BOOK REVIEW: BIG NUMBERS
Can you imagine your stockbroker living in a truck-mounted camper and driving his pick-up from place to place with his residence attached? That isn't how we picture most stockbrokers but Austin Carr is not your run of the mill stockbroker. He is divorced, unable to see his children because he is behind in his support and his ex-wife is not very understanding about the fact that he owes her $58,000.00. His landlord wasn't too understanding when he got behind in his rent; hence, the camper home.
He currently is parking his home outside a local Mexican restaurant where he spends a lot of his time drinking with the owner.
His sales manager is called Rags and Austin isn't one of his favorite salesmen. The fact that Austin seems to make a career out of trying to make Rags look bad at the office doesn't help matters a bit.
Austin's biggest client Gerry Burns makes the announcement to Austin that he has cancer and his condition is terminal. Gerry wants Austin to begin turning his assets into cash. Gerry also introduces his beautiful red-headed wife to Austin so they would be acquainted and it would be easier down the road for Kelly to deal with Gerry's estate.
Kelly starts seeing Austin on the side and tries to convince him to help her hide some of Gerry's assets since she is afraid his children will take everything.
If that isn't enough to throw Austin into a turmoil another client Psycho Samson is after Austin over a deal that has gone bad and anything short of killing Austin isn't good enough for Samson.
Big Numbers is a fast read and reveals a pretty neat operation once everything is out in the open. The story is action packed and Austin has a few short trips to the ER but Getze brings the book to a satisfactory conclusion.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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