SEX, LIES & SERIOUS MONEY by Stuart Woods

SEX, LIES & SERIOUS MONEY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The title says it all. So do New York’s tabloid headlines: “LIMEY POWERBALL WINNER LANDS IN BIG APPLE, LIVES LARGE.”

Laurence Hayward taught at Eton, his old-school old school, until a $612 million lottery win made it impossible to go home, or almost anywhere else, without attracting the unwanted attention of paparazzi. So he flies to New York to consult Stone Barrington, who introduces him to his junior partner Herbert Fisher, investment banker Conrad Trilling, and Ralph Lauren personal shopper Theresa Crane. Laurence relaxes enough to spend several million dollars on three cars, two apartments in the same Park Avenue building, and an extensive selection of Lauren clothing. Unfortunately, purchasing his wardrobe under the expert advice of Theresa soon brings him into contact with her kid brother, Butch, recently released from stir and eager for a score. Together with his prison pal, the even more recently sprung Curly Jones, Butch quickly hatches a scheme to separate Laurence painlessly from $300,000. But that’s not enough for Curly, who loses his share on the ponies and leans on Butch to go back for another round. When Butch, whom Theresa has insinuated into Ralph Lauren without knowing about his partnership with Curly, turns him down, Curly sets his sights a little lower, resolving to clean out Stone’s own apartment in Turtle Bay. Stone, who’s busy finding two new bedmates, is oblivious, confident that the security personnel of Strategic Services are looking out for him 24/7. Or are they?

Reads like a remake of Family Jewels (2016) with nary a homicide until very close to the end. Not much sex, no more lies than usual, but some very serious money does indeed get spent on every possible status symbol you can imagine.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-399-57394-1
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2016




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