The Adjustment

The Adjustment Scott Phillips
  • Title: The Adjustment
  • Author: Scott Phillips
  • ISBN: 9781607477303
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Adjustment Scott Phillips The Adjustment Wichita The war is over and the boys are coming home But some cannot adjust to the nonviolent world of civilian life The Adjustment follows Wayne Ogden careening like a pinball through a troubl
    Wichita, 1946 The war is over, and the boys are coming home But some cannot adjust to the nonviolent world of civilian life The Adjustment follows Wayne Ogden careening like a pinball through a troubled postwar Midwest Wayne, an ex supply sergeant, black marketer, and pimp, is trying hard to make it as a husband, father and civilian in Wichita, Kansas But old temptaWichita, 1946 The war is over, and the boys are coming home But some cannot adjust to the nonviolent world of civilian life The Adjustment follows Wayne Ogden careening like a pinball through a troubled postwar Midwest Wayne, an ex supply sergeant, black marketer, and pimp, is trying hard to make it as a husband, father and civilian in Wichita, Kansas But old temptations keep crying out to him as he serves as bag man and procurer for his elderly and increasingly debauched boss, Everett Collins, founder of Collins Aircraft Company, and Wayne s wandering eye makes it hard for him to stay true to his beautiful, trusting young wife Sally A series of events further complicates matters A boardroom conspiracy at Collins aimed at throwing him out on the street his increasing certainty that he knows the identity of the Wichita Butcher, whose specialty is leaving severed body parts in public places and finally, his failure to identify the author of a series of poisoned pen letters from someone who knows about his recent past than he wants revealed When these elements converge, it s all Wayne can do to keep his wits about him and orchestrate a bloody series of events that will determine whether he can stay in his hometown or go on the run Wayne s problem is that he doesn t know which prospect sounds worse.
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    1. Doctor Groff was his usual curt self, but I could tell he was impressed to have such a luminary in his office I offered to leave the room but Collins wanted me there We sat across the desk from the doctor, who made a steeple of his fingers and nodded, frowning, at everything Collins said I don t believe you, Groff said when the old man repeated his boast of having gotten laid every day of his adult life Well, damn near anyway Some days than once so it amounts to the same thing Groff shrugged An [...]

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    2. Wayne Ogden was a corrupt supply sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps during World War II Now that the war has ended, he s attempting, without much success, to adjust to civilian life in Wichita, Kansas Ogden has landed a job in the PR department of Collins Aircraft, but he actually knows little or nothing about public relations His principal responsibility is babysitting his wealthy employer, Everett Collins, who founded the company before the war but who is now interested principally in booze, [...]

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    3. Reminds me a lot of the sleazy pulps by Orrie Hitt and to a lesser extent Lawrence Block written under his many aliases by which the central character is adulterous and without morals Lust drives his desire for womanly conquest despite having an attractive pregnant wife at home True, there aren t many redeeming qualities to Wayne Ogden, a war vet of sorts who dealt in prostitutes and goods prior to taking up a job at Collins Aircraft as the boss bodyguard nee babysitter, but that s the point Ogd [...]

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    4. This novel set in Wichita, Kansas in 1946 reads like a cross between Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson.The protagonist narrator Wayne Ogden is one year out of the Army having served in Italy during World War II moonlighting as a Quarter Master Sergeant but in reality gainfully employed as a pimp and black marketeer.Wayne is a sociopath with an insatiable appetite for mayhem and finding fall guys he can fit into any series of the endless frame ups he devises whenever it suits him or can further e [...]

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    5. this publisher went bust, but counterpoint is taking book and publishing it in 2011 yes after a Loooong wait scott phillips gets his new novel out, and it s a doozy of fighting, fucking, hopping and hangovers, plus some dirty dealings with dirty docs, helping hands to some who deserve it and revenge, cuckolding, senseless violence, history lessons about history you never hear about, and Kansas maybe not as tight of plot hell, it s barely there as his earlier Cottonwoodand not maybe as intriguing [...]

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    6. Thoroughly enjoyed Its 3.77 average rating is too low IMHO I knew Scott Phillips only as the author of the novel, The Ice House, which admittedly, I ve never read, but I appreciate the movie no end so, it s been on my To Read list for too long, and I haven t read it yet I found a copy of The Adjustment in my favorite used bookstore and savored every line.I am now a Scott Phillips fan and intend to read of him soon.

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    7. Reviewed for Library Journal in August LJ Express ReviewsMeet Wayne Ogden, a former master sergeant in the U.S Army, who desperately misses the war Wayne never saw any action but created plenty of it in Italy his tour was spent pimping girls and fencing stolen goods for a hefty profit Now back in Wichita, KS, he finds himself saddled with a pregnant wife and the insatiable demands of his boss, Everett Collins Wayne s job is to keep the old man supplied with women and liquor while keeping his nam [...]

