'The benefit of being invisible is that people don't see you when you're robbing them blind ... now how about you and I get rich, Rich?'
The men who work in the print and post room at legal firm Olmstead and Taft are far too unimportant for anyone to notice. But the information that passes through their office is a goldmine: bank deals, mergers, acquisitions... everything you need to play the stock market and win big.
All of them could use the money. None of them can see how it would hurt anyone. They should have known that when millions of dollars are involved, all bets are off.
Each of the five men picks three numbers. Together, they make up a code to an offshore bank account. It seems like a fool-proof system - that way, no-one can access the cash on their own. But what happens if one of them learns all fifteen digits?
Heavy-handed foreshadowing undercuts the suspense of this modern-day thriller from Santora (Slip & Fall), a writer for such TV shows as The Sopranos and Law & Order. In the prologue, Jason Spade, eventually revealed to be a disgruntled junior lawyer at Olmstead & Taft ( the biggest, baddest, toughest, and most powerful law firm in all of New York City ), has a bar conversation with Rich Mauro, a former construction worker who recently landed a job in the firm s basement printing office. Spade wants to exploit the invisibility of support staff like Mauro and his co-workers to get rich. As soon as Spade begins to pitch a scheme, Santora tells us that a chain of events began that changed, destroyed, and ended lives. People would be maimed, tortured, and killed. Millions of dollars would be stolen, then stolen away from the thieves themselves. With so much revealed from the outset, continued engagement is contingent on good prose and thoughtful characterization, both of which are in short supply.