Headlined the list of Best New Fall Reads at Daily Candy (Chicago) and made the cut at Bakotopia.
The New York launch party was listed at Time Out New York as one of the ingredients for a perfect weekend.
Bruce DeSilva, longtime enterprise editor and inveterate book reviewer at AP, had this to say: "Lock Ted Bundy, Franz Kafka, and Terry Southern in a room with a typewriter and they might produce something like Totally Killer...This darkly comic, beautifully written tale of conspiracy, sex and obsession in 1990s New York City deserves a wide audience."
In the preface to my Book Notes entry, Largehearted Boy called TK "a comic thriller that immerses the reader in the early '90s, an impressive debut from a talented author whose writing I have long admired at The Nervous Breakdown online literary collective."
Chronogram (Hudson Valley) said that "this wacky tale of capitalist aspirations run way beyond amok…[is] a dark, hilarious, and original fable, well worth reading," and Hudson Valley Magazine called me funny and dark.
Stephanie Turza at The Front Table wrote an excellent review, concluding that TK is "a fun and refreshing comic thriller."
Props from The Inside Cover, Confessions...of a Real Librarian, and the Five Borough Book Review.
Big love from the boys at Three Guys One Book, as well as my old novelist friend Colleen Curran.
“Smart, unexpected, and wonderfully savage in its humor. TOTALLY KILLER nails, without mercy, the mood and minutiae of a weary America at the end of the 20th century. Olear’s characters are perfectly emblematic of their times.”
— Brad Listi, author of Attention. Deficit. Disorder.
"It's American Psycho meets I Love the '90s. It's The Firm with an ironic, sexy twist. Flawless writing, funny, sweet, and thrilling, TOTALLY KILLER is a fast moving page-turner that had me hooked from the first page."
—Colleen Curran, author of Whores on the Hill
"Somehow, Greg Olear has managed to channel the irreverent ghost of Hunter Thompson, doused it with Flannery O'Connor's DNA, piped in the dark, smart, unsettling humor of some long lost kid brother to the late giant, David Foster Wallace, and from this unlikely mix gifted the planet with his own unique, riveting, Voice of a Generation-ish debut novel...all rendered with a demented splendor that serious, jaded readers generally claw through New Fiction bins until their fingers are bloody trying to find. Spare your tender digits — pick up this book immediately. Greg Olear stands out as one of the few 'New Voices' in contemporary fiction whose writing actually deserves the moniker. The title doesn't lie — TOTALLY KILLER truly is."
— Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
"Olear has created a veritable almanac of the '90s. TOTALLY KILLER is, well, totally killer. You'll laugh. You'll cringe. You'll weep. You may even find yourself humming Whitney Houston."
—Jonathan Evison, author of All About Lulu
My name is Greg Olear. I was at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., on November 13, 1972, at 9:26 PM. That makes me a Scorpio with Leo Rising, as you can see from this chart.