"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
The Consultant by Bentley Little
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by Cemetery Dance Pubns
CompWare is in serious trouble after a promised merger falls through, so they do what other businesses have done to bolster their public image: they hire a consulting firm to review and streamline their business practices.
But there's something strange about the firm they hire--more specifically, the quirky gentleman who arrives to supervise the project: Mr. Patoff, tall and thin and wearing a bow tie, and with an odd smile that never quite reaches his eyes.
In his first interactions, the consultant asks a few inappropriate questions, and generally seems a nuisance. Over time, Patoff gains more power, to the point where he seems to be running the whole company. He enacts arbitrary and invasive changes to office protocol. He places cameras all over the building, making workers paranoid; he calls employees at all hours of the night, visits some of their homes and menaces their families.
People who defy the consultant get fired… or worse.
They soon realize they're not just fighting for their jobs: They're fighting for their lives.
The Consultant is a biting workplace satire, with the horrific touches only Bentley Little could provide.
New Bentley Little titles are always a cause for celebration, and I can't wait to see his horrific, satiric take on the corporate world. I actually think I may have worked for Mr. Patoff at some point, but I'll have to wait and read the book to be sure. :)