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An International Investment Banking Thriller Released In May 2010.
Set in London, Miami and Trinidad, Snowdon lifts the lid on the hectic, lucrative world of investment banking.
Veteran City banker, Shane Turnbull was a Successful senior fund manager at a major Investment Bank. And he had it all. A brilliant career, a healthy bank balance and an exhilarating life.
But an unsolicited phone call was to change his life forever. And from the moment he received that phone call, things were never the same.
All of a sudden, Turnbull was the hunted, the hunter and then the hunted all over again.
And from now on, Turnbull would stop at nothing to fight his way out of the deplorable double dilemma that was turning his life into an interminable nightmare.
Set in London, Miami and Trinidad, Snowdon gives an insight into the hectic, lucrative world of investment banking.
I drove across the stunning Biscayne Bay towards the toll plaza and the placid turquoise lagoon that flanked the road on both sides glittered enticingly in the glorious subtropical sunshine.
“This is lovely,” said Jackie. “What a view!”
“It is,” I said, agreeing with her.
I got to the toll plaza, parted with a dollar and drove on. A few minutes later, I got to the Biscayne Boulevard US 1 Highway, turned right at the traffic light and drove along Biscayne Boulevard North towards North Miami Beach. I drove along the busy highway for a few minutes, then I turned right, into a small shopping mall at the junction of NE 135th Street and pulled into a parking bay.
A Tense Thriller With a Supernatural Twist
There are many reasons why readers will be gripped by the cauchemardesque tale that David Snowdon unravels in his thought-provoking novel, A Crime to be Rich. One of these must be that it is a modern fable that questions the perceived benefits of unrelenting wealth accumulation, self-serving indulgence and an over-privileged lifestyle.
The central character, Shane Turnbull, represents everything that could be imagined about a successful City slicker at the time when fund managers’ reputations were still untarnished. Indeed he ticks all the boxes: 42, tall, light brown hair, a cleft in his chin (giving him the good looks of Roger Moore in his Simon Templar days), Eton educated and now a star working for a major investment bank in Mayfair. The only chink in his armour could be his own over-sensitivity to the class status of those around him – their accent and the way they dress, for example. But, despite this, married and settled with a beautiful wife, a more perfect existence could not be envisaged.
That is, until one day when he receives a phone call that turns his life upside-down, destroys his template of a model world and makes him into a pursued man fending his demons away from the door. Despite his best efforts his life enters a downward spiral that he cannot escape.
Given the current interest in all things related to the 1980s, it is a sobering reminder to those who never experienced those times that the frenzied mantras of, ‘Greed is good’ and ‘Lunch is for wimps’ do not always end with the best possible outcomes. And for those who are simply familiar with the more recent displays of Mammon-worship among some sections of the banking community, a certain degree of Schadenfreude can be understood and, indeed, excused.
A Crime to be Rich is a deeply moral tale in which the price for wrongdoing is paid without any concession. However, along with this underlying message, David Snowdon has painted a psychological picture of a deeply troubled character and of the flawed section of society in which he has staked his claim. But most of all, A Crime to be Rich is a tense thriller with supernatural sub-plot that keeps readers on the edge of their seats and introduces most of them (me, for example!) to a world that they would never normally encounter.
Reviewed by Mark O'Sullivan
What a Pleasant Surprise!
This book truly embodies mystery, thrills, suspense, and much more. Shane is the main character and the best thing is, it is written from his viewpoint. You see things how he does, you feel things how he feels, and all of the emotions a person has, you go through it with him. He really had it all and slowly but surely made life harder and harder on himself. I have to say, if you are looking for a good read you don't have to look any more. A Crime to be Rich has it all and much more. Enjoy reading it, I sure did!
Investment Banking Was Never So Dangerous
Shane Turnbull is a man who has everything that he could want. A multi-millionaire by the age of 40, Shane works in the lucrative world of investment banking. He lives in a beautiful home, drives beautiful expensive cars, eats at all the best places, and has a lovely wife at home. Shane thought he was living the dream, until one day he gets a mysterious phone call that will change his life forever.
Travel with Shane to different parts of the world, a world that hold ties with himself in the banking field but also how connections and even fate could change someones life. See how 'the other side' of life lives where fine food, women and even buying mansions is all common place.
'A Crime To Be Rich' by David Snowdon brings us inside the world of banking in a very interesting way. Shedding light into an area that I am personally clueless in, with many interesting facts and lingo. But it takes us further then that, by asking our own inner questions of 'Is money really that important? Is being rich really a crime? How much money does one person need?' All of these can be answered by reading further into the story. Mr. Snowdon writes in a style that is interesting and easy to follow. With so many twists and turns, I was sad to see the book end but everything must come to an end sometime. 'A Crime To Be Rich' is a story that will have you guessing on what will happen next. And Shane Turnbull is a man whose life is judged on his actions no matter how much money he may have.
By Amy Willingham Irvine, CA
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