|Ax, the (1997) [Novel]|
by Donald E. Westlake
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(From the publisher):
Burke Devore is a middle-aged manager at a paper company when the cost-cutting ax falls, and he is laid off. Eighteen months later and still unemployed, he puts a new spin on his job search — with agonizing care, Devore finds the seven men in the surrounding area who could take the job that rightfully should be his, and systematically kills them. Transforming himself from mild-mannered middle manager to ruthless murderer, he discovers skills ne never knew he had — and that come to him far too easily.
Original title: The Ax
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Crime/Caper