Money to Burn

Money to Burn

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by James Grippando
     
 

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Money to Burn takes off like a rocket from page one and never slows down. Highly recommended.” — Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Vengeance

In this timely stand-alone thriller ripped from the headlines, bestselling author James Grippando (Lying with Strangers, Intent to Kill, Born to Run) explores a world in

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Money to Burn takes off like a rocket from page one and never slows down. Highly recommended.” — Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Vengeance

In this timely stand-alone thriller ripped from the headlines, bestselling author James Grippando (Lying with Strangers, Intent to Kill, Born to Run) explores a world in which the destruction of financial institutions and the people who run them can occur in a matter of hours—even minutes. Fans of John Grisham’s The Firm and the thrillers of Lisa Scottoline and Phillip Margolin are sure to love Money to Burn: a “perfectly mixed cocktail of dry wit, sophisticated voice, believable characters, [and] non-stop suspense” (Joseph Finder, author of Vanished and Paranoia).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Grippando’s overwrought financial thriller gives its hero, Michael Cantella, almost as rude an awakening as Kafka’s Gregor Samsa. Scandals involving subprime lending, short selling, and Ponzi schemes provide a timely backdrop. On the eve of his 35th birthday, Cantella goes from being a star performer at a premier Wall Street investment firm to a financially wiped-out victim of identity theft. His Job-like troubles are just beginning as the fallout not only rocks his second marriage and his firm but sets him up for a life on the run. Grippando (Intent to Kill) keeps the reader guessing why Cantella specifically is targeted and how the vicious and relentless personal attacks relate to the unexplained disappearance (and presumed death) of his first wife on their wedding day seven years earlier. Despite a few plot holes, the dramatic tension remains high with a sadistic hired killer, high-stakes wheeler-dealers, and plenty of cinematic escapes. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
In Grippando's latest, a Wall Street investment banker is neither bull nor bear-he's a lamb led to slaughter. Young Michael Cantella is a fast tracker at Saxton Silvers, a fast track Wall Street investment-banking firm. The good life is his-all the perks and all the toys that inevitably accrue to those extremely clever about money. But the good life is about to take a hit. Honeymooning in the Bahamas, Michael manages to lose his bride. Did beautiful, bright, endlessly sexy Ivy drink too much, fall off their sailboat, and plunge to her death? All anyone can say for sure is that she vanished. That 13-foot tiger shark snagged by a local fisherman? Well, maybe its stomach contents were tell-tale, maybe not. Flash forward four years. Michael, now 35, and a bit less the dazzling wunderkind, remains a Saxton Silvers mainstay with a new beautiful, bright, endlessly sexy wife, and if on occasion thoughts of Ivy darken contentment, he's learned to cope. Then it happens-the relentless, incomprehensible process by which Michael is converted into a modern-day Job. Begin with the night his computer conveys the jaw-dropping news that a $13 million nest egg has vanished as completely and mysteriously as Ivy did. Soon after, Michael finds himself universally deplored as the viper who did the dirty to his own firm, bringing it to the verge of bankruptcy. Moreover-another frame-up-the cops like him for the murder of Chuck Bell, the obnoxious host of a popular TV money show. Clearly, Michael has enemies, and though he doesn't know why they want him ruined, or who they are, they better not sell him short. Grippando (Intent to Kill, 2009, etc.) serves up another full bore assault on plausibility, but his basewon't be put off by that.
Madison County Herald
“Reader Warning Alert: if you plan to read James Grippando’s white-hot thriller Money to Burn, push all your scheduled activities back for a few days. It’s impossible to put down. . . . His best yet. . . . Money to Burn is a real-time, heart-racing gamble.”
National Examiner
“[A] gripping thriller.”
Romantic Times
“Grippando’s latest thriller couldn’t be more timely. . . . All the elements you expect from a Grippando novel are here, including interesting characters, a plot filled with nonstop action and suspense, and continual surprises. A splendid read.”
South Florida Sun Sentinel
“James Grippando skillfully uses the financial meltdown, along with Ponzi schemes and identity theft, in an exciting and timely thriller. . . . This is a thriller through and through.”
Booklist
“Grippando is a skilled writer, and he works enough variations on the familiar theme to keep us guessing. . . . Recommend this one to fans of Joseph Finder’s PARANOIA, COMPANY MAN, or POWER PLAY.”
Christopher Reich
“A sleek, sophisticated thrill machine. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this blood-soaked tale of murder and intrigue set among Wall Street’s most powerful and unscrupulous players. Highly recommended.”
Brad Meltzer
“MONEY TO BURN will get you so excited and worked up, you just may go out and steal a few million.”
Joseph Finder
“MONEY TO BURN is one of those all-too-rare novels you won’t be able to stop reading once you start. It’s a perfectly mixed cocktail of dry wit, sophisticated voice, believable characters, non-stop suspense, and plenty of vicarious pleasure.”
Library Journal
Ranking among his best, Grippando's latest thriller (after Intent To Kill) will not disappoint his loyal readers. Michael Cantella is a successful 35-year-old financier still living with the nightmare disappearance and death of his first wife, Ivy, on their honeymoon seven years earlier. When he logs on to his computer one day to find that his investment accounts have been cleaned out and subsequently finds his personal and professional lives under attack, the past he thought was buried rises once again. Not only is Michael facing the disappearance of his money and suspicion from the FBI that he may have stolen the funds himself, but he also has to consider the possibility that Ivy may still be alive. As with Grippando's best, the twists and turns are surprising and plentiful, while the protagonist is drawn well enough that the reader cares what happens to him. VERDICT Even those who don't regularly read Grippando will appreciate this latest effort, and there will be plenty of readers staying up late to finish this in one sitting. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/09.]—Craig Shufelt, Fort McMurray P.L., Alberta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061985355
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
93,150
File size:
640 KB

