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You're terminally ill.

Who do you kill? 

Set in a near-future America, an America that has borne two terms of a Trump presidency and is now in the first term of Donald’s daughter as president, Frank Brill, a retired small-town newspaper editor, lives in a world where the populist policies Trump is currently so keen to pursue have been a reality for some years and are getting even more extreme – an erosion of abortion rights, less and less gun control, xenophobic immigration policies. 

Frank, a good man, has just been given a terminal diagnosis. Rather than compile a bucket list of all the things he’s ever wanted to do in his life, he instead has at the ready his ‘fuck-it list’. Because Frank has had to endure more than his fair share of personal misfortune. And he has the names of those who are to blame for all of the tragedies that have befallen him. 

But eventually, as he becomes more accustomed to dishing out cold revenge and the stakes get higher and higher, and with a rogue county sheriff on his tail, there only remains one name left at the bottom of his fuck-it list. 

©2020 John Niven (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Gripping, terrifying and hilarious – John Niven is our Hunter S. Thompson." (Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt)

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Niven on Top Form

This novel has an audacious plot and is part political satire and part thriller. I loved it and raced through it. The book is not so much a whodunnit but more of a 'when's he going to do it and to whom and how?'. It is a shockingly believable portrait of an America that might just happen if the wrong people stay in control long enough and the right people get angry enough to do something about it. Crisply paced and brilliantly read, this is an absolute must for anyone who loves intelligent satire laced with warmth, wit, sadness and truly just deserts for those that need them.

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Great entertainment

Wonderful. A well crafted, entertaining read, the more enjoyable for knowing Trump didn't win another term. It's a strange thing though, that of the dozen or so books I've read published this year, not one has mentioned Covid 19. This, set later in the 2020s, is another one. It's a bit like setting a book between 1939 and 1945 and ignoring the second is world war.

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TRUMP!!

a great depiction of the way americs is steadily headed. you will laugh and cry.

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Dark but very entertaining

Set in 2025 America during a future Trump presidential dynasty where Ivan has succeeded Donald as president after he has driven through his policies of MAGA. Alarming almost prophetic. Dark humour which has you rooting for the principal character despite his descent into revenge killings as compared to those he murders he is a a good guy at heart who has had his share of tragedy and loss at their hands. i really enjoyed the parody of Trump and the narrator got the accent and mannerisms down to a tee. great listening.

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Like Led Zeppelin's 87th album

It's unfair to judge this by the standards of Kill your friends, but it's also hard not to. Still a fantastic and fearless wordsmith, but the story is thin and weak.

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Good book, well narrated

Very funny, though bound to offend some. if you've read/listened to John Niven before you'll know what to expect. The narration is first class - the rendering of certain characters is eerily true to life.

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A USA what if story, if COVID19 didn't happen.

Thank goodness it's only a story. With the newer developments, thankfully this can stay as fiction.

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This is no laughing matter

I picked this book to listen to partly because the reviews of Niven's other books said how funny they were. This book was not funny: It was satire. The book was well written, entertaining and sadly, all too believable.

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A bit predictable in parts but fun and depressingly believable dystopian picture. Coming soon, sadly!

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Incisive, vivid, and timely

Niven expertly extrapolates all of the US's current maladies into frightening and surreal near future