The Lasko Tangent (Christopher Paget Series #1)by Richard North Patterson
THE NEW YORK TIMES
William Lasko is a self-made millionaire who's got an eye for wealth and influence, the ear of the president, and a talent for using both to get what he wants. Now the Economic Crimes Commission wants the corrupt, untouchable Lasko brought downand U.S. Attorney
"Mr. Patterson is a natural storyteller....Fast moving...A handsome job."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
William Lasko is a self-made millionaire who's got an eye for wealth and influence, the ear of the president, and a talent for using both to get what he wants. Now the Economic Crimes Commission wants the corrupt, untouchable Lasko brought downand U.S. Attorney Christopher Paget is tapped to take on the job.
To gather enough evidence to nail Lasko without alienating the White House, Paget's got to go by the book. But Lasko makes his own rules. And eliminating enemies is William Lasko's golden one....
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Richard North Patterson is the New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels, a former chairman of Common Cause, and a member of the Council On Foreign Relations.
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This is Patterson's first novel, written more than 25 years ago. As a first effort it's not too bad, although it's not great either. The plot involves an investigator at the Economic Crimes Commission who uncovers more than he expects when investigating a possible manipulation of stock price. The protagonist, Christopher Paget, has since appeared in other Patterson novels, including Degree of Guilt. The plot moves quickly and Patterson uses plenty of misdirection to keep you guessing. The characters are a little better than the usual formulaic stereotypes that inhabit most best-selling mysteries, but they are still wooden at times, with stilted dialogue to boot. The ending is a stretch and parts of the plot don't really add up to deliver the pat ending that mystery readers find so enjoyable, where everything makes sense in hindsight. Still, The Lasko Tangent is certainly readable, and not a bad way to pass an afternoon. Don't look for too much substance and you won't be too disappointed.