Larcenyby Salvatore Grasso
The inventor, Dr. Joseph Ralinski, pocketed millions from illegal side deals over the
When self-made millionaire, Richard Gillespie senses his empire is crumbling, he develops a complex plan to save his legacy. Gillespie entices Dr. Bridgette Lonerghan, a university executive, to join his subterfuge in order to gain access to a valuable portfolio of inventions.
The inventor, Dr. Joseph Ralinski, pocketed millions from illegal side deals over the years. Fed up with Ralinski's self-dealing, high-ranking university officials including Provost Iconera; resolve to topple Ralinski's financial fortress.
Lonerghan becomes the target in a game of ego, greed and lust between Gillespie and his nemesis, Louis Jacobson - Lonerghan's boss as well as her former lover. Jacobsen's initial attacks on Gillespie lose focus when Jacobsen discovers his unfaithful wife is drugging him into spousal submission and plots his revenge against both his former lover and his wife.
The combination of Gillespie's drive and determination underpinned by his sensual charm plus Lonerghan's ruthless approach to business and her overwhelming beauty produce a mercurial union."This deal is getting interesting," Gillespie observes. "Three people, three angles. Jacobson, greed and selfishness; Iconera, self-righteousness coupled with mistrust; and finally Ralinski, self-importance and arrogance. The only common denominator is 'self'. The question is how to play this to gain maximum advantage.
FBI involvement escalates the tension and the body count starts to rise.
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Fast-paced, edgy and thought provoking, the initial effort from the author hits high notes for originality and flair. A fast read but not one that you will find easy to put down, Larceny will test the boundaries of business and academia and leave you with the desire to read the sequel!
This was the most action packed book I ever read...everything just kept moving so quickly and the characters were so believable...Awesone...Loved it..!!!
Sexy and smart - this book doesn't talk down to it's readers! Larceny explores a type of crime I never knew existed; greed and corruption in research universities. I actually looked up the Bayh-Dole Act to see if this type of crime could happen, and although this story is completely fictitious, I can see how it could happen under certain circumstances. The subplots hold your interest while the story-line twists keep you guessing who will be left standing when the smoke clears. Plus, I loved Bridgette - so refreshing to see a strong, intelligent, independent female character in this genre! Sal Grasso clearly knows his stuff and I expect to see a lot more great works from this new author soon!