Fatal Transaction

Fatal Transaction

by W. Richard Lawrence


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Sara, an expert computer hacker, knows better than to trust anyone-certainly not the powerful and crooked business mogul for whom she works. But there is no future for the life of a thief.

Determined to find a way out, Sara devises a scheme to double-cross her employer and steal millions through one final fatal transaction. Desperate and on the run, she finds temporary sanctuary with the mysterious Derry Conway. As the FBI closes in and her former associates seek revenge, Sara tries to escape but finds all avenues blocked. Trapped, she sees only one road out-Derry must take the fall and pay for her crimes.

But will it work? Is her freedom more important than the life of an innocent man? Or will Sara make the ultimate sacrifice to save those she cares about?

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ISBN-13: 9781938499906
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sara is good with computers, really, really good and she's caught working for a super bad-guy creating credit card scams. He's killed others who work for him and she knows her days are numbered, so she has planned an escape. The suspense comes when she tries to execute that escape, and there's plenty of twists and turns. Sara isn't a likable character and I had trouble connecting with her. Surprisingly enough, when I met Derry, the hero, although he's a good guy, there wasn't enough depth for me to connect with him either. Mr. Levi and Mike are evil bad-guy stereotypes and pretty one dimensional. There are holes in the story like Sara supposedly is this really super computer whiz who makes really stupid mistakes that that other, lesser programmer easily finds. Then when she needs to build a new super computer, she sends Derry to get the components from a computer store she knows is connected to Mr. Levi. How dumb is that? About midway through the I got into it and started turning those pages. Then they caught Derry and it got really heavy handed again. Also heavy handed was Sara's conversion. She doesn't give a fig about God and then all of a sudden she wants to know Derry's God. I thought, how did that happen?
Xmiler1 More than 1 year ago
Derry Conway, age 23, is an accountant haunted by a dysfunctional childhood and the murder of his Teenage sweetheart, Tami, by a drug gang. In a restaurant while taking a supper break from an audit, he sees a young woman who closely resembles the dead Tami. Fascinated, he watches her and the restaurant owner, and as he watches he becomes convinced the two are involved in illegal activity involving credit cards. The woman is Sara, an expert computer hacker who has been blackmailed into playing a key role in a vast credit card scheme. The false cards are pouring millions into the hidden overseas bank accounts of Ulrich Levy. Levy's legitimate businesses are failing, but his criminal activities are prospering, thanks to Sara. She wants out, but there is a problem: no one either fails or leaves Levy's employ and lives to tell about it. Sara has been forced to witness the execution of one of Levy's criminal employees, and she doesn't want to be next. So Sara makes elaborate plans for escape to a foreign country, complete with change of identity and her own theft of millions of dollars out of Levy's hidden accounts. But as she begins executing the plans, she is captured and beaten by Levy's strong-arm men. By chance, Derry sees her capture. At great risk, he aids her escape and hides her at his own home. From that point, friendship develops between Derry and the untrusting Sara, while she continues plans for escape that include deceiving Derry, her benefactor. Levy's attempts to recapture Sara become more desperate and more violent as her timed computer raids on his accounts take more and more of his ill-gotten riches. The author skillfully plays move against counter-move, increasing tension until the action explodes in a fitting climax. W. Richard Lawrence's career as an electrical engineer make him particularly qualified to write a computer-centered suspense novel. He gives sufficient detail of Sara's hacking exploits to be convincing, but without becoming too technical for the average reader. He also shows himself a master of fictional plotting, with each twist more imaginative than the last. The result is a thoroughly readable suspense thriller that will keep readers turning pages through to the satisfying resolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fatal Transaction is one of the best books I have read from a new author. The story is complex and thought provoking. The characters have dept and some great development throughout the story. The use of technology is very smart and believable. I was hooked from almost the moment I picked it up. I can't wait to see what will come next for Derry and Sarah.