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    8. I m sitting here wondering just why I enjoyed The Adjustment so damn much Nothing much happens in the way of plot and the main protagonist is a self interested SOB that can t ditch his pregnant wife fast enough Still, I was rooting for him by the end and laughing at his demented sense of humor and twisted worldview Scott Phillips is that good and it s his confident and unique voice, that very rare ingredient to transcendent fiction, that makes this very black noir novel sing The little details a [...]

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    9. Nasty, nasty boy, is the phrase in my head attached to Wayne Ogden, protagonist of The Adjustment Also, man slut and sociopath And I mean that in the nicest way I m drawn to this tale of a corrupt former WWII quartermaster the way I couldn t look away from both the porn stash and crime mag collections belonging to the sportscaster I used to babysit for Phillips stays true to noir sensibilities while giving readers actual characters to reckon with From the dizzying number of willing women to the [...]

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    10. It takes impressive skills to write a crime novel about things such as boredom and domestic alienation Scott Phillips does it, using a lot of humor and a free spirited story structure His character Wayne Odgen is charming, witty, depraved and arrogant, but he s also the craftiest con in the bleak streets of Wichita THE ADJUSTMENT plays in the league of James Ellroy s L.A Quartet novels in the depiction of mid century American underworld Wichita might not be the chaotic urban sprawl of L.A, but i [...]

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    11. Everyone has a writer about whom they say, No one else writes like this Excepting the times the phrase is used as a meaningless platitude which is too often , this means the author in question has gotten off the main trail and is finding his or her own way and no one is likely to follow because it s scary down there No light, no handholds, forks and switchbacks that can get you lost in a heartbeat, never to be heard from again Sheer rock wall to your left, a thousand foot drop on your right, and [...]

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    12. The Adjustment is gritty and dark, full of sex, prostitution, bad language, drinking, drug abuse, blackmail, fighting and even murder None of the main characters are heroic, or tragic, or even decent people Main character Wayne Ogden is not a romanticized Wild West outlaw, he s someone you don t want to mess with whether you realize it or not And although I couldn t quite root for him, I was curious about what was going to happen to him.The book starts as Ogden is back from WWII, back to his job [...]

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    13. I have to admit, I was pretty amped about reading this book I liked The Ice Harvest both the book and Harold Ramis s film adaptation , I have enjoyed other books on guys returning from World War II to my hometown like both my grandfathers did , and I think Phillips has a good, raw style in his prose One of my best friends an English teacher recommended it At the end of the day, though, I like having a protagonist with which I can empathize, and this book is basically a couple of months in the li [...]

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    14. NB I know Scott in real life and think he is an absolute peachWayne Ogden is a delightful bastard, and Scott Phillips idiosyncratic postwar Kansas is gritty, grimy and a hell of a lot of fun.Without digging into the details of the plot, The Adjustment deals with America s movement from wartime to peacetime footing, to the social distortions created when hundreds of thousands of shell shocked GIs returned from WWII, from America s transition from a scrappy upstart to the world s leading industria [...]

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    15. The anti hero of this novel, PR man Wayne Ogden, may be the nastiest fictional narrator I ve encountered since reading C.S Lewis The Screwtape Letters Everything he says and does subverts the dual cliche s of The Greatest Generation and Midwestern values Ogden is a returning Army veteran from World War II but his service was in the quartermaster corps, where he made tons of money as a black marketeer and a pimp Now back home in Wichita, he s got a steady job and a wife who loves him but his job [...]

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    16. I would like to give this one than three stars, but I enjoyed the book for personal reasons, so I don t know if I can promote 3.5 up to 4 I like the post WWII time frame of the book, but that s because I ve been trying to write novels set in a similar time Also, the book is set in Wichita, Kansas, where I grew up, so I got a kick out of recognizing a lot of the street names and places.But I have to be honest I don t really know what the point of the novel was Unless it was some sort of American [...]

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    17. THE ADJUSTMENT 2011 Scott Phillips The title, apparently, comes from the adjustment returning GIs had to make to civilian life upon their return after WW II One such returnee though not typical was Wayne Ogden He spent the war in the Quartermaster Groups in London and Rome, and became one of the ones that knew how to use the system to his advantage He was a strong proponent of the black market and also pimped on the side When he returned to his native Wichita, he takes a job with Collins Aircraf [...]

