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The corruption of Jeffrey Blaine begins on the night of his daughter's eighteenth birthday party. That so many of the city's elite have gathered to pay tribute to this man's teenage daughter is testament to his stature as one of New York's most powerful financiers. Yet Blaine himself is bored, chafing, hungry for a fresh new challenge.
While the party is in full swing, an underage woman gets drunk and then is raped by one of Blaine's guests. In the confusion that follows, Blaine agrees not to call the police. His complicity is witnessed by a notorious gossip columnist -- making him vulnerable to a scandal that could destroy him.
Enter Chet Fiore, a young man of shadowy provenance who arrives at the party and immediately sets things in order. Where did he come from? Why is he there? Blaine doesn't know. But Fiore's grace under pressure commands Blaine's attention; and what he eventually learns about Fiore -- that he is a rising figure in organized crime -- both terrifies and energizes him. Fiore reappears early the next morning at Blaine's country house and assures him there won't be a scandal. The gossip columnist "has been taken care of." It won't be long before Blaine learns what Fiore wants in exchange for making the problem go away.
Jeffrey Blaine's straight-arrow life will never be the same. In one sense, he is being blackmailed; in another, Chet Fiore is exactly what Jeffrey Blaine has been looking for. The tempestuous relationship between these two powerful men will take several unexpected detours in what turns out to be a deadly dance of money and corruption that pits organized crime against the glittering world of high society and Wall Street finance.
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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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