3.75 -- Get while the getting is good!
I received this free in exchange for an honest review. The summary is accurate and there is no need to rehash it to describe the 3 brainiacs combining their brainpower to pull off the white collar crime of the century.
For me the writing style was unexpected though fairly good and the story woven was tight enough to draw you in quick enough to care if our protagonists lets call them Steve, Larry & Charley would succeed or not. I felt I was watching as opposed to reading which was an excellent method for this story as it encouraged comfort, relaxation and familiarity while it set a brisk pace. However my personal biases kept me from enjoying this short novella as much as I could have. One being the first person POV; another being the proverbial immorality tale attempting to test my morals as I was put in the position of cheering for the proverbial bad guys and finally the constant name-checking/dropping making it topical and relevant for the moment but even a year from now could be distracting as representative of its time.
Again while I personally didn't particularly appreciate the story itself, I thought it was a worthwhile read and it is short enough to be read during one sitting. The standard and obvious conclusions are flipped in favor of the unexpected (i.e. Harvard graduates as janitors) providing enough of a paradigm shift to pique interest. The pace is fast enough so that you're drawn into the first part of the story which basically lays out the story and provides a primer of the basics of insider trading. Act two is clearly all about expansion and profit while the scheme spreads like wildfire and underscores the desire for more. Act three, the denoument, is riddled with the bitter taste of betrayal, deceit and tension to spare as reality comes a knockin' letting you know everything isn't necessarily a foregone conclusion.