Bottom Line by Marc Davis

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This sort of story appears with alarming frequency in major newspapers, reported meticulously, discussed dispassionately and without the casual misogyny.
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As the U.S. and global economies headed toward a major recession in the second year of the 21st Century, companies worldwide struggled to survive.

Two strong businessmen who run a colossal international management consulting-accounting firm battle against one another to save the firm for which they both work, each with a different, conflicting method to rescue the company.

One is the CEO and founder, the other is the senior-most executive who expects to succeed as head od the company. The CEO is an amoral, ruthless, megalomaniaz; the other partner is a prinicpled, but flawed idealist. Once they were as close as father and son, the older man mentor to the younger. Now their relationship collapses along with the economy as their on-going conflict escalates as the firm loses, one after another, its once-blue-chip corporate clients.

A series of financial crimes ensue, instigated by the CEO - fradulent accounting to help clients seemingly make their estimated profits; insider trading by the avaricious CEO, to help him reap millions in personal profits. With his company near collapse, the CEO absconds with millions of dollars held in trust in a partners' bonus pool. the protagonist of the novel then begins hunting him down, using the methods of private eye.
 

About Marc Davis

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Davis is a former newspaper reporter, the author of two novels, and a freelance journalist specializing in business, medical, historical, and cultural subjects.
 
Published June 15, 2013 by The Permanent Press. 241 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 07 2013

This sort of story appears with alarming frequency in major newspapers, reported meticulously, discussed dispassionately and without the casual misogyny.

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Below average
Reviewed by Fran Hawthorne on Jun 15 2013

Bottom Line...features one of the most poorly written sex scenes in recent fiction. Nick and Rita’s lovemaking “was glorious, musical, a Bach fugue, a madrigal, the allegro movement of Beethoven’s Fifth.”

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