1 out of 4 stars
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Making a Killing by Stefanu Gianca centers around an organization known as the International Fraud Agency (IFA) that eliminates anyone who is found guilty of financial fraud. Set mostly in Europe, the story is told from the third person perspective.
As the new head of the IFA, Stefanu has big shoes to fill. When he decides to focus on the Lipoma and Tachinidae banking disasters, he finds that billions of dollars had been lost by the government and small shareholders. As he looks further into the issue, he enlists Joop and Jaap to investigate the chairman of the bank, Louis. Meanwhile, Stefanu’s twin brother, Hubert, is being targeted by criminals. As Stefanu juggles between leading his agency and making sure that his brother is safe, the chairman’s wife, Joelle, discovers a few unsavory things about her husband. Will Stefanu be able to take down Louis or will Louis be able to get away with all the crimes he has committed?
I found this book to be very dragging and gave too many details about economics and banking. For the most part, I struggled to keep my interest because I felt like the author told rather than showed what was happening in the book. Some of the sentences were choppy and did not flow well. The plot could have been better if the author hadn’t inserted so much banking terminology and topics about economics. Since it’s listed under C/T/M/H, I expected there to be more mystery and suspense, but there was barely any.
Moreover, I found the characters to be flat and one-dimensional. Although Stefanu is the main character, his character seemed superficial and unrealistic. While his character is intelligent and skillful, he does not grow into a well-rounded character. Although Joelle and her lover, Liliana, managed to scheme their way into obtaining vast amounts of money from various people, their sexual encounters with each other made them seem vapid and obsessive.
Furthermore, I would not recommend this book to younger readers because of the multiple and graphic sex scenes. I also found a couple of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes such as the lack of punctuation marks and improper use of capitalization and commas. The only thