Bottom Lineby Marc Davis
Two strong businessmen who run a colossal management consulting and accounting firm find themselves battling one another to save it. One is the founder and a ruthless CEO, the other an idealistic senior executive. They were once as close as father and son, the older man mentor to the younger, but their relationship collapses along with the economy. When the CEO
Two strong businessmen who run a colossal management consulting and accounting firm find themselves battling one another to save it. One is the founder and a ruthless CEO, the other an idealistic senior executive. They were once as close as father and son, the older man mentor to the younger, but their relationship collapses along with the economy. When the CEO instigates a series of financial crimes, using fraudulent accounting to deceive clients and insider trading to reap millions for himself. When he absconds with millions more from a partners' bonus pool, the younger man hires a private eye to hunt him down.
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Marc Davis is a published novelist, former newspaper reporter, an award winning painter and art teacher, former commodity broker at the Chicago Board of Trade, the author of several children's books, and a freelance journalist whose articles have been published in national print and online periodicals and on the Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University consumer websites. His local history column, "Yesterday", ran for more than five years in The Chicago Tribune. His novel, "Dirty Money" was nominated for an award as best novel in its category by the Prvate Eye Writers of America.
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By the end of this novel I’ve realized that, just maybe, some people really are in business for something real, not just fortune or fame. The story’s practical depiction of life in the corporate world has flowed into a fast-action drama of humanity too. The mystery’s intriguing. The road to its solution is clever. The surprises stick in the memory. And a falling character in a falling world finds his anchor after all.
Part corporate drama, part action adventure and private eye investigation, Marc Davis’ Bottom Line is set in the economic downturn of the nineties as businesses collapse and those employed to protect them spend more time determining who should be fired than asking for new hirings. Big boss Adrian has no qualms about sending eight men to do four men’s work, and charging the customer more, but the younger narrator still has some principals, or still thinks he has. Whether those principals will serve to keep Nick in his job or get him fired remains to be seen as the story begins, but soon Nick’s star is rising even as the business splutters and begins its fall. Then everything changes. Halfway through the book the story changes gear and an ex-high-flyer wants what’s right. Nick’s lost his girl, his friends, his substitute father, and rather a lot of money. But he’s plenty to spare and when he sets out, almost alone, in search of the thief, it’s clear he can finance his own investigation. Of course, the FBI and SEC are investigating too. And former colleagues have hired a big-league agency to follow the clues. They’re just not quite so good at it. Meanwhile, after causing so many business owners to see their own bottom lines, Nick finds himself looking for a measure of his life. Does he want revenge on the one who betrayed him? Is he still searching for a father figure? Is he in the business of making ends meet, of making the flawed meet their ends, or of bringing a meet and just ending to a broken situation? Is money or fame his “bottom line” or is he driven by something else? By the end of this novel I’ve realized that, just maybe, some people really are in business for something real, not just fortune or fame. The story’s practical depiction of life in the corporate world has flowed into a fast-action drama of humanity too. The mystery’s intriguing. The road to its solution is clever. The surprises stick in the memory. And a falling character in a falling world finds his anchor after all. Disclosure: I was given a free bound galley of this novel by the publisher.
In wake of the Bernie Madoff massive fraud upon the world, a novel (or novels) on questionable business practices could be expected. “Bottom Line” tells a slightly different story of a similar large-scale fraud on a different level: Fraudulent accounting, a violation of securities laws. It is the story of Martell & Co., a top consulting/auditing firm based in Chicago with some of the country’s top companies as clients. With the downturn in the economy, with lower earnings in prospect, the numbers are “massaged” so the stocks of the public companies wouldn’t suffer. The plot involves the study of the principal behind the firm, Adrian Martell, and his son, who perpetrate the shenanigans, and Nick Blake, the number two behind them, who plays a vital role in uncovering the scheme. It is an interesting idea, and, for the most part, well executed, except for some minor points about which the author or editor should have known better. Several times, SEC forms are misnamed (K-8 instead of 8K, or K-10 for 10K), and a statement that corporate information would not be released for several months, despite the legal requirement for immediate disclosure of significant news, raising the question as to how expert the author is on the subject. All in all, it is an interesting and fairly good read, despite these misgivings.
Corporate story line, title gives a strong clue, Nick Blake is working for a business consulting firm, led by a self made successful business man with an ego to match his wealth. The relentless pursuit of riches, it's consequences and how it can affect the lives of others is the main theme. Nick ends up playing detective in pursuit of his mentor. It sets off at a good pace, however the steam is running out by the time the book concludes, but still holds my attention to the end. More could have been done by adding some twists and turns making an excellent story rather than just a good one.