The Adjustment

The Adjustment

A Novel

Book - 2011/08/01
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Returning vet Wayne Ogden has trouble adjusting to civilian life back in Wichita, Kansas and begins receiving poison pen letters hinting at his secret wartime past in this novel from the author of New York Times Notable Book The Ice Harvest.

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The war is over, but that doesn’t mean things are getting better. For PR man Wayne Ogden or any of the returning vets. The town of Wichita, Kansas?built around the industry of Collins Aircraft and its wealthy founder, Everett Collins?is not how they remember it. Against the background violence committed by the returning soldiers trying to make an adjustment back into civilian life, Wayne attempts to destroy his former mentor and take down Collins Aircraft?the once fabled company that provided planes to Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Wiley Post. All along the way he is haunted by poison pen letters, anonymously sent, that carry threats alluding to his black market work as a supply sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps. As the letters reveal more and more of Wayne’s secretive wartime past, his plan to destroy Collins and his company takes an increasingly darker turn that leads to blackmail, extortion, and murder. Phillips expertly crafts an instant noir classic that presents the birth of a postwar American criminal.

The war is over, but that doesn’t mean things are getting better. For PR man Wayne Ogden or any of the returning vets. The town of Wichita, Kansas—built around the industry of Collins Aircraft and its wealthy founder, Everett Collins—is not how they remember it. Against the background violence committed by the returning soldiers trying to make an adjustment back into civilian life, Wayne attempts to destroy his former mentor and take down Collins Aircraft—the once fabled company that provided planes to Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Wiley Post. All along the way he is haunted by poison pen letters, anonymously sent, that carry threats alluding to his black market work as a supply sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps. As the letters reveal more and more of Wayne’s secretive wartime past, his plan to destroy Collins and his company takes an increasingly darker turn that leads to blackmail, extortion, and murder. Phillips expertly crafts an instant noir classic that presents the birth of a postwar American criminal.


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Returning veteran Wayne Ogden has trouble adjusting to civilian life back in Wichita, Kansas, and begins receiving poison pen letters hinting at his secret wartime past.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2011/08/01
ISBN: 9781582437309
1582437300
Branch Call Number: M PHILLIPS
Characteristics: 224

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lukasevansherman
Jul 15, 2016

While plenty of contemporary writers pay homage to the golden age of hardboiled fiction (the days of Chandler, Hammett, Cain, JIm Thompson), but Scott Phillips not only sets his book in the time period, but also tries to write in a retro style, with mixed results. As a big fan of noir in film and fiction, I appreciate the effort, but it also felt a bit forced and, really, only James Ellroy, the Demon Dog of Crime Fiction, can pull it off. Still, it's a swift, pulpy read that will appeal to fans of the genre. Phillips also wrote "The Ice Harvest," which was filmed with John Cusack and Billy Boy Thornton.

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PearlyBaker
Jun 16, 2016

Another stunning display of country pulp western noir. My favorite thing about this book is my favorite thing about books in general. I love when a sentence or chapter leads me into a whole other realm or genre for a spell. In this case Phillips referenced the Machine in Kansas City shortly after Pendergast died which reminded me how I have always wanted to research the vivid organized criminal history in Kansas City. So I thank you Mr. Phillips for yet another awesome portrayal of what really goes in our secret, sordid lives of vice, greed, avarice and lust. I wonder what the world would be like if people were more honest and did not pretend to be well. I find it interesting how nearly every loud mouthed republican, religious fanatic or preacher raging against the sin of drugs and homosexuality always gets caught getting two dollar squeezers high on trucker crank.

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dcafk
Jul 24, 2011

Good read.

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