Need You Now

Need You Now

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by James Grippando
     
 

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Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a $60 billion Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave.

For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world's largest Swiss bank, Cushman's fall has unexpected and deadly repercussions. Lloyd's girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses suffered by Cushman's most

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Overview

Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a $60 billion Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave.

For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world's largest Swiss bank, Cushman's fall has unexpected and deadly repercussions. Lloyd's girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses suffered by Cushman's most dangerous victims, a group of powerful investors whose identities and dirty finances are well hidden. What Lilly knows can get her and Patrick killed, and now they are on the run. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, not even each other, they must somehow uncover the truth before they become collateral damage.

A gripping thriller ripped from the headlines, from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, Need You Now brilliantly imagines a terrifying, all-too-possible conspiracy that spreads from Wall Street deep into the halls of government.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist (starred review)
“Grippando has definitely reached a new level with this series entry. . . . One of his best.”
Romantic Times
“Filled with twists and turns and edge-of-the-seat tension.”
Booklist on Need You Now
“A timely and solid plot-driven read....Another Grippando gripper.”
Associated Press on Need You Now
“Readers looking for a great thriller will see a master at the top of his game in Need You Now.”
Miami Herald on Need You Now
“Superb...Current events have proved that financial thrillers set against the background of Wall Street, banking and investments can be as exciting as any espionage drama, and Grippando makes the most of this backdrop in Need You Now while delivering a character-rich plot.”
Sun-Sentinel (South Florida) on Need You Now
“Grippando’s use of current events adds realism to his novels, and this ripped-from-the-headlines approach brings a sense of urgency to Need You Now. The action is nonstop but Grippando also brings the same sense of realism to his characters.”
Iron Mountain News on Need You Now
“A brilliant blend of financial chicanery and government conspiracy which yields a story that is all too believable.”
Publishers Weekly
A Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff proportions drives this winning financial thriller from bestseller Grippando (Money to Burn). Abe Cushman, “a former chairman of the NASDAQ stock market and a force on Wall Street trading for nearly fifty years,” commits suicide just hours before he’s supposed to report to federal authorities on charges of massive securities fraud. Upwards of billion has disappeared, and some very dangerous investors are extremely upset. Dragged into the hunt for the missing money is Patrick Lloyd, “the junior member on a team of high-net-worth specialists” at the Manhattan office of the International Bank of Switzerland, along with his fellow BOS employee and former girlfriend, Lilly Scanlon. Grippando slowly reveals the twists and turns of his intricate plot while fueling the proceedings with a steady supply of action. A solid ending will leave readers wondering if the author has come up with a solution to the real-life Madoff mysteries that still remain. (Jan.)
Booklist (starred review)
“Grippando has definitely reached a new level with this series entry. . . . One of his best.”
Booklist on Need You Now
“A timely and solid plot-driven read....Another Grippando gripper.”
Romantic Times
“Filled with twists and turns and edge-of-the-seat tension.”
Booklist
"Grippando has definitely reached a new level with this series entry. . . . One of his best."
Library Journal
Swiss banks, which have always retained a cachet of confidentiality and mystery, have proved excellent fodder for many a thriller's plot, and Grippando's latest is no exception. In the wake of the suicide of Ponzi-scheme mastermind Abe Cushman (think Bernie Madoff), Patrick Lloyd, a Wall Street adviser for the Bank of Switzerland, is sent to its Singapore branch to discover what Lilly Scanlon may know about her client's scheme. When Patrick and Lilly quickly fall in love, they are imperiled as Cushman's most dangerous investors seek to recover their money. VERDICT Grippando's growing legion of fans will be delighted that recurring character FBI agent Andie Henning (Afraid of the Dark) makes an appearance here. Readers who enjoy a good thriller with a constantly twisting plot will appreciate this timely novel. [See Prepub Alert, 7/25/11; Grippando is also a lawyer who works at the firm that filed one of the first lawsuits to recover the money of Madoff's victims.—Ed.]—Vicki L. Gregory, Univ. of South Florida Sch. of Information, Tampa
Kirkus Reviews
