Cal Cunningham, a penniless Manhattan bookstore clerk, has always dreamed of writing a book that would rocket him to the top of the bestsellers list. Almost Like Suicide, the great novel, based on Cal's life, fulfils his every fantasy making Cal the hottest thing in New York. But is Cal the author? And what happened to his flatmate Stewart, who died in a bicycle accident, and had literary aspirations of his own? In John Colapinto's highly acclaimed, wickedly satiric thriller, plagiarism, deception and blackmail culminate in Cal plotting not just his second book, but also his first killing.