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    18. What a nasty protagonist Wayne Ogden is This is an almost plotless very noir tale that may not be everyone s cup of tea WWII is over and Wayne is a returning vet, having spent his time quite lucratively during the war as a supply sargeant in the Quartemaster Corps He pimped girls and traded in stolen goods He returns to Witchita, Kansas, to his wife Sally, who becomes pregnant Wayne is not happy about this Although Sally is described as being absolutley gorgeous, Wayne spends most of his time ca [...]

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    19. Another stunning display of country pulp western noir My favorite thing about this book is my favorite thing about books in general I love when a sentence or chapter leads me into a whole other realm or genre for a spell In this case Phillips referenced the Machine in Kansas City shortly after Pendergast died which reminded me how I have always wanted to research the vivid organized criminal history in Kansas City So I thank you Mr Phillips for yet another awesome portrayal of what really goes i [...]

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    20. I ve read a lot of books, and Wayne Ogden is the biggest jerk of a character I can remember coming across He s a backstabbing, blackmailing, and brutal person He cheats on his wife mercilessly, hangs around people he openly despises, and manages to effortlessly get any woman who crosses his path He gets away with everything and goes out of his way to make everyone else in the novel completely miserable Did I enjoy the book More or less I d never read a novel set in Wichita before, and the other [...]

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    21. This was my first foray into Scott Phillips work and I have to say he writes the antihero narrative well Wayne Ogden isn t loveable, but he has his appeal A resourceful functionary in the life of Everett Collins, Ogden is a drug peddler, womanizer and all around thug He serves his purpose well for Everett, but the realization hit me that he s mostly irredeemable I like the character a lot, but akin to the myriad of folks on Sopranos, he s simply not a good person This may seem obvious, but my at [...]

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    22. I found this to be very well written, a good story and able to keep me interested throughout That being said, it is not always an easy book to read not for the easily offended or faint of heart The central character hasn t a single redeeming quality He only is concerned with his own well being, not his pregnant wife, his employer, no one but himself He is willing to do whatever it takes to protect himself and his own interests, no matter who he hurts to do it I usually don t like a story where I [...]

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    23. Sweet Jesus You would almost have to go back to Jim Thompson s The Killer Inside Me to find a brutal tale told from the perspective of a breezy unreliable narrator The difference being that in Thompson s book the narrator realized he had an unquenchable darkness within, whereas this go blithely destroys everyone in his path seemingly without any conscience whatsoever The brilliance of the writing being in drawing you in and subversively making you relate to some degree with the sociopath There [...]

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    24. Wayne Ogden, an ex supply sergeant who fought in WW II as black marketer and a pimp, returned to Wichita, KS, to build up a respectable living with his beautiful wife.Wayne, although officially a PR man in Collins Aircraft, is preoccupied as a special errand gofer for his boss, delivering drivers, bodyguards, drugs, and women, not particularly in that order Readapting adjusting to civilian life doesn t go well when you re living on the dark sides of life.This book is not for sensitive softies i [...]

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    25. This is the 3rd book of Scott Phillips that I ve read and there seems to be a underlining theme in all of them where the protagonist is a not so good person working under and for the man Who s definitely not a good person, in fact he s a scumbag of infinite proportions There s always illegal activity, corruption, and sexual maladies The settings are small town middle America The protagonist, a somewhat likeable rouge And with these sort of duplicate plots one would think it d be boringly repetit [...]

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    26. Mr Phillips brings us the post World War life and times of a veteran pursuing fast money and faster women in a manner familiar to the dark protagonists of Thompson and Cain While The Adjustment owes a tip of its fedora to those authors, its heightened ultra violence and sexual descriptions manages to feel even authentic With a shrewd use of the occasional era specific vernacular angel maker for abortion doctor and blind pig for illegal bar Scott Phillips has crafted a dangerous world that s fun [...]

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    27. I liked it, though it was a bit on the episodic side Not really one connected story so much as vignettes about the main character, who looks worse and worse as the book goes on Then it just ends not really a conclusion, but things just tail off Is this guy coming back in another, developed book I love Phillips books, and it s great to have him back after too long a stretch, but this one just didn t quite do it for me.

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    28. Plenty entertaining This book is all about the characters, who were vivid and disgusting and vibrant and just fabulous I felt the story was relegated to a secondary role, as each time the protagonist faced some conflict or challenge, he resolved it with little fanfare That said, it is worth to read this book just to get to know the cast Well done.

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    29. A fascinating homage to the noir classics of the 40s An Army Quartermaster Black Marketeer Pimp adjusts to life back in Wichita after WWII At heart he is still a scam artist can he make it work stateside I ve really enjoyed Scott Phillips work ever since The Ice Harvest and it s nice to see he is in good form here.

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    30. Lame the first person narrator is annoying as all hell modern writers need to accept the fact that they cannot write like the old hard boiled masters, and this book is a prime example What a colossal waste of time this turd of a book was.

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