Accounting for Crime

I liked this book, and that surprised me. It’s not often that someone in the book world can turn around and write their own, and be successful… just because you sell  ’em doesn’t automatically mean you can write ’em. Richard King, the author of Accounting for Crime, is the co-founder of Paragraph Bookstore on McGill College Ave in Montreal.  I was a little unsure of whether or not he could pull off a book involving an accounting firm and a hostile takeover of a cosmetic company and keep the reader hooked, but he has. I enjoyed this tremendously. Of course it might have a little to do with the fact that it takes place in Montreal, my hometown. The accounting firm of Scroyle, Caitiff, Rudishe and Spavin (honestly! names like that don’t just roll of your tongue) somehow finds themselves involved with 2 potential takeovers of the same company, one just under the radar of the law, and one involving a most notrious member of the Portuguese underworld. Robert Scroyle, the senior partner of the firm, ends up being kidnapped, forced by the big boss Bastinhado, to make this happen to his advantage and ignore the honest, well semi-honest, attempt of Lorenzo Villagio of Ravishing Cosmetics to buy Fresh Start, the company that Ravishing sends all their imperfect items, “rejects”, to for resale. The characters are all interesting and well written, and the bits of the city he mentions piqued my curiosity. Having lived in the west end, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by “a shopping centre in the west end of Montreal, close to the suburb of Cote-St-Luc”. Hey – I got groceries there for years! Check this book out… it’s fun… well written… and full of interesting tid-bits of Montreal.

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