
April 2014 Indie Next List
“I have a twisted sense of humor and so does Shane Kuhn, the author of this darkly funny novel of office work and assassination - something like what you might get if Joshua Ferris and Josh Bazell ever collaborated. It's full of misdirection, red herrings, and characters so layered with secret identities and hidden agendas that even they may not know the truth. If you learn nothing else from this exciting, exhilarating debut, take this lesson to heart: If the intern offers to make you coffee, just say 'No, thank you.'”
— Billie Bloebaum, Powell's Books At PDX, Portland, OR
**INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER** Best of the Year--Seattle Times
An elite assassin goes undercover as an unpaid office lackey in The Intern's Handbook, "a sexy, darkly comic thriller with cinematic flourishes" (New York Daily News). "Imagine Dexter working in The Office" (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) and you have John Lago, 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 grunt 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--he can gather intel and secure the access he needs to execute a clean, untraceable kill. "Faceless and forgettable, an intern's as invisible as a ninja in fluorescent lights--and, at least in John Lago's case, just as deadly" (NPR.org). The Intern's Handbook begins as an unofficial survival guide for new recruits at Human Resources, Inc.--a front for one of the most elite assassin training and "placement" programs in the world--and becomes a chronicle of John's final assignment, a twisted, violent thrill ride in which he is pitted against the strongest (and sexiest) adversary he has ever faced: Alice, a federal agent assigned to investigate the same law firm partner John's been hired to kill.