The Keys to the Vault is the debut novel from author Jim Colombo. In his debut novel, Mr. Colombo introduces us to Caroline Baker, an everyday, hard-working and looking-for-love sort of woman. One day, while pumping gas into her beloved sports car, Caroline is approached by a handsome stranger asking for her help. She has a feeling that she can trust this stranger and feels a strange sort of an attachment. What she agrees to will forever change her life as well as put everything into a whole new perspective.
With The Keys to the Vault, Mr. Colombo does a delightful job in presenting his characters, as well as forming an interesting plot and storyline. Parts of the story did seem a bit far reaching, however the end ties everything together very well and answers many questions that arose for me as I was reading. There are no loose ties and the ending leaves room for the continuation of Caroline Baker's adventures. I found this to be a very quick and a very fun story. The reader is able to fall within the story and delve within the characters. This is a thought provoking international mystery that will leave the reader thinking "what if" at the possibilities that The Keys to the Vault opens up, especially in today's rocky economic times.
I would love to see a bit more in-depth characterization with Caroline in the future, as well as other characters. Mr. Colombo shows a wonderful talent and I look forward to reading more in the future by him. Anyone who is looking for a mystery will enjoy this entertaining read.
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Caroline Baker is having a day like no other. While playing hooky from her job as an independent soybean trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, she is approached by a man looking for a lift into the city. As they are driving to his downtown office, the stranger makes another request: he needs her help in retrieving a sensitive file from his office. Caroline agrees and easily collects the file, filling the rest of her day with bathing suit shopping, fending off attempted purse snatchings and giving a philandering boyfriend the boot. It is only after this very long, very strange day that Caroline finally opens the mysterious file. Its contents will not only spring unlucky-in-love Caroline into the romance of a lifetime, it will plunge her headlong into an international adventure with the fate of the entire international banking system at stake!