Thicke & Thin

Thicke & Thin is a darkly comic novel about friendship and sacrifice. Within the frenetic world of an upstart public company, executive titles often mask an underlying incompetence and corruption. Amid the struggle, a burnt out CFO is faced with making the ultimate choice: resign in disgrace or watch his friend be sacked. Courage and loyalty were never his strong suits. How will he choose? More

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About Douglas Kimball

Sometimes writer, sometimes executive, I ride the economy barebacked. My unvested stock options have touched the multiple millions and then then crumbled, worthless. Right now I'm fully invested in my own start-up, wishing one moment that I wasn't and the next, glad that I am whatever the final outcome will be. Writing is for me a way to find if not meaning, then comedy in the daily struggle. One smile is worth at least the cost of a book. Enjoy.

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Review by: Larry Koler on Aug. 9, 2012 : (no rating)
This is a fun book to read. Very funny and full of insight. Those two things often go together.
Kimball is able to describe complex aspects of a personality in few words. Though more biographical information becomes available as the story progresses the personalities are fairly locked down in your mind and don't change. Clearly Kimball has an actual person (or composite type) in mind for each character.
Though the scenario is complex, I find that Kimball knows this world well and so he describes it well. The tension builds in a very believable way -- it's a cohesively wrought plot.
Barney Thicke is an odd character to be the star of this book. I hope Kimball himself is more like the stellar Hank Pike than Barney. Otherwise, I would try to dissuade any prospective business partners from relying on him too much.
Final thing: you'll love the comedy club scene.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
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