In Grippando's latest (Afraid of the Dark, 2011, etc.), a Madoff-like character pilfers billions, but some victims don't complain. They kill. Abe Cushman was the hot-from-the-headlines Ponzi purveyor who pulled a Houdini with $60 billion. Now his suicide has left the money lost in the shadows. Patrick Lloyd is a young financial analyst for the International Bank of Switzerland, a too-big-to-fail institution luxuriating on huge accounts accessible only by code numbers. The SEC is hamstrung, but the FBI isn't. Patrick is persuaded by an FBI agent to seek assignment in Singapore. He agrees for selfish reasons. In Singapore, Patrick met and bedded Lilly Scanlon, another BOS analyst. Lilly was the agent for the electronic transfers of $2 billion flowing between Cushman and Gerry Collins' GC Investments in Florida, one of the scheme's feeder funds. Now Collins has been garroted, and Lilly is on the lam. Tony Martin, a witness-protected mobster bilked by Collins, confessed to the murder, but there are other bad actors involved. One is Manu Robledo, an Argentine with connections to South America's Tri-Border region, a lawless outpost where guns and drugs are sold and terrorists find warm welcome. Lilly lands in New York seeking Patrick's help, and as they investigate, the innocent and the guilty are kidnapped, tortured and killed. A complex and mind-dizzying shell game, Grippando's tale is heavy on action and filled with the stereotypical characters necessary to keep pages turning. The new BOS chief is a former Treasury official who must find the money or lose more than his career. There's Mongoose, a one-time covert agent. And then there's a lowly quantitative analyst, a "quant," who diagrammed a plot tracing the billions through a mysterious project code-named BAQ and into hawalas, a worldwide informal banking and money-transfer system often used by the wrong kind of people. Agreeably entertaining, Grippando's novel adds up the collateral damage when billions belonging to the wrong kind of people go missing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061840319
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
611,697
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. Cash Landing is his twenty-third novel. James Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and he now serves as counsel to 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 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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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
New York Times bestselling novelist James Grippando served as counsel for a law firm - a firm that filed one of the initial first class action suits on behalf of Bernie Madoff’s victims. Thus, he has been in the know and aware of how his firm and others were going about trying to retrieve the billions Madoff’s clients lost. Grippando’s observations not only gave him ideas for this intense thriller but also raised important questions in his mind. He was reminded of a book in which an author describes his before-it-all-came-apart investigation into Madoff’s activities. He gave this information to the SEC but they paid no heed. Ergo, the question might be: Could the SEC really have been Wall Street’s biggest bumblers, having this information but either disinclined or not able to use it? Did someone way high up not want it used? And, the jackpot question: Where did the billions go? Need You Now is one of the timeliest thrillers out there - brimming with stunning surprises, covert operations, false identities, and more. Abe Cushman dove 55 stories to his death after his Ponzi scheme was discovered. While the suicide of “a former chairman of the NASDAQ Stock Market and a force on Wall Street trading for nearly fifty years” shocks and affects many, it has deep repercussions for Patrick Lloyd, an up-and-coming Wall Street advisor at a major Swiss Bank, and his girlfriend, Lilly. Actually, Lilly is his ex-girlfriend. She hooks up with him again after he’s threatened with a gun muzzle to his neck and given a message for her. Seems Lilly had an involvement with the missing Cushman money. But Lloyd didn’t know that and as he says there’s just one thing more dangerous than knowing where the billions are: “Not knowing - and having a trained killer think that I did.” You’ve read some shocking Wall Street stories but probably never one like this. - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need You Now is a "high-concept" thriller that provides a plausible and entertaining fictional answer to questions that have yet to be (and probably never will be) answered: how could our government not know Madoff was a fraud, and what really happened to all the money he stole? The Wall Street angle is thoroughly researched and readily understandable even to someone like me who doesn't read the Wall Street Journal every day. While most of the work I have read from this author is set in Miami, he does an amazing job with the New York setting (loved the trips to the Central Park Zoo). I'm guessing the author must have siblings, because the relationship between the lead character Patrick Lloyd and his sister (Connie) is spot on. And even though this is serious subject matter, I appreciated the characters' sense of humor and snarky dialogue ("What you just said is so inaccurate, you should have Tweeted it.") This is everything you want from a good thriller and more.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
