Twenty-three-year-old Elaine Kelly doesn't earn much as a bank teller, and most of her salary goes toward caring for her terminally ill mother. When a lonely old man who deposits money at her bank every week gets hit and killed by a delivery truck, Elaine - a good Irish girl from Queens - thinks she's found the answer to her problems. She'll just transfer $1 million from the dead man's account into hers.
Except that the lonely old man may not have been who he seemed. And when you take $1 million that isn't yours, it can cost you…way more.
Acclaimed author Jonathan Stone's pulse-pounding thriller takes listeners from the darkest corners of New York's financial empire into a shadowy hierarchy of wealth and power. The Teller follows the money - and takes listeners along for the wild ride.
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First half great; second half sucked.
Listening to the first half was terrific. Our heroine, the virginal, Irish Catholic bank teller Elaine Kelly is a wonderful young woman, kinda shy, who in a moment of horrendous temptation, steals $1.3 million in a couple of key strokes. The first half of the book is the product of a great writer and a great reader. It is really hard to believe that the second half of the book has been written by the same guy. The second half deteriorates, as other reviewers have noted, into a bloody awful mess. The theft wreaks utter havoc on Elaine, and takes her through a nightmare of tortures populated by Euro-thug gangsters, a bank CEO who is the bottom in a maelstrom of sadomasochistic perversion, and adventures that belong in a comic book aimed at impressionable thirteen-year-old boys.
I think I will give Jonathan Stone a rest. I bought "two for the show," but the plot seems to be quite literally lifted from that of another, eerily similar book, in which the researcher for a Las Vegas style "mentalist" spends his time investigating every person in the audience, so that the showman can astonish them with his supernatural knowledge of their lives. Hooey.
I like her a lot. She has breadth, vivid excitement and both genders down in excellent fashion. She is completely believable as Elaine, and also completely believable as Detective Nusbaum of the 114th. Quite a range.
Heavens no. It's time, as the Monty Pythons used to say, for something completely different.
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Well, I was entertained...
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