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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (June 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345461843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345461841
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,701,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As Block demonstrated in Was It Something I Said?, she has Richard Condon's manic energy and the here-and-now vocabulary of this week's Time Out New York. Oh, and she has the police procedural thing down pat. Best of all, she has a comic streak that's ruthless yet weirdly compassionate, because it's truly character-driven. Take Erica King, the mastermind behind a plot that involves the computerized theft of millions. To her self-absorbed colleagues at the accounting firm, she's a dowdy, bitchy workaholic spinster whose dull life can only be improved by hearing about their menstrual cramps and getting advice on updating her hairstyle. But in several separate incarnations-as Heidi, Maria and Marjorie-she has different wardrobes, addresses, computers and psyches, not to mention illicit megabucks stashed offshore. Although the old-fashioned hairdo turns out to be a wig covering baldness dating to childhood, it's somehow no surprise that she lures her boss, tycoon Mitch Greiff, away from his former model wife, Patricia, who was always bothering him to put on sunblock and make nice to their new best friends. Just to even the score, Patricia seduces Det. Anthony Ballestrino, in charge of figuring out what happened to a great deal of money supposedly being managed by Mitch Greiff's firm. With its cast of dozens, all fully realized, the novel is occasionally dizzying but always diverting.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Block follows up her comic romance Was It Something I Said? (1998) with an unusual and hilarious take on the police procedural. Two partners in the NYPD's Computer Crimes Squad are working to track down an accountant suspected of embezzling millions of dollars. The suspect's assistant, Erica, is a frumpy and seemingly forgettable woman with a talent for telling people what she thinks of them in no uncertain terms. But is she telling the whole truth about her boss? All is eventually revealed, from Erica's life story and surprising hidden depths to the missing accountant's none-too-idyllic secret existence, the trials of the irritated wife he left behind, and the two detectives' private struggles with marriage, dating, dieting, and nagging mothers. No one is immune to scrutiny in this sprawling, entertaining novel full of eccentric New Yorkers whose lives are not proceeding quite as they had planned. Carrie Bissey
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Schwartz on July 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A fun fast read that I could not put down. A computer mystery with odd, well developed charachters, witty writing and a compelling plot. A great book and this will be a great movie.
(I agree with the reviewer that says the cover doesn't make any sense)...Buy it anyway.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JF on August 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My God, I didn't want this book to end. The best I've read all year. There are several synopses on the page already so I'll skip that. "None of Your Business" was extremely funny, clever, well-written and enthralling. I waited a long time after Ms. Block's first book for her follow-up, and she certainly did not disappoint. Should be on the best seller list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mitch Greiff, described as a "celebrity tax accountant," fumbles through life while women take care of him. There's his beautiful wife Patricia, a former model; Heather, a reasonably attractive junior manager and one-time romantic interest; and Erica, the only person in the office who actually reads the daily tax report from cover to cover every day.
Erica, the strongest, wields the most influence. A brusque, unattractive woman, she nevertheless wins Mitch with her intelligence and attention to detail. Although she's direct to the point of rudeness, I admire her style. "I won't bond with you," she says to a total stranger who begins sharing PMS stories in a hallway.
At the same time, I think the book could be at least fifty pages shorter. Multiple viewpoints don't bother me -- but we learn far too much about everyone's personal and past life, in excruciating detail. Patricia and Mitch have two sons who are unattractive in uninteresting ways. One of the cops has an animal-loving wife; the other seeks romance while living with his mother. Enough, already!
Although the book gets shelved with mysteries, it's really more of a car chase, with computers instead of cars. I didn't really understand why Mitch was so eager to follow Erica's lead. True, he was getting bored with his life, but he had more than enough resources to move. He became more and more passive as the book wore on.
Nor did I really see what Erica wanted or why she needed Mitch. Granted, he was a good lover who accepted her unique physical quirks, but she was perfectly capable of starting a new life on her own.
Then again, perhaps the book ultimately is about being unappreciated in one's world. Erica is vastly overqualified for her job and Mitch's partners urge him to find a more attractive junior manager.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The first hint that anything is wrong in Patricia Greiff's life occurs when an insurance representative accompanied by a bailiff force themselves into her Fifth Ave. apartment to assess the value of its contents. Detective Dennis Sprague and Tony Ballestrino of the Computer Crimes Squad follow, informing her that her husband Mitch of the brokerage firm of Friedman, Greiff and Slavin is missing along with over a hundred million dollars from the firm.
While the police do their best to locate him, Mitch lives quietly in a dinky rental home in Queens. He wanted out of his life and bookkeeper Erica King used her computer skills to help him including robbing some of the firm's wealthiest clients through a series of wire transfers to offshore banks. Erica did it out of love for Mitch but when he becomes too dependent, she has to figure out a way of disappearing with her half of the money. As the police investigate her in earnest, they find behind Erica's bland exterior, there is a sharp mind with a cunning sense of survival.
This story is told from multiple viewpoints including the perpetrators, the shocked wife and the two lead officers on the case. Though readers need to adapt to the changing perspective, once done they will find this techniques makes the story more interesting and upbeat because readers get an inside looks at the private lives of key players leading to understanding how they think. NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS is a brilliantly written and funny police procedural that gives great insight into computer crime and how hard it is to prosecute those who commit it.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on June 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mitchell "Mitch" Greiff, a Manhattan-based celebrity accountant, is a partner with the firm of Friedman, Greiff, & Slavin. He told everyone he was going for a vacation in Japan. Then he simply disappeared. No one seems to know if Mitch really went to Japan or if he is a victim of foul play. The only facts known is that his vacation was approved by his partners for two weeks, now it had been close to four weeks, and $14 million dollars have disappeared at the same time Mitch did. The money had been electronically transferred out of various clients' accounts. The clients have so much money that they did not even realize a good chunk of their money had disappeared.
Detectives Dennis Sprague and Anthony Ballestrino, of the Computer Crimes Squad, are put on the case. Whoever took the money left no trail, electronic or otherwise. All leads led to dead ends. Too many people had access to the needed keys or information. Wire transfer approvals were forged, so were bank confirmations. Now what?
***** Author Valerie Block took a complex mystery and turned it into a witty, fast paced novel that is sure to delight everyone! The novel does not follow just the detectives. It also follows some of the most colorful characters you will ever meet. A "must have" for your mystery collection! *****
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