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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (July 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425116417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425116418
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Timothy Cone, Sanders's shabbily dressed, tough-talking, razor-witted Wall Street dick, is back at his special game in three dazzlingly plotted stories that might have been subtitled (to borrow the words of Cone's feisty girlfriend and boss): "The things people will do for the almighty buck." Among the colorful players, , there's the resilient daughter of a gangster who not only knows how to combine insider trading with running her late father's garbage disposal business, but who, with Cone's help, learns how to keep the business out of the grasping hands of mobsters and stay alive; the financial tycoon so universally hated it takes a Cone to pick the person who really "offed" him from among all those who wanted to; and the case of the mysterious rise in the stock of a Chinese food company, the investigation of which puts Cone in the crossfire of murderous Chinese gangs. What Sanders (The Anderson Tapes, The Fourth Deadly Sin, The Timothy Files) doesn't know about insider trading, crooked takeover bids, blackmail, greenmail and the way cops and racketeers think and talk is nobody's business. And he knows quite a bit about human psychology, too. Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild alternates.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Veteran but unpredictable Sanders lands in the middle somewhere with this not-too-sleazy, not-too-riveting sequel to the Timothy Files. Financial investigator Timothy Cone works on the cases comprising the book's three sections. In each, Cone uncovers the motives behind various stock manipulations and turns the dirty work over to the authorities, who take the credit. While Sanders employs an annoying present tense and brash, raw style, Cone and cohorts Samantha and cat Cleo provide an interesting bridge. Literary Guild alternate; Mystery Guild alternate. REK
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lee freke on August 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Our eponymous hero returns in this second installment of the Timothy Series.

In the first novella, Run, Sally, Run, Timothy Cone has been specifically recommended to determine where leaks in a company, Pistol and Burns, are coming from. A Case of the Shorts begins with the assassination of John Dempster, CEO of Dempster-Torrey. Haldering and Co. is retained, and Timothy is drafted to investigate why the company is a target for industrial sabotage. In the last novella, One From Column A, Chin Tung Lee, of the White Lotus label, assigns the investigative team to discover why anyone would speculate in such a conservative company. Oedipal lust to unbridled greed actuated by hatred are just a little of what we see in The Game.

As usual, Timothy Cone cracks the cases with confidence and exaggerated bravado, leveraging on the knowledge of financial specialists, and his bevy of police informants. The whole cast from the Files are back, with some chaps added to compensate for the diversity of the new clientele.

Most Sanders fans when reading about this shabby detective are apt to compare him unfavorably to the dapper McNally. They might just be mistaken. Actually, both characters do have their similarities: their snitches in the police department who believe in quid pro quo, their emphasis on appearances and location, as well as their queer relationships, and controlled humor.

Yet Cone has his strengths. Here,the bad guys are unafraid to get their hands dirty; also, as each client is referred to Haldering and Co., there is a certain a continuity along stories. Moreover, since the focus is on financial institutions, a virgin forest in investigative fiction, we get to read a lot about the unheralded SEC.

In Timothy's Game, Lawrence Sanders delivers sizzling stuff that should be enjoyed in it's own right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred Camfield on September 16, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is actually a collection of three stories about Wall Street investigator Timothy Cone. Originally issued in 1988, it was written when Lawrence Sanders was at the peak of his writing career (before he started insulting his fans by cranking out pot boilers). The stories concern various intrigues on Wall Street - insider trading, stock manipulation and short selling, and corporate takeovers and greenmail. The plots are well developed and well written, and the characters are interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Sinyard on February 2, 2014
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Most of you may not have even heard of this author, much less read his books. If you like a good story line combined with beautifully drawn and repeated visits with characters, you owe it to your self to discover Sanders. Years ago, I read most, but not all, of his series. I'm on a mission to re read them all. Making progress: I've re read ten of his books including Timothy Files series. I suggest that you start with the first of the series, ( The Timothy Cone Series) to get introduced to Cone and friends, then graduate to "Timothy 's Game" for more of his adventures. I predict you'll get addicted, so be careful.

BTW, It's difficult to find his books in brick & mortar stores. Kindle has them all. A side benefit for those seeking to improve their vocabulary with often obscure words and phrases: The Kindle dictionary will have you stopping at least every few pages to check your understanding of Sander's descriptions One never knows when an ancient mid English phase will come in handy..
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The best Lawrence Sanders I've read so far. Timothy is an engaging character, and I think that's why I enjoyed the book so much
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