- File Size: 3820 KB
- Print Length: 465 pages
- Publisher: Any Subject Books (April 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007TNXZNU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,517,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Road - A White Collar Crime Novel Kindle Edition
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I found myself rooting for Henry and feeling sorry that his greedy wife would never let him forget that she always wanted more. John was detestable in his conniving. I've known people like that. The Duke was a perfect rendition of the careless aristocrat. While his ilk may not exist in the U.S., we have our own elite who want nothing more than for the 'little people' to stop distracting them from their country clubs.
This is a lively book. In spite of being a rather dark tale of corruption, the humor will have you laughing out loud between sad sighs as you recognize how the cogs of government work.
A note on the book's "Britishisms". As an American reader, I delighted in the colloquial expressions peppered throughout the book. I've always been a closet Anglophile and I happily added a few new phrases to my lexicon.
Bravo for The Road. I highly recommend this entertaining and thought provoking read.
You will get a taste of the seedy side and the underbelly of what REALLY goes on in your community, state, country, and in your world. The author has created a cast of characters that we love to hate, while we root for sweet justice to right all of the wrongs that have been perpetrated.
"The Road" will keep you guessing until the very last page. What you think will happen, may or may not--and this book keeps you riveted until the shocking end.
I gave the book 5 stars because I'm a fairly cynical person normally and I was surprised by how the story managed to evoke my sympathy and outrage. There are no John Grisham style heroic lawyers here, no maniacal villains bent on world domination, there are only people we recognize from everyday life, convincingly rendered. And that's what really gives The Road its power is its basis in mundane banality. Even the villains aren't particularly malevolent, they're just the usual self-interested predators you see in a Michael Moore film.
I laughed, I cried, and I found myself hoping Henry would come out on top. But I won't be a plot spoiler here. Five big stars for The Road.
This engaging and well-written story follows a town's challenges while it plans and goes through a major expansion. This may not sound like the most fascinating topic, but this book is absolutely a must read.
The author really connects us to the people in the town and makes us want to become part of the story. We are able to share in all of their emotions and feel their experience. It makes for a fantastic read that will grab and hold your interest.
Greed is the main theme and even though some may find the level of the crimes hard to imagine, just look at the news and read between the lines!
I would say if you like to read fiction, then check out this book.
Top international reviews
Corruption is at the heart of the story - and this must, I hope, be an extreme case, because it seems here that everyone involved in this development is taking kickbacks, from cash to breadmakers. In particular the story follows Henry, a Planning Officer whose wife's constant demands for material possessions are beyond his reach and his slide into corruption. We also have Sandra, Henry's assistant, who dreams of being able to marry her fiance Angelo and leave his Italian mother's home, but their salaries are just not enough to get a mortgage on. We mustn't forget John the contractor, who is key to the storyline, in that he has all the dodges worked out, knowing whose palm to grease and with what.
On the other side, there are Caroline and Stuart - they have what is for them the perfect lifestyle. Their home is the Old Station, a refurbished railway station overlooking woodland and countryside. The perfect place to raise a family, until the development comes along and wrecks everything. It was heartbreaking to read the story and watch how their lives were changed by this development and how it affected them, their relationship with each other and their children.
It was a very strange book to read. The ending is unusual in that it probably mirrors exactly what could happen in real life and comes as quite a shock. It is certainly a very readable book, well worth getting totally absorbed in and I would love to read more of the author's work.
It will make you angry about how corrupt councils can be. Also gives good insight into good and bad building techniques.
Read it, you will not be disappointed.