Written Out

Written Out Review

Roger Olivetti's novels never set the world on fire as he had once hoped, but he's contented himself with a comfortable living as an editor, an apartment in downtown Manhattan, and a lovely and bestselling novelist wife. Then the bottom falls out of the publishing industry and his marriage simultaneously, and Roger finds himself living in the basement of his mother's house, in the Long Island town where he grew up.

While he attempts his comeback, old romances are rekindled and old friendships renewed. Things are beginning to look up, but choices that at first seem reasonable lead to preposterously catastrophic consequences, until Roger finds himself looking down at the body of a woman he's just murdered. Soon he's scrambling to stay a step ahead of the local mafia and his mother's book club, as they slowly puzzle out the identity of the killer.

Written Out is a comic thriller in the mold of Carl Hiaasen that deals with questions of class, free will, and whether it's possible to move back to the suburbs without losing your soul.

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    Written Out Reviews

  • Noah Goats

    Written Out is a fast moving, well written, and highly entertaining novel. It’s about a down on his luck book editor named Roger who gets sucked into crime and murder when failures in both his caree...

  • Pamela

    Howard Mittelmark’s Written Out propels the reader through the life and experiences of Roger Olivetti, editor, writer, and husband of a famous novelist. Roger’s life has been mostly successful (th...

  • Kim Lockhart

    This story, written in first person, (but not autobiographical, despite the Manhattan editor protagonist married to a naturally-gifted writer) is an absurd lark in the best ways, and delightfully poke...

  • Tim Hicks

    I didn't especially enjoy this while reading it, and indeed there were times when I was skimming. but in memory it's growing on me. Imagine New York nebbish who keeps being presented with difficult ch...

  • Sheila

    A famous writer might give life to words. A kind-hearted murderer might take lives that have no meaning. But the wannabe writer, might-be murderer, protagonist in this novel ends up trying to rational...

  • Tony

    If you need to like your protagonists from the outset, this book is not for you. But if you can have fun listening to the justifications and reasoning of a man coming undone, especially as he falls fr...

  • Chris Tiernan

    This book was a very fun ride. I was drawn to it because I follow the author on Twitter and find his posts intelligent, funny, dryly cynical, philosophical and unique to read in a sea of uniformity. H...

  • Emily Darwin Mittelmark

    Radically new calibre of work from this author. The plot and tone directly address and play with the structure of fiction in an abstract sense, and are delightful all the way through. Publisher's Week...

  • Kaufmanic

    I started reading this because I've always really liked Howard's tweets, and so was curious to read the novel. I've ended up reading the entire thing in a single sitting, something I haven't done in a...

  • Carole B

    Do you ever finish a novel and wonder if the raving quotes on the back were the result of a ransom request rather than those famous and reliable people actually liking the book?The cover is bad. And t...