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Black Money Hardcover – May 17, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

Nobody does the high-tech financial thriller better than Thomas ( Hanover Place ), and he's in top form with this not-quite-unbelievable story of how billions of dollars of drug money and other illicitly garnered funds are cleverly laundered right in the U.S. without having to be moved offshore first. This grand scheme begins to unravel when a low-level government investigator, while working to clean up the S & L debacle of the '80s, comes across a bank account that should not exist. From that small beginning, a disparate band of investigators sets out to uncover the truth. These are idealists, driven not only to expose fraud and corruption but also, in the words of one, "to help history wield the lash of Mr. Reagan's era." Much of both the scam itself and the investigation centers around the Joint Expedited Data Interface (JEDI), a giant government databank. The intriguing cast includes wealthy journalist Lee Boynton and investigator Thurlow Coole for the good guys, and financier Mona Kurchinski, vice-presidential aide Rusty Oltington and computer whiz Peter Kim for the forces of evil. Most memorable of all proves to be former CIA spookmaster Henry Carew, who characterizes an attempt by one of his former students to assassinate him as "disloyal and inhospitable." While the evil plans of the money launderers are uncovered as much by chance as anything else, it is in fact uncontrolled avarice that is their real undoing. In the end, it all comes down to greed. What a shame this book was not written, and read, by the appropriate people a dozen years ago. But then, it couldn't have been. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

When a government bank inspector discovers an account for a nonexistent video company, he starts an investigation that leads to many deaths, including his own. Sources of laundered funds overseas are using the U.S. financial system to deposit their billions in profits from illegal operations. To solve the murders, financial reporter Lee Boynton and her associate Barney Clagel hire former Wall Street wizard Thurlowe Coole to investigate JEDI, a supercomputer with files from banks and law enforcement agencies around the world. Thomas ( Hanover Place , Warner, 1990) is a former investment banker who knows the world of big money. He writes a very exciting and almost-too-believable tale of power politics and international crime. For most popular collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/94.
- Marion F. Gallivan, Villa Maria Campus, Gannon Univ., Erie, Pa.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (May 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517595230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517595237
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After a career as a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a partner at Lehman Brothers and an independent financial consultant and investor, I sat down in 1978 to write my first novel. The book, Green Monday, published in 1980, was a success, and I became a full-time writer. Since then I have published seven other novels, written innumerable articles and reviews, and beginning in 1987, a weekly column for The New York Observer. I also contribute occasional commentary to
I like to write novels that I would enjoy reading - for I was a voracious reader long before I took up the typewriter and then the computer keyboard.To me, reading enjoyment derives from both the intelligence and the heart. I've often said I read nonfiction for information, but novels for truth, by which I mean insight and understanding. Plots must make narrative sense; the reader must say to himself or herself from the first page, "Yes, this could happen!" And, indeed, much of what I've set down in my novels has in fact subsequently come to pass.My characters take a view of life, which they both shape and are shaped by. They have opinions, and sometimes what they have to say has such a ring of authenticity that readers can get upset. Still, the criticism I am most proud of appeared just last Suday, July 19, in The New York Post, in a review of my latest novel, Love & Money (Melville House), by Kyle Smith, who opened his review with the statement, "Smart people need beach reads too." There's my ideal reader: who wants both enlightenment and entertainment in the same package, and is scared of neither.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
This story has it all. The good guys all wear white and the bad guys are smeared in black. The reader is taken on a cleverly woven journey through the global financial system and the U.S. political system. Unfortunately, the financial plot becomes the story, and the characters all take a back seat to its development. As with so many other stories all of the drama unfolds in the final chapter alone. We never get to really identify with any of the main characters
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tai Chi Au Naturel on June 4, 2013
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Katherine Austin Fitz, an economist, was one of the few lights that entered the Lions Den of HUD, and survived to tell about it. Although she didn't write this wonderful piece, she recommended this book to millions of listeners--and wow! Although it's a work of fiction, the concepts and plot in this book are so realistic that this ex-Lehman Brothers executive had to have the real goodies on the movement of actual, Black Money.

But be forewarned. Get everything important done before you sit down to read this; because, if you don't get every thing important accomplished before you've laid your eyes on the first page...

You've been warned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jackson on May 3, 2014
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This book is a good read - I lost a nights sleep over it. It will forever inform my perception of the criminal and espionage activity behind the scenes.
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Format: Paperback
Black Money by Michael Thomas is a financial thriller from the 1990s that describes a money laundering operation both global in scope and astronomic in the amount of money involved. One of the malefactors occupies a high position in the federal government so the book can be thought of as also part political thriller; though that aspect of the plot gets little emphasis. There are a number of colorful villains from different parts of the world participating in the conspiracy. Most of them quite sinister.
The story itself is a convoluted one. This is as you would expect given the complex subject matter. As you might not expect, there's also plenty of highly descriptive prose about things nonfinancial, like the weather, architecture, scenic countrysides, etc.
A competently written novel that has its moments. Three stars.
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This book explains - in a very simple way - how black money is laundered in the USA and elsewhere. It really belongs to the financial section. It explains very clearly how so many small businesses survive in situations where most others succumb. The gross unfairness of the present system where only the criminals can survive.
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