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What People are saying about this

Joseph Finder
“MONEY TO BURN is one of those all-too-rare novels you won’t be able to stop reading once you start. It’s a perfectly mixed cocktail of dry wit, sophisticated voice, believable characters, non-stop suspense, and plenty of vicarious pleasure.”
Brad Meltzer
“MONEY TO BURN will get you so excited and worked up, you just may go out and steal a few million.”
Christopher Reich
“A sleek, sophisticated thrill machine. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this blood-soaked tale of murder and intrigue set among Wall Street’s most powerful and unscrupulous players. Highly recommended.”

Meet the Author

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and now serves as counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea that he’s a dog.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Coral Gables, Florida
Date of Birth:
January 27, 1958
Place of Birth:
Waukegan, Illinois
Education:
B.A. with High Honors, University of Florida, 1980; J.D. with Honors, University of Florida, 1982
Website:
http://www.jamesgrippando.com

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Money to Burn 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on this book from the start all the way to the finish. Michael Cantella is on a cruise vacation with Ivy and they impulsively marry on the cruise. They decide to leave the cruise to go sailing and Ivy disappears, apparently drowned and food for the sharks. Fast forward three years and Michael is remarried, fairly wealthy and one of the top traders as Sexton Silver, a large investment house. During a routine check of his porfolio, Michael discovers that someone has sold all his holdings at a loss and then funnelled all the funds to an off-shore account and then cleaned out that account. In a panic, Michael realizes he is the victim of identity theft. Michael tries to get this investigated but soon learns that his problems are just beginning as someone is doing their hardest to make Michael's firm go out of business. Not only that but they are making it appear as if Michael is behind everything and that he is lying about what happened to his portfolio. Michael's new wife wants a divorce and the FBI is interested in arresting Michael. The book is a non-stop thrill ride a minute and I couldn't put it down. It was like watching a silly movie (eg. American Pie) that you know is far-fetched but you find yourself compelled to watch. As I said what actually happens, is totally unbelievable to the reader and many explanations left me shaking my head. That is why I couldn't give it the full five stars.
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You will be in shock at what happens at the end.
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WIgogirl More than 1 year ago
Have not completely finished the book, but it is really getting interesting. Have always enjoyed Grippando which was the reason I puchased this book. It's a book to take with you while waiting for a doctor's appointment and then wishing the doctor is very late.
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WyWy1 More than 1 year ago
Smart, witty and cleaver writing. The arthur has managed to deliver a story filled with twists and turns thay keeps you turning the page. This is a great read, you won't be disappointed.
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