The Millionaires
By Brad Meltzer
Warner Books - January 2002
ISBN: 0446527297 - Hardcover

Reviewed by: Robyn Glazer, MyShelf.Com
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Oliver Caruso has worked hard to become successful. Even more than being successful, Oliver wants to be able to take care of his mother and brother financially. Unfortunately in the four years that he has been working in the banking industry, this does not seem likely to happen. He is being held back by his boss and does not know what to do about it. That is, until he is introduced with a plan that will put three million dollars in his pocket. Another co-worker at the bank suggests taking the money from an inactive account, claiming it is the perfect crime. Normally, Oliver would never even entertain the possibility but life is not normal right now. He has just received eight hundred thousand dollars worth of hospital bills and has no way to pay them. Oliver agrees to go along with the scheme and what seemed like the perfect crime becomes the perfect mistake. Now Oliver and his brother are on the run. They need to save their lives and figure out who set them up, while trying not to get caught by the police.

The Millionaires is Brad Meltzer's newest book. This book starts incredibly slow and I am not sure I would have even finished it, had I not been reviewing it. The book's pace does pick up about a hundred pages in and from there the book is good. The aspect of this book that held my attention was the relationship between Oliver and his brother. It was this that made me see them as more than cardboard cutouts. I also liked reading about the escape maneuvers that Oliver often used in this book. This was a good book but not as great as Meltzer's first two. I hope the next book will be easier to get into.

Brad Meltzer is the author of First Counsel.

Reviews of other titles by Brad Meltzer

Tenth Justice [book]
The Millionaires [book]
The Zero Game [book] [audio]
Inner Circle (Culper Ring #1) [book] [audio]
The Fifth Assassin (Culper Ring #2) [book]
The President's Shadow (Culper Ring #3) [audio] [book]
The House Of Secrets [book]
The President’s Shadow [book] [audio]
The Escape Artist [audio]

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