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Book Review: The Millionaires

The Millionaires

by Brad Meltzer

Warner Books, 2002

Greene & Greene is a “private bank”; the minimum deposit is $2 million.

When employees Oliver and Charlie Caruso discover $3 million in an abandoned account, it’s too good to resist. However, what should have been a simple theft gets complicated when a wire transfer blip turns the $3 million into $313 million. Add murder, corporate intrigue and two very clever young women, and the Caruso brothers are in trouble.

Brad Meltzer manages to turn the captivating Carusos into sympathetic characters, thieves or not. They love their mother and protect each other in their breakneck race to escape from the bank security guards and the Secret Service.

High-tech aficionados will love this book, replete with computers, speakerphones, cell phones and wire transfers. It’s a world where the password is as important as the passbook. As in John Grisham novels, corporate loyalty on the higher levels is not necessarily an option.

“The Millionaires” is a main selection of Book-of-the-Month Club and of Doubleday Book Club. It’s a good read.

– Joan Agar

Nevada City

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