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Someone Has Taken My Place Paperback – December 1, 2012
About the Author
International Awards winning former Pinkerton Detective David Snow, has over 25 years experience in Global Corporate Security & Fraud investigations. A Graduate of the International Institute of Investigators, he explains how to protect yourself and your business from scams by educating and at the same time entertaining the reader.
David has lectured in both America and EMEA on fraud, identity theft and has been interviewed on live television and radio. He has also penned several fraud articles which have featured in trade press such as the Broker magazine and SIU Today.
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An insurance fraud set in Ireland based on true incidents – quite intriguing isn’t it? After reading quite a few books in the financial thriller genre, majorly by Ravi Subramaniam and Stephen W. Frey, I guess I’ve grown out and stopped reading any more books from this genre. The fact that this book is based on true events and is set in Ireland, a country that hasn’t featured centrally in any of the books I’ve read so far, made me pick it up when the folks at Publishing Push offered it to me for review.
Insurance claims investigator Andrew stone accidentally stumbles upon a series of identity thefts when he investigates to estimate pay out for a man who is injured in a motor vehicle accident. Turns out that the ‘Texan’ man as he is referred to, is a habitual offender who has stolen almost a dozen of identities primarily of babies who died in their childhood. Andrews personally chases him across continents and cities with the help of FBI, former KGB, The US Secret Service, the Irish Grada and the Interpol agents.
Financial thrillers tend to lose pace midway and get boring, or worse, turn out to be predictable. To my surprise, this book was more like a Sherlock Holmes novel where in the case is built shred by shred with not too many sudden and unpredictable events. The plot obviously is logical as it is based on real-life incident. Identity theft for insurance claim- a school of thinking that is almost non-existent in the place where I’m from. For all I know, the same thing might be happening in my own city or country. Evidently this book got me thinking.
A good story line can be ruined by mediocre writing. Thankfully, the writer surely has a way with words. The writing was crisp and abetted in keeping up the pace of the story. My only wee complaint would be the way that the book ended. Yes, they bad guy was chased and caught. But bringing in the deceased kids’ identity theft angle really didn’t make and impact on the capture of our bad guy. I felt, it would have been just the same if the stolen identities belonged to deceased adults. Of course, I do understand why the writer had to bring in that thread of story (read the book to know that.) Yet I felt it didn’t really matter in the end
PLOT : 9/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10 (Lower the better!)
OVERALL RATING: 9/10
You really follow the trail with him. This isn’t a mystery where you see what the criminal is up to and then work out the mystery as the hero chases the bad guy. This is closer to the Sherlock Holmes of true crime. There are clues and you follow the clues where they lead. You can kind of figure out what is going on from, but that isn’t because of additional information the protagonist doesn’t have. Snow is/was very good at his job and every time I made an intuitive leap off some piece of evidence so had he.
My one real complaint of the book is the conceit that it is about stealing identities from kids. Sure that is part of the story, but it is such a minor piece. It only shows up near the end of the book and has no real effect on the chase or capture of the criminal. You can’t help but feel that the book would have been exactly the same without that angle.
But that is a small complaint. This is an excellent read and really was a page turner about insurance fraud investigation. Finding this book is kind of like finding a unicorn. It is rare, hard to believe and you feel lucky to have seen it.
Very well written. So sad this is happening all over.
Makes you really think.
A lot of lives were affected in many ways because of one con artist!
Thank heavens for "Andy's" tenacity and caring!
Definitively recommend this book!
As I was turning the pages, the time frame was hard to put into perspective. Then you comment that you were only 12 weeks into the investigation!
Amazing to see all the information collate in that space of time.
I could imagine how your life was engulfed with researching this man, I though how lucky I was to have it all in front of me on a couple of pages.
The book was fast paced, as I can imagine the investigation was at times.
I'm sure you have so much left to do...like change legislation!
All that's left to ask: Stone - Stony - Pebbles
Snow - Snowy - ????
Thanks again for sharing your story.
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I couldn't put the book down and I finished reading in two days