Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a $60 billion Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave.
For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world's largest Swiss bank, Cushman's fall has unexpected and deadly repercussions. Lloyd's girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses suffered by Cushman's most dangerous victims, a group of powerful investors whose identities and dirty finances are well hidden. What Lilly knows can get her and Patrick killed, and now they are on the run. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, not even each other, they must somehow uncover the truth before they become collateral damage.
A gripping thriller ripped from the headlines, from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, Need You Now brilliantly imagines a terrifying, all-too-possible conspiracy that spreads from Wall Street deep into the halls of government.
|Publish Date:||Oct 2012|
|Number of Pages:||432|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.56|
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Author James Grippando was born in Antioch, Illinois in 1958. He spent one year at the University of Illinois before transferring to the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received his B.A. with high honors and his law degree with honors. While in law school, he was executive editor of the University of Florida Law Review. He was practicing commercial litigation with the law firm of Steel Hector & Davis for 12 years before becoming a full-time writer. He wrote his first two novels while he was still working as a trial lawyer. His novels include the Jack Swyteck series.
Swiss banks, which have always retained a cachet of confidentiality and mystery, have proved excellent fodder for many a thriller's plot, and Grippando's latest is no exception. In the wake of the suicide of Ponzi-scheme mastermind Abe Cushman (think Bernie Madoff), Patrick Lloyd, a Wall Street adviser for the Bank of Switzerland, is sent to its Singapore branch to discover what Lilly Scanlon may know about her client's scheme. When Patrick and Lilly quickly fall in love, they are imperiled as Cushman's most dangerous investors seek to recover their money.
Verdict: Grippando's growing legion of fans will be delighted that recurring character FBI agent Andie Henning (Afraid of the Dark) makes an appearance here. Readers who enjoy a good thriller with a constantly twisting plot will appreciate this timely novel.
- Vicki L. Gregory, Univ. of South Florida Sch. of Information, Tampa
(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Popular suspense author Grippando has written a timely novel that recalls the recent Bernie Madoff scandal. Patrick Lloyd, a young employee of an international Swiss-based bank, is drawn into the search for funds that were hidden by a man behind a Ponzi scheme. As the fraud was revealed, the director of the scheme committed suicide, and his closest colleague was murdered. A few years have passed, and the money is still missing. Patrick and his former girlfriend Lilly, who was also a bank employee, are not the only people hot on the trail of the missing millions.
Verdict: Veteran narrator Jonathan Davis deftly handles the multiple characters and a somewhat overstuffed plot. Recommended for fans of financial suspense.
- Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI
(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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