The usually dependable Grippando goes off course with this one and tries to cram too many ideas into one story (Maddoff, witness protection, government plots, corporate intrigue, computer hackers, terrorists, mercenaries, et al.). On top of that the title of the book refers to a Lady Antebellum song and really has no bearing on the meat of the plot. Patrick Lloyd was sent to Singapore by a government agent to spy on Lily Scanlon who may have knowledge of two billion dollars that was being funneled through the Bank of Switzerland to off-shore accounts. These funds may be the only money that was not actually part of a Ponzi scheme enacted by Cushman who lost 60 Billion (same amount as Maddoff?). This later leads to Patrick and Lily being hunted by everybody from a mercenary from South America, an ex government agent called Mongoose, and the Treasury Department for which BOS new boss came from. The story gets so convoluted and later brings in a computer nerd (called a quant) named Evan who has a wall chart that looks like it was taken out the the television series "Flashfoward." This quant is able to break encyrption and even to partial decode a memo that has the highest level of encryption. As I said it seems like the author tried to take every type of idea and try to bring them together to make a story. The story is actually difficult to follow and sometimes you need to re-read prior sections to remember who some of the characters are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is getting harder and harder to find books that 1)Keeps me interested from page 1 to the end and 2) that I haven't figured out "who done it" much, much sooner than I ( meaning the reader in general....in my opinion) and 3) are written by an author who has a sense of humor that appears to be as twisted as mine! (That was meant as a compliment). When the book ends, I find myself so disappointed because I don't want it to and frustrated because at that point I have to search for another author/book that I will enjoy and also meet the requirements I've already mentioned. So, do I recommend this book to other readers? Absolutely!! Do I recommend this author? Without a doubt!! Molly Couch-Newcomb Chicago, I'll
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers Favorite James Grippando is not new to the world of literary intrigue. The difficult task is to keep the readers interested and guessing to the end. In "Need You Now", Grippando has accomplished this heavy task. In a Maddof-like plot, Abe Cushman has successfully run a multi-billion Ponzi scheme, only to take his life and leave the mess to the survivors of the scheme. The scheme seems to involve the most reputable Swiss bank. When Wall Street adviser Patrick Lloyd enters the picture, the waters get considerably muddied as it relates to probably suspects in the crime. Lloyd's old girlfriend Lilly is caught up in the web of suspicion and she spends nearly the entire book attempting to extricate herself while Lloyd waxes and wanes in his own suspicions of the motives of the attractive financial expert who seems to know a bit too much and yet knows little if anything about the Ponzi scheme. When the US government steps into the picture, the reader needs to concentrate hard and pay attention to each and every detail. Grippando writes a clue-a-minute and he keeps his readers guessing to the end. To say this is a fast-paced novel is a gross underestimate of the author's ability to weave in seemingly unimportant details and make them into the straw that breaks the camel's back. The author is a major talent in the field of literary thrillers and he hints at events which could just be real life occurrences. Be prepared to test your brainpower on this one!
Lech-ch More than 1 year ago
This is a page turner; it keeps you guessing. It is indeed a thriller! It's one of the best mystery books I've read this year.
Sara25 More than 1 year ago
What if the U.S. government knew that Bernard Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme but did nothing to stop it? That premise--presented in Need You Now through the fictional Madoff (Abe Cushman)-- is at the heart of Need You Now. You might be inclined to dismiss that premise as mere paranoia, unless, of course you read such nonfiction accounts of the real life Madoff Ponzi scheme, such as "No One Would Listen," in which Harry Markoupolis details his efforts to tell the SEC that Madoff was a fraud (including the submission of detailed report that laid out dozens of red flags). The SEC did nothing. Need You Now provides an entertaining and thrilling answer to the questions left unanswered by those nonfiction accounts: why? Why, as the title of Mr. Markoupolis' book suggests, would no one listen? What were they protecting? Whose agenda were they following?. And in the nature of true thriller, it is very bad for the health of lead character Patrick Lloyd, an adviser in the world's largest Swiss bank, when he begins to find the answers to those questions. This is a great read from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you don't read this pretty continuously, it is hard to keep all characters and plots straight. Liked the main characters, though.
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jane10591 More than 1 year ago
This is another good one by James Grippando. I really like his books. The plot is solid and can never really figure them out! Worth the time to read them!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say about James Grippando? He's wonderful. One of my favorites of all time.
yayaAO More than 1 year ago
I am in the process of reading this book now and am enjoying it and cant wait to finish it and would like to read more from this author
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bobalinda More than 1 year ago
James Grippando never disapoints me. This is another great book.
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DenisePW More than 1 year ago
I usually find this author's work quite captivating, but this latest was not a good read at all. Very confusing, too many far fetched stories & conspiracies simultaneously. Not his best work.
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I look forward to reading Jim's new book. Have read all his books and have never been disappointed. The excerpts from his new book are exciting. Cannot wait to read his latest book Need You Know. Congrats on another fine job. BJ