Jan 2012 /ISBN: 9780061840302
by Barbara Buhrer
When the Ponzi
scheme foisted on the investors fell apart Abe Cushman committed
suicide, leaving behind angry investors, a chaotic financial community,
sixty billion dollars of investments and many unanswered questions.
Questions like where are the billions of dollars allegedly invested
in the Cushman Fund? And, since the government was made aware of
the scam by various whistle blowers, why didn't it take steps to
defuse the situation?
The FBI made
an agreement with Patrick Lloyd, a financial advisor at the Bank
of Switzerland. His father, who is in the Witness Protection Program,
will receive special medical treatment and Patrick will cultivate
Lily, another employee of the Bank of Switzerland. It is thought
that Lilly handled the Cushman transactions with the bank and knows
where the money is. Lilly denies this. Patrick believes her. A group
of Cushman investors, powerful and dirty, threaten the two with
death unless the money is recovered. Patrick and Lilly must follow
the paper trail and uncover, to their dismay, a web of deceit, cover-ups
and clandestine operations which threaten their lives.
This is a financial
thriller but the emphasis is not so much on the machinations and
maneuvers of the financial institutions but more on the effect these
have on the people involved. There are twists and turns to keep
the reader in suspense. The characters are real. The writing is
superb. The basic theme is taken from yesterday's headlines: the
Bernie Madoff situation.