Money To Burn
Review: Wall Street – the hub of America's economy. James Grippando brings to life just how frighteningly easy it would be to completely destroy the financial institutions that are at the heart of America. Money to Burn is Grippando's latest masterpiece that is guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats and prevent them from sleeping too soundly.
Michael Cantella is a young climber at Saxton Silvers, the most important investment bank on Wall Street, and has it all. He's rich, in love, and on his way to even greater success. On a Saxton Silvers' cruise, Michael and the love of his life spontaneously decide to leave the stuffy Wall Street crew and embark on their own to marry and honeymoon in the Bahamas. Ivy Layton, however, does not get to enjoy her wedding night. Instead she mysteriously disappears and is never to be found. Seven years later, Michael has picked up the pieces and has a new wife, continued success, and an immense bank account. What could possibly go wrong? Apparently everything. The day before Michael turns thirty-five, he comes face to face with the most horrifying reality – his entire bank account has been wiped clean – every penny to his name. Within twenty-four hours, Michael is completely broke, his wife is demanding a divorce, and somehow he is being accused of bringing down the most powerful financial institution on Wall Street. As pieces of the puzzle come together, it seems that the most likely person behind this scheme is Ivy – his deceased wife. Nothing makes sense, and Michael has nowhere to turn – except to his estranged brother who agrees to represent him. Michael must overcome family dissonance, come to terms with his new poverty and homelessness, and realize that everything is nothing like what it seems. But, can he do it and still stay alive? The odds are definitely against him.
Money to Burn is a first-rate thriller. It is utterly terrifying how simple it seems to bring down major financial institutions. In today's economy, this storyline will leave readers completely unsettled. Grippando does an excellent job of creating characters that are easy to love and even easier to hate. The reader can't help but yearn for some kind of justice for Michael Cantella. In his words, "When it comes to financial crimes, secrets, violence and even murder, my Wall Street tale proves that sometimes you can clean up toxic waste, and other times it goes up in flames. Intense, hot, uncontrollable flames." As Michael quickly finds out, sometimes those flames never go out! Money to Burn is also a layering of complex stories that seem completely disconnected, but instead are finely intertwined. Grippando superbly weaves together intricate pasts and character storylines in such a way that each layer is a piece to the puzzle. But that final piece that makes it all come together remains a mystery until the very end. In that Money to Burn is a financial thriller, Grippando uses a plethora of Wall Street terminology. Although this can leave definite confusion for those readers who are not "up" on all the stock market lingo, Grippando does a decent job of clarifying when necessary – though there will still definitely be holes. Without a solid understanding of these terms, the whole explanation of the financial crime will be unclear, but that does not distract from the enjoyment the reader will get from reading. Money to Burn is a gripping read that will leave readers wanting more!
Special thanks to guest reviewer Margo Nauert for contributing her review of Money To Burn.
Acknowledgment: HarperCollins provided a copy of Money To Burn for this review.
Review Copyright © 2010 — Margo Nauert — All Rights Reserved
Reprinted with Permission
Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Intent to Kill
Harper (Hardcover), May 2009
ISBN-13: 9780061628689; ISBN-10: 0061628689
Location(s) referenced in Money To Burn: New York City, Bahamas
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Money To Burn by James Grippando
Publication Date: February 2010
List Price: $25.99
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