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Web of Deceit Paperback – August 31, 2009
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Peter had met Jim Campbell years earlier in Belgium and Campbell eventually had Peter handle his finances. As far as Jim was concerned, Peter was creating a good fortune for his future, or so he thought. Peter was quite the ladies man making each of his lady friends think they were his own gal. Pauli Catarra fell for Peter head over heels as did Jim Campbell's wife, Delilah Campbell, each feeling they had Peters heart. Peter had his way with both of them but had to be careful. When some deaths strangely occurred unexpectedly, the police started investigating. All became suspects but Peter was such a good partner of Jack's that he seemed above suspicion.
All the time, Peter manipulated his clients' funds to different accounts mostly abroad so he had plenty of money for his future. Some strange things occurred within the law offices as well as outside, some involving clients and some involving the clerks. "The plan," as Peter and several others in his life, was being carried out fully without the knowledge of most, a plan that would eventually determine who got what, how, when, and where. When Jack Morrison discovers some of the things Peter had done, he decided it had been enough and he interceded in Peter's part of "The Plan!" The story is filled with twists but the author does not get you lost. She goes back in time when necessary and explains all she has covered at that point. The ending will leave you satisfied but also looking forward to the next book of Darlene Cox. I highly recommend this book.
In the prologue, a 12-year-old boy by the name of Pietr Broknovich stands on the bank of a river and sees a small rock in the shallow water. He bent over and picked it up and kept it all his life as if it had some magical power that would keep him safe. He stayed, looking out at the river while polishing the rock when it came to him what he wanted to do in order to go back to his homeland (Poland). He decided to change his luck and apart from the rock that had no real control over him, he would be able to change his life for the better. He stopped crying and smiled as he put the small rock into his pocket. He knew now how to control his future. And it was then that Pietr Broknovich became Peter Brock.
Peter Brock became a well known attorney. He was a Rhodes Scholar, graduating from Oxford, then on to Dartmouth with a degree in International Law and Finance. Working in a New York law firm for a short time before becoming partners with a friend, Jack Morrison, opening their own firm specializing in International Law and Finance. Many of his former firm's clients left to follow him and it was certainly not by accident that he chose Jack as a partner. However, Peter had many secrets that were not shared with anyone. One of the secrets was a safe that was concealed in his office where he piled thousands of dollars in cash that he was able to skim off the account of a very wealthy client. Said client, James Campbell, who is an extremely rich diamond merchant who met Peter in a private club in Brussels. Jim wanted to keep more of his wealth out the clutches of the tax man and meeting Peter was a real prize package. Peter begins weaving a "Web of Deceit" by redirecting a large amount of Campbell's money to his own account. When Peter needs a little assistance in this project he enlists the help of a strip club dancer who eventually becomes Campbell's wife and an airline flight attendant to carry diamonds to Europe. If it looks like Campbell is in on this, he will not be able to complain. Sounds like the perfect plan doesn't it. Unfortunately, all good things eventually fall to ruin. People that Peter thinks are too ignorant to figure this out all of a sudden become brilliant strategists. Two people wind up dead and Peter becomes caught up in his own web.
There are many very strong characters in this story and you have to pay attention to remember who is who. This is definitely a spider's web but the spider usually wins. This time, maybe not!! I highly recommend this book to mystery/thriller readers and also persons who enjoy a good puzzle. Sadly, moving money around has become a real problem and it's too bad it can be done so easily. Good luck to Ms. Cox and I am going out to find her first book" A Little Bit of Larceny." I'm sure it won't be a disappointment.
Mary Lignor, reviewer for [...]
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