The Intern's Handbook: A John Lago Thriller by Shane KuhnThe Intern's Handbook: A John Lago Thriller by Shane Kuhn

The Intern's Handbook: A John Lago Thriller

byShane Kuhn

Paperback | February 24, 2015

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**INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER** Best of the Year—Seattle Times
An elite assassin goes undercover as an unpaid office lackey in The Intern’s Handbook, “a sexy, darkly comic thriller with cinematic flourishes” (New York Daily News).

“Imagine Dexter working in The Office” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) and you have John Lago, intern at one of the biggest law firms in Manhattan. He clocks eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all of the grunt work no one else wants to do…and he doesn’t make a dime. But John isn’t trying to claw his way to the top of the corporate food chain. He was hired to assassinate one of the firm’s high profile, heavily guarded partners. His internship is the perfect cover—he can gather intel and secure the access he needs to execute a clean, untraceable kill. “Faceless and forgettable, an intern’s as invisible as a ninja in fluorescent lights—and, at least in John Lago’s case, just as deadly” (

The Intern’s Handbook begins as an unofficial survival guide for new recruits at Human Resources, Inc.—a front for one of the most elite assassin training and “placement” programs in the world—and becomes a chronicle of John’s final assignment, a twisted, violent thrill ride in which he is pitted against the strongest (and sexiest) adversary he has ever faced: Alice, a federal agent assigned to investigate the same law firm partner John’s been hired to kill.
Title:The Intern's Handbook: A John Lago ThrillerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:February 24, 2015Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from only cause i picked it from the cover i saw this hanging around the business section at my chapters on my own and thought it was something completely different and purchased on blind faith. joke was on me. still a fun book, just not what i thought i bought :P
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read An interesting take on the murderer for hire
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! They're everywhere. You just might not see them - or overlook them as your gaze sweeps around your workplace. They're somewhat invisible. They're.....interns. From the opening pages of Shane Kuhn's novel The Intern's Handbook. "You can tell executives your name a hundred times and they will never remember it because they have no respect for someone living at the bottom of the barrel, working for free. The irony is that they will heap important duties on you with total abandon. The more of these duties you voluntarily accept, the more you will get, simultaneously acquiring TRUST AND ACCESS. Ultimately, your target will trust you with his life and that is when you will take it." Uh huh - paid assassins from a little company known as Human Resources Inc. John Lago is one of the senior ops - he's almost twenty five and won't be able to pass himself off as an intern for much longer. The Intern's Handbook is words of wisdom for those coming behind him - and a detailed description of his last job. One that doesn't go to plan. At all. I thought The Intern's Handbook was a fun read - yes it's about hired killers - but it's darkly humourous. The dialogue is razor sharp and witty. Yes, some of the scenes and actions are over the top, but it makes for one heck of an action packed read. As I was reading, I started thinking this would make a great action film. Well, Kuhn himself is a screenwriter - and it shows. He absolutely knows how to write a fast moving thriller. And The Intern's Handbook is indeed going to be a movie (starring James Franco - good choice!) For those who might be thinking this is a male oriented book? I don't think I mentioned Alice - the FBI agent who puts a wrinkle or two into John's last job. Keep your eye out for the next John Lago (and Alice!) book - Hostile Takeover - due out in July of 2015. Readers who enjoyed Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell would enjoy this book. Fair warning - gentle readers may be offended by some situations and language.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't read this is if you are a feminist This book reads like an action movie, with lots of action, but poor characterization, a nonsensical conceit, and shoddy plotting. The main character, John Lago, is basically a 25-year-old James Bond. What Lago has in common with Bond is having no conscience and basically womanizing all day long. He drinks, he does drugs, he survives impossible situations, invents impossibly convenient gadgets, has daddy issues, and still manages to fool high-status businessmen that he is a harmless fool. John Lago is unlikeable, hypocritical, contradictory and a general scumbag. The conceit of this book is that Lago tells the reader, a new intern at the Human Resources assassin company, his tricks of the trade as he was one of the best assassins. I didn't enjoy the structure because it positioned the reader in an unrelatable role as one of the assassin interns, who are supposed to be heartless, unloved killers with no family or friends. However, what I really disliked about this book was that every woman was treated as just a sexual object for Lago to ogle or manipulate: the best example of this is Alice, his girlfriend who is basically a poorly-conceived sexual fantasy, whom Lago repeatedly drugs, fights, and gropes in order to get what he wants. I could probably forgive this book if its treatment of women were better. As it is, I don't recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Thoroughly enjoyed all of the twists and turns this book has to offer!
Date published: 2014-07-31

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“A serious guilty pleasure.”