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A thriller by James Grippando

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"If I ever needed you, I need you now." song lyrics

  • Jan 15, 2012
This is a contemporary novel influenced by the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. In this case, Abe Cushman, former chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange commits suicide when his Ponzi scheme is unveiled.

Patrick Lloyd a young Wall St. adviser to a major Swiss bank is called to the corporate office and ordered to find Lilly Scanlon and the money she manipulated while an executive with the bank. This was in connection with he Cushman Ponzi scheme.

Lilly is Patrick's girlfriend and she tells him she's being set up. Then informs him that the money in question is from some of Cashman's victims who will stop at nothing to get their money back.

Patrick and Lilly decide to work together. Soon after, they are both threatened by criminals and something about Patrick's background comes to light.

The maze of possibilities that these two characters must negotiate makes the novel an interesting adventure to observe. The two protagonists must go about their search for the missing money while not knowing who to trust and even if they can trust each other.

This is not only a financial thriller. It deals with other important issues. There is a powerful message of a father's love for his children while being a social commentary on the greed existing today and the fact that some people will do anything to achieve wealth. It's also a story of misplaced trust and the failures in the witness protection program.

The author has captured the naivete of his two young characters and shows that innocence can be destroyed in a world of government ignorance and corruption at the highest levels.

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January 16, 2012
Mike, good review. I know that the book was interesting and did hold my attention but I just wasn't as kind about it in my review. I was bothered by too many plot lines and sometimes got confused as to who the different government characters were. I didn't like Joe Barber at all, and the fact that Lily and Patrick sang that song when they were dating was no reason to put it as the title.
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review by . January 02, 2012
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 …
review by . January 16, 2012
Need You Now   Author James Grippando   Reviewed By Fran Lewis       One man decided to take matters into his own hands and end his life. This same man pulled off a Ponzi scheme right in front of everyone’s eyes and thought he would never get caught. Rather than face the music, pay the penalty or even divulge where the money was hidden, Abe Cushman took a leap out of a window and buried his secrets and money along with him. But, there is much more …
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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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The New York Times bestselling author returns with a gripping, new stand-alone novel ripped from the headlines, in which a young financial advisor and his girlfriend uncover a conspiracy that reaches from Wall Street deep into the halls of government.

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 the pair are in a run for their lives that leads to the heart of a clandestine operation, and to a cabal of powerful officials determined to keep their agenda hidden from the public.

With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, Patrick and Lilly must uncover the truth before they become collateral damage in a “financial war” in which casualties are no longer measured in dollars and cents.

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Author: James Grippando
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: 01-03-2012
ISBN: 9780061840302
Format: hard cover
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