False Profits by Patricia Smiley

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Tucker Sinclair is a senior manager on the fast track to partner at a prestigious Los Angeles consulting firm when Dr. Milton Polk approaches her with a grandiose plan to expand his medical practice. All she has to do is write a business plan for investors who are eager to sign on the dotted line. But shortly after completing the project, Tucker is accused of "doctoring" profit projections and bilking L.A.'s moneymen out of millions of dollars. The partners suspend her from the firm after documents, which prove her innocence, go missing. Polk is the only person who can clear her name, so when his body washes ashore on Venice beach, Tucker sets off to save her career and her reputation. With a bunch of power brokers and the FBI breathing down her neck, her search for clues unearths a conspiracy and a killer who aims to end her investigation forever.

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Patricia Smiley lives in Los Angeles, California.
Published November 2, 2004 by Patricia Smiley. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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On the fast track to a corner office, financial analyst Tucker Sinclair finds more than her promotion in jeopardy when her latest client's body washes ashore by the Venice Beach pier.

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An engaging, down-to-earth heroine—a successful L.A. management consultant with a charming weakness for her Porsche Boxster—more than compensates for a predictable story line in Smiley&

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To outfox an unscrupulous murderer gunning for the highest stakes, Tucker will have to sharpen all her skills to survive the deadly jungle of spreadsheets and business models.

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The supporting characters, which include her bitter aunt, Sylvia, who is squabbling with Tucker over the beach house that Tucker’s grandmother bequeathed her, her wishy-washy ex-husband Eric, who is just as bland as his Little Mermaid namesake, and her fey assistant Eugene, are uniformly bland, m...

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