a comic novel of crime
by Steven Schlossstein
"It's what happens when the KGB whacks a Wiseguy..."
When $1 billion mysteriously disappears from the Manhattan Trust Bank's computer system one cold and snowy February night, the senior management reacts predictably. Their main concern is the impact on earnings and the bank's stock price.
But Dmitri Vokharova, the Russian crimelord who runs New York's most ruthless gang of high-tech criminals in Brighton Beach, could care less. The Russians launder the money electronically through their network of overseas accounts without a trace.
Or so they think. Dmitri makes one small mistake: in a fit of rage, he murders Little Tony DeLuca, the presumptive crime boss of Brooklyn. And that sets off his father, Antonio (Big Tony) DeLuca, a street-smart Wiseguy who's already suffering from so much work-place stress that his Zen doctor has put him on a custom high-fiber diet.
So when ex-Boston detective and forensic investigator Peter Dawkins is brought in to work the case, what looked like financial fraud turns into a life-threatening jaunt through the dark and seamy underworld of domestic politics, immigration rackets, dot-com scams, police corruption, FBI counter-terrorism, and a dangerous cell of meddlesome Muslims in Queens straight to the Middle East crisis.
All of which culminates in a high-speed three-way chase through the streets of New York to a shootout at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Can Dawkins stop the Italians from avenging a murder and unravel the threads that weave through the Russians back to the money?
Welcome to New York City.
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Steven Schlossstein is a well-known author, international strategist and business executive, with extensive experience in the Far East and European business and financial markets.
Since 1982, as founder and CEO of SBS Associates, Inc., he has designed, negotiated, and implemented numerous strategic assignments for American corporations in the Far East. From 1969 to 1982, Mr. Schlossstein was with J. P. Morgan & Co. of New York, with assignments in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Düsseldorf. From 1980 to 1982, as vice president of Morgan's East Asia merger and acquisition unit, he achieved some of the first acquisitions by Japanese firms in the American market at that time. He has also lived and worked in Singapore and Paris.
crime.com is Mr. Schlossstein's seventh book. He was the author of The Jiangxi Virus (Stratford, 2002), a novel of bioterror about a mysterious and lethal virus covertly engineered in southern China that was published six months before SARS became front-page news around the world. He wrote the highly acclaimed The End of the American Century and Trade War ("Greed, Power, and Industrial Policy on Opposite Sides of the Pacific"), an American Library Association "Best Business Book" of 1984 and a best seller in the Japanese edition. He has written two previous novels dealing with the business environment and social change in Japan: Kensei ("The Sword Master," 1983), a best seller in the Avon paperback edition, and Yakuza ("The Japanese Godfather," 1990). He also wrote Asia's New Little Dragons ("The Dynamic Emergence of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia," 1992), a sharp and provocative account of Southeast Asia's rise to economic power.
He has two new nonfiction works forthcoming: Endangered Species: Why Muslim Economies Fail (2005), a penetrating analysis of anemic economic performance in the Middle East with lessons from East Asia's successful transformation strategies, and Meltdown (2007), a trenchant look at the growing chaos and disorder in the world. His columns and articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Trenton Times, Business Tokyo, and International Economy. He has been profiled in Fortune magazine and The New York Times. A frequent public speaker, he is represented by Keppler Associates of Washington, D. C., and previously by Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists of Austin, Texas.
Born in Houston and reared in Dallas, Mr. Schlossstein received his B.A. in history and philosophy from Austin College in 1963; he was named its distinguished alumnus in 1990. He did his Master's work in Japanese history at the University of Hawaii and has an advanced management degree from the Business School of Columbia University in New York. He speaks and reads fluent Japanese, French, and German, and lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and their two adopted Korean children.
" ... a gripping and highly recommended read from first page to last." -- Midwest Book Review, Chicago
" ... chillingly plausible ..." -- The Trenton Times
"The technical aspects of the story's creation and deployment are Clancy-esque in detail and scope." -- The Book Reader
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Book Description Stratford Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0962706035