Title: In Memory of Greed
Author: Al Boudreau
First published January 26, 2011
380 pages, Paperback
Every normal day can turn into a life-threatening adventure. In Al Boudreau’s gripping novel “In Memory of Greed,” we follow the story of an ex-Navy SEAL, Murhkin Mocado, who is caught up in a dangerous scheme orchestrated by a group of powerful and corrupt individuals.
Accused of murder and with his life in danger, Mocado teams up with Joelle Barstow, a skilled operative who uncovers a web of deceit involving big business and government. As Mocado and Barstow navigate a deadly world of industrial espionage and relentless greed, they travel from the United States to the breathtaking splendor of Ireland and all the way to Kenya, where they race against time to stop one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in history.
A thrilling mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
In Memory of Greed by Al Boudreau is a gripping tale of corruption, greed, and the seedy underbelly of the finance industry. Published in 2011, the novel is a formidable contribution to the thriller genre that pulses with suspense and vividly depicted characters.
Set in Boston during the height of the financial crisis in 2008, the novel follows the fortunes of Wall Street trader, Rob Pierce. When Rob is forced to leave his job at a brokerage firm following a scandal, he joins a corrupt hedge fund where he becomes embroiled in a web of deceit, illegal practices, and greed.
Along the way, he meets a cast of characters, including an idealistic journalist, a street-smart investor, and a ruthless hedge fund manager, each with their own agendas and secrets. Al Boudreau’s writing style is fluid and engaging, which helps to propel the story forward at a breakneck pace.
He captures the frenzied atmosphere of the finance industry and populates it with believable and flawed characters. The novel is a scathing critique of the rampant greed and corruption that fueled the financial crisis, but it also delves into the psychological and emotional toll that those events had on the people involved.
Boudreau’s attention to detail is admirable – he weaves in real-world events and meticulously researched financial jargon into the narrative without making it feel overwhelming. The author also effortlessly shifts the point of view among the characters, which helps give the reader an intimate perspective of the story’s various players.
In terms of criticisms, the book’s ending feels a bit too tidy and predictable, especially considering the complex and nuanced characters that had been developed throughout the story. Additionally, there are some instances where the book’s exposition feels a little clunky and slows down the momentum.
Despite some shortcomings, In Memory of Greed is an impressive and well-crafted novel that is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Boudreau’s work is reminiscent of similar thrillers like Michael Lewis’s The Big Short or John Grisham’s The Firm, but it stands out on its own merits.
The book delivers a high-octane and thought-provoking story that will appeal to anyone interested in finance, politics, or well-told stories. Therefore, we highly recommend In Memory of Greed for anyone looking for an immersive and compelling thriller that delves into the darker side of the finance industry.
Considering the book’s timely themes and gripping narrative, it is likely to be appreciated by readers of all ages and backgrounds. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.