Paraplegic young attorney Pen Wilkinson is putting her life back together after a tragic accident, working for a large bank in a faraway city. She soon begins to suspect that the job and the company are not what they seem to be, and suddenly she is thrust into a nightmare. Unbelievably, her employer and the media accuse Pen of fraud and wrongdoing, creating a scandal that threatens to bring down her company. Fired from her job, alone, and dodging attempts on her life, Pen uncovers a string of sophisticated, deadly corporate sabotage incidents. Her search for the unseen saboteurs who destroyed her life takes her across the country, reaching a terrifying climax, as she finally confronts the real force behind the plot called Downfall.
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About the Author
Brian Lutterman is the author of Downfall (ISBN 978-0-9800017-8-5), which launched the Pen Wilkinson series and is described by Mystery Gazette as“. . .an exhilarating action-packed financial thriller . . .” His other books include Windfall (ISBN 978-0-9908461-3-0) and Freefall (ISBN 978-0-9908461-8-5), the highly-praised sequels to Downfall, and Bound to Die (ISBN 1-930486-33-2), a Minnesota Book Award runner-up. Lutterman, a former trial and corporate attorney, writes cutting-edge corporate thrillers, bringing to life the genre’s outsized conflicts and characters with breathtaking action and suspense. He lives with his family in Vadnais Heights, MN. Visit his website at: www.brianlutterman.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Downfall is the first book in a series about Pen Wilkinson, an attorney and paraplegic. After her accident which killed her niece and made Pen a paraplegic, she found a Job at North Central Bank. She doesn’t really enjoy her job, but Pen is an accurate and determined person and she is doing her work especially well and is content about it. That is until she is made responsible for a mistake which ends in a major crisis for North Central and the murders of former employees. After the killer attempted to end her life too, Pen is even more determined to find out who is responsible for all of this mess. She runs into James Carter, the former CEO of North Central who has also been made a scapegoat for the crisis. They decide to work on finding out the truth together. Everything looks like a well-played plot with current and former employees involved, with money being a major part as well. But who is behind all this mess? Who has brought those people together and made them break the law only for revenge? More so, who is behind the killings? Downfall is the first book in the Pen Wilkinson Series and the second in the series I have read. My last review was for Nightfall, book four. I liked it so much that I wanted to read another book from the series. It was also fine to read the books out of order. The author didn’t let me down. Downfall is as gripping and entertaining as Nightfall. I got to know Pen Wilkinson in Nightfall and very much warmed to her character. After having read the first book of the series I find that the character has grown in a good way. Pen is a strong and tough woman and I often forgot her sitting in a wheelchair. The author knows how to involve the everyday problems of a paraplegic into a great story without over boarding the plot. I like the writing style of Mr. Lutterman. It is engrossing and makes it easy to fly through the pages, sinking into the book like watching a movie. The plot is great and leaves nothing to complain about. If you are a fan of John Grisham books you are most certainly going to like the Pen Wilkinson Series. I am going to purchase the other two books from the series (Windfall and Freefall) and enjoy the lasting holidays while learning more about Pen.
Reviewed by Larry Krantz for Readers' Favorite Downfall by Brian Lutterman is a well-constructed thriller that moves along quickly. The main character is a female paraplegic lawyer, who is pulled into a maelstrom of evil manipulation. She is gritty and determined, a complex and believable character. The heroine must use her brains and inner resolve to uncover the plot that led to her dismissal from her job as a corporate lawyer. She discovers a nefarious scheme that has been used on other unsuspecting businesses. Soon, she discovers that her life is in danger, as are the lives of other people. She has to connect the dots and one clue leads to another revelation, until the final confrontation with the forces behind these manipulative schemes. Along the way, she meets resistance from those who should be helping her, and finds help in an unexpected place. It is her strength of character that helps her carry through, and is finally recognized by others. Other characters, including a black CEO, are also multi-dimensional and interesting. The plotting of this mystery is complicated and moves in surprising directions. Brian Lutterman is an excellent writer who does not get bogged down with excess verbiage but lets the story unfold at a nice pace. The story kept my interest throughout and I recommend it as an excellent read. The setting is wintry Minneapolis and later southern California. Downfall is current, the characters make good use of technology, and it is appropriate in today's fast-moving world. Adults of all ages, as well as young people, should enjoy this fine story. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing and story telling.