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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Sellout is a sleuth mystery thriller by Andrew Diamond. Joe McElwee has finally attained mainstream success with a pulpy thriller bestseller after spending years on literary works that left him financially destitute. However, his recent success can't satisfy his conscience or his friend, Veronica Wentworth, who was a fan of his earlier works. Veronica puts a curse on Joe that somehow catapults him into the world of a hugely popular thriller writer Joe loathes, Niall Turner. He suddenly finds himself in 1940s Los Angeles as one of the Turnerverse protagonists, Joey Sternjaw. Now, he has to solve the murder of a wealthy woman whose married granddaughter, Dorothy, is having an affair with Joe. Meanwhile, Veronica is also in this world as a femme fatale. Will Joe be able to solve the mystery and return home unscathed?
Andrew Diamond has crafted an entertaining part satire, part sleuth mystery yarn that pokes fun at mass market action thrillers with hilarious results. The Sellout tells the tale of an author struggling to tread the fine line between literary accomplishment and financial success without compromising his creativity. The story is divided into three parts, with the narrative seamlessly switching genres between drama, satire, thriller, romance, and even comedy. Joe is a multifaceted protagonist with inner turmoil over his choices and decisions, and it makes him such a fascinating character to follow. Both Veronica and Dorothy have distinct personalities and bring something unique of their own to the narrative. The ending is somewhat bittersweet yet satisfying nonetheless. I think sleuth mystery enthusiasts and thriller lovers will find a lot to love in The Sellout!