At twenty-nine, Michael Cantella is a rising star at Wall Street's premiere
investment bank, Saxton Silvers. Everything is going according to plan until
the love of his life, Ivy Layton, vanishes on their honeymoon in the Bahamas.
Fast forward seven years. It's the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday and Michael is still on track: successful career, beautiful new wife, piles of money. Reveling in his good fortune, Michael logs into his computer, enters his password, and pulls up his biggest investment account: zero balance. He tries another, and another. All of them zero. Someone has wiped him out. His only clue is a new email message: "Just as Planned. xo xo."
With these three words Michael's life as he knows it is liquidated along with his investment portfolio. Saxton Silvers is suddenly on the brink of bankruptcy and he's the leading suspect in its ruin. Michael is left alone, framed, and facing divorce with undercover FBI agents afoot, spyware on his computer, and mysterious emails from a "JBU." Embroiled in corporate espionage, he's desperate to clear his name and face the fact that several signs point to his first wife, Ivy, as a key player. But what if Ivy has come back from the dead, only to visit on Michael a fate worse than death?
With echoes of The Firm, James Grippando's newest thriller takes readers to the inner circle of Wall Street, illustrating the very real dangers of what Warren Buffett coined, "financial weapons of mass destruction."
"A sleek, sophisticated thrill machine.... I thoroughly enjoyed this blood-soaked tale of
murder and intrigue set among Wall Street's most powerful and unscrupulous
players. Highly recommended."
—Christopher Reich Author of Numbered Account
"Money to Burn will get you so excited and worked up, you just may want to go out and
steal and few million."
— Brad Meltzer, author of The Book of Fate
"Money to Burn is one of those all too rare novels you won't be able to stop reading once you start.
It's a perfectly mixed cocktail of dry wit, sophisticated voice, believable chararacters,
nonstop suspense, and plenty of vicarious pleasures. I've long been an admirer
of James Grippando, but with this book, I'm convinced he's going to break
through to a much bigger audience."
—Joseph Finder, author of Vanished
Grippando is a skilled writer [who] keeps us guessing. ...The novel's protagonist,
Michael Cantella, is a solidly defined character in the business-thriller mold,
and the supporting cast ranges from coldly manipulative to warmly—but perhaps
deceptively—friendly. Recommend this one to fans of Joseph Finder's Paranoia
(2004), Company Man (2005), or Power Play (2007)—all novels in
which the hero is suddenly cut adrift from his friends, his colleagues, and his
sense of his own life."
"Scandals involving subprime lending, short selling, and Ponzi schemes provide a timely backdrop . .. .Grippando (Intent to Kill) keeps the reader guessing . .. [and] the dramatic tension remains high
with a sadistic hired killer, high-stakes wheeler-dealers, and plenty of