Wealthy and powerful but unsatisfied, Wall Street broker Jeffrey Blaine is hungry for an opportunity to take his life somewhere it's never been before -- an opportunity that arrives with four young mobsters at his daughter's star-studded eighteenth-birthday celebration. When a brutal outrage is perpetrated before the eyes of important media figures, a stranger steps forward to rescue Blaine's good name. But his mysterious "benefactor" -- the brilliant and coldly calculating Chet Fiore -- demands a payment for his intervention that would pull Blaine past the boundaries of everything that's legal and moral.
But Jeffrey Blaine didn't get where he is by being anyone's pawn, and he's soon turning a bad situation to his advantage. But to do so, he has to wade into very dark and turbulent waters, finding untapped strength in a frightening new "partnership" that could ultimately cost him much more than he can possibly afford ...
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Philip Rosenberg's previous books include the bestsellers Badge of the Assassin (with Robert K. Tannenbaum) and Point Blank (with Sonny Grosso). His numerous screenwriting credits include the adaptation of Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods and the sequel to To Sir with Love, starring Sidney Poitier. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut.From Publishers Weekly:
An overstuffed thriller that groans "film version" on every page, this is a plodding story of corruption, greed, family disintegration and the Mob. Jeffrey Blaine is an investment banker who's so absurdly successful he can rent out New York's most exclusive restaurant for his spoiled daughter Jessica's 18th birthday party. That Jessica and her friends have also invited a bunch of Sopranos-type thugs does not go unnoticed by Sharon Lamm, a Wall Street reporter sulking over her boring party assignment; by Schliester and Gogarty, organized crime investigators working for the U.S. Attorney's office; or by an aggressive AG wannabe named Elaine Lester. The date rape of a society girl at the party by one of the young thugs brings in Chet Fiore, heir to the organization of Gaetano Falcone and a mobster with a mission, who "handles" the situation. Fiore exploits this opportunity to get his hooks into Jeffrey, intending to use him to launch a massive, unprecedented money-laundering operation. There follow roughly 400 pages of tit-for-tat maneuvers political, economic, sexual among various members of the bloated cast, which comprises mainly familiar faces, from Mafiosos to flashy investors and a bitchy gossip columnist. Rosenberg, a screenwriter and novelist whose solo credits include Contract on Cherry Street and who has written with Robert Tanenbaum, is aiming for a chess match between the gangster and the banker, the outcome of which is visible long before the end.
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Book Description HarperTorch, 2003. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061098612
Book Description HarperTorch, 2003. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0061098612