None of Your Business by Valerie Block

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With a nod to Ed McBain and Fay Weldon, author Valerie Block creates a hilarious tale of a heist gone wrong that ranges from the living rooms of Park Avenue to the parking lot of the White Castle on Queens Boulevard.

Mitch Greiff, celebrity tax accountant and partner in a prestigious Manhattan firm, hates foreign food, strange hotel rooms, and unfamiliarity. He has nightmares about learning new computer software. So when he disappears after a series of sophisticated wire transfers that siphon millions of dollars from his clients’ accounts, Mitch’s partners and estranged wife, Patricia, are completely astonished and confused.

Detective Dennis Sprague of the NYPD Computer Crimes Squad doesn’t buy it. Why would a man who’s had all the breaks in life suddenly go on the lam? Who wakes up, looks around his spacious Upper East Side co-op, gazes at his former-model wife, and says, “The hell with this—I want to live in fear!”

As Sprague investigates, he becomes convinced that Mitch Greiff must have had an accomplice. Sprague works on the assumption that there’s always a girl in the picture. He looks into Patricia, but Mitch’s long-suffering wife never even called Missing Persons, because she didn’t miss him. So Sprague sniffs around the office eye-candy, Heather Perkins, whose signature is on all the wire transfer approvals, and who has a reputation for keeping company with the partners after hours.

And then there’s Erica King, Mitch’s “loophole rabbi.” Sharp, dry, and meticulous, she makes up in financial acumen what she lacks in social graces. The collective assumption around the office is that the acid tongue, floor-length skirts, and dingy white tennis shoes mean that Erica is a virgin and will die that way. But Detective Sprague suspects that there is something more to Erica King than the plainest Jane in Manhattan.

From elegant Park Avenue matrons to nasty asthmatic forgers in Queens, Valerie Block has created a unique cast of characters. She combines a hilarious comedy of manners with a police procedural and strikes fiction gold.

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Valerie Block is the author of the novel Was It Something I Said? She lives and works in New York City.From the Hardcover edition.
Published June 1, 2004 by Ballantine Books. 352 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Detective Sprague discreetly investigates the person who signed off on the wire transfers: Erica King, Mitch’s closest associate, a snarling pit bull in support hose and dowdy clothes.

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Mitch Greiff is a tax accountant to celebrities and partner in a prestigious law firm.

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The best employee at the firm and the butt of everyone¹s jokes, Erica didn¹t wear makeup, didn¹t care what her clothes looked like, bit her nails, had tangled unkempt hair, was at the office all the time, and didn¹t like people.

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The story is also unusual in that the crime is followed from both the cop's as well as the criminal's points of view, and meanwhile the tale meanders its way thorough the murky waters of high-tech embezzlement, identity theft and privacy invasion.

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NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS is a book about people, and it explores the backstory of those people involved - Mitch, the account who appeared to have it all and yet walked off, his wife Patricia who didn't actually notice that he had left for a month, their two sons, the drug dealer and the soap o...

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