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"The Short Drop" by Matthew FitzSimmons
Meet the assassin The Washington Post calls "a doozy of a sociopath" in this debut thriller from Matthew FitzSimmons. Available on Kindle and in paperback.

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Editorial Reviews


“Winning....A steady supply of action...will leave readers wondering if the author has come up with a solution to the real-life Madoff mysteries that still remain.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Need You Now)

“A complex and dizzying shell game…entertaining. Grippando’s novel adds up the collateral damage when billions belonging to the wrong kind of people go missing.” (Kirkus Reviews on Need You Now)

“A timely and solid plot-driven read....Another Grippando gripper.” (Booklist on Need You Now)

“Readers who enjoy a good thriller with a constantly twisting plot will appreciate this timely novel.” (Library Journal on Need You Now)

“Readers looking for a great thriller will see a master at the top of his game in Need You Now.” (Associated Press on Need You Now)

“Superb...Current events have proved that financial thrillers set against the background of Wall Street, banking and investments can be as exciting as any espionage drama, and Grippando makes the most of this backdrop in Need You Now while delivering a character-rich plot.” (Miami Herald on Need You Now)

“Grippando’s use of current events adds realism to his novels, and this ripped-from-the-headlines approach brings a sense of urgency to Need You Now. The action is nonstop but Grippando also brings the same sense of realism to his characters.” (Sun-Sentinel (South Florida) on Need You Now)

“A brilliant blend of financial chicanery and government conspiracy which yields a story that is all too believable.” (Iron Mountain News on Need You Now)

“Rousing. . . . An exciting tale of revenge.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Grippando has definitely reached a new level with this series entry. . . . One of his best.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Filled with twists and turns and edge-of-the-seat tension.” (Romantic Times)

“Superb plotting, high suspense, compelling timely issues, and finely honed characters make this crime novel/international thriller a great read.” (Library Journal (starred review))

From the Back Cover

Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a $60 billion Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave.

For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world's largest Swiss bank, Cushman's fall has unexpected and deadly repercussions. Lloyd's girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses suffered by Cushman's most dangerous victims, a group of powerful investors whose identities and dirty finances are well hidden. What Lilly knows can get her and Patrick killed, and now they are on the run. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, not even each other, they must somehow uncover the truth before they become collateral damage.

A gripping thriller ripped from the headlines, from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, Need You Now brilliantly imagines a terrifying, all-too-possible conspiracy that spreads from Wall Street deep into the halls of government.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 515 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HFI9IS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a thriller based upon a Ponzi scheme of the Madoff variety. A letter came with the pre-publication version from the author. He is of counsel to the law firm that filed the first class action suit against Madoff. There was some thinking that for such a scheme to go unnoticed there must have been some government involvement. This is the novelization of that conspiracy theory. Although the novel has some fairly over-the-top characters, the theory is not that unbelievable.

The plot is somewhat labyrithine as one might expect. A young investment banker hooks up with the FBI to do some inside sleuthing. Two billion dollars has gone missing from the Ponzi scheme money and everyone is looking for it including the bank, the good guys and the bad guys.

In addition to the somewhat over-the-top bad guys, there are a few tough top believe connections among the characters that are necessary to make the plot work. The good side of this, though, is that Mr. Grippando uses these connections to give the reader background so he can keep up with what is going on and what went on in the Ponzi scheme.

This was a page turner with the interesting background of knowing that the author was always thinking of Madoff's scheme. There were things that - one would think - could only happen in a novel and for that, it is down to a four star.
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The Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme has influenced this novel. In this case, Abe Cushman, a former chairman of the NASCAQ stock market, committed suicide when his Ponzi scheme was brought to light.

Patrick Lloyd is a young Wall Street advisor to the BOS (Bank of Switzerland). He's called to the corporate office and ordered to find Lilly Scanlon and the money she manipulated while an executive with the bank. This was in connection with the Cushman Ponzi scheme.

Lilly is Partick's girlfriend. She informs him that she's being set up and was fired unjustly. She tells Patrick that the money in question is from some of Cushman's investors who are criminals and will stop at nothing to get their money back.

Patrick and Lilly decide to work together. Soon after, each is threatened by criminals and then something about Patrick's past comes to light.

The maze of possibilities that these characters must negotiate makes the novel an interesting adventure to observe. There seem to be competing forces looking for the money and the two protagonists must go about their search for the missing money while not knowing who to trust and even if they can trust each other.

The setting is mostly in New York and is nicely described. At one point, a character tells of experiencing "...the old St. Paul' Churchyard...bathed in silence wile hearing the buzz of construction at the World's Trade Center across the street."

This is not only a financial thriller but deals with other important issues. There is a powerful message of a father's love for his children while also being a social commentary on the greed existing today and the desire to gain riches at any expense. It is also morality story of misplaced trust and the failures in the witness protection program.
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The usually dependable Grippando goes off course with this one and tries to cram too many ideas into one story (Maddoff, witness protection, government plots, corporate intrigue, computer hackers, terrorists, mercenaries, et al.). On top of that the title of the book refers to a Lady Antebellum song and really has no bearing on the meat of the plot.

Patrick Lloyd was sent to Singapore by a government agent to spy on Lily Scanlon who may have knowledge of two billion dollars that was being funneled through the Bank of Switzerland to off-shore accounts. These funds may be the only money that was not actually part of a Ponzi scheme enacted by Cushman who lost 60 Billion (same amount as Maddoff?).

This later leads to Patrick and Lily being hunted by everybody from a mercenary from South America, an ex government agent called Mongoose, and the Treasury Department for which BOS new boss came from. The story gets so convoluted and later brings in a computer nerd (called a quant) named Evan who has a wall chart that looks like it was taken out the the television series "Flashfoward." This quant is able to break encyrption and even to partial decode a memo that has the highest level of encryption.

As I said it seems like the author tried to take every type of idea and try to bring them together to make a story. The story is actually difficult to follow and sometimes you need to re-read prior sections to remember who some of the characters are.
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By Don on January 27, 2012
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I'm sure that the author intended this novel to be a gripping plot that would be impossible for the readers to know the real "bad guys" until the very Last paragraph. He suceeded beyond his dreams as he injected so many characters with so many complicated agendas that one would need to have a photographic memory to find a main story theme. I was delighted to have survived the ordeal and reached the last page.

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Having read most of Mr. Grippando's suspense novels, I can say fairly authoritatively that this is the worst of the lot. Now, readers don't come to Grippando's work looking for edification or something along the lines of Ulysses or, say, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Readers are looking to kill time at the airport or at the doctor's office. Most of the time Grippando delivers. This book, on the other hand, should not have been published. The plot is convoluted and stupid, built around a paranoid and idiotic world view, the characters uninteresting. Did I mention predictable? When you come right down to it, this shoddy work is an utter insult to the reader. Witches have been burned for less. As a fan of his work, I hope Mr. Grippando comes up with a better and more captivating idea next time out.
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