Synopses & Reviews
The man: Wolfgang Schmitt: former model, newly single, habitual wiseass. Its a profile only his ailing mother could love—but it makes him perfect for one thing . . .
The bait: Billionaire Nelson Scott wants Schmitt to seduce his wife—setting off a prenuptial clause that will keep her hands off his money. The job pays a million bucks just for trying. Another four if Schmitt pulls it off. All he has to do is say yes . . .
The switch: Next thing he knows, hes dealing with a lot more than he bargained for. Like Scotts gorgeous, stiletto-sharp lawyer. A couple of shady suits who may or may not be Feds. And a few more dead bodies than hes used to. But in the big leagues of money and power, Schmitt happens.
“A funny, sexy, scary ride through a minefield of betrayals. Strap yourself in and enjoy!” —New York Times bestselling author Michael Prescott
In a sexy tale laced with plenty of surprise twists, Brooks (Pressure Points) examines the underbelly of high society and paints an ugly portrait of greed in America. Wolfgang Schmitt, a newly single former model looking for an excuse to leave the advertising industry, finds his opening when billionaire Nelson Scott offers him a million dollars to seduce his wife. Schmitt's involvement with Kelly Scott would trigger a prenuptial clause, ensuring Kelly can't get her hands on her husband's fortune—or so Schmitt is led to believe. After wrestling with his conscience, Schmitt accepts the assignment and immediately gets swept up in a complicated plot involving betrayal and murder. This intoxicating and intelligent tale of corporate corruption feels as authentic as a true crime chronicle, but Schmitt's first-person narration ensures that it is much more entertaining. Brooks balances Schmitt's wry, wisecracking nature with a rare moral fortitude, resulting in a likeable protagonist whose cynicism never fails to entertain (Entry #201 in Schmitt's work in progress, Bullshit in America: "The price of movie popcorn—the time for rebellion is now. Take a big purse and stop at your local convenience store on the way. Then leave the candy wrappers on the floor so they'll know. It's what Rosa Parks would have done"). In a savvy move, Brooks concludes this book with a question mark, leaving it wide open for a sequel. Readers will welcome the prospect. Publishers Weekly lead Editors Choice, July 2004
All things considered, it was a great night to die. The requisite literary elements were in place - horizontal rain in the headlight beams, a deserted and utterly dark winding road, an impossibly late hour for a business meeting. And of course, motive. Without motive there would be no story. Without motive, all you had was an accident.
Funny, how four billion dollars splashes a dollop of paranoia onto the lens of ones worldview. Which was why, like a fly repeatedly slamming against the window of his otherwise quiet accountants existence, his bosss words buzzed in his mind as he drove through the storm to meet with the man.
Willing to bet the farm here, son? Your entire career? Mine?
Four days, and the words still echoed. The more he listened to them, the harder he thought about it, the more he suspected the fly was him.
Heres the four billion dollar question - other than you and me, who knows about this?
On any other night on any other road he would be surfing his collection of MP3s on one of his Apply toys, a menagerie which ranged from alt rock to rap metal. His new girlfriend abhorred both - she preferred light jazz with a glass of chardonnay - but tonight his mind was filled with weightier issues, such as the end of life as he knew it.
Dont show this to anyone, dont mention it, dont even hint at it. Code your files, shred any copies. A leak could kill us, not to mention our client. You tell me which is worse.
About the Author
Larry Brooks is the author of five critically praised novels, including USA Today bestseller Darkness Bound, and the bestselling writing book Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing. Brooks teaches writers conferences throughout the nation and is the creator of Storyfix.com, named two years running to the Writer's Digest “101 Best Websites for Writers” list. He lives in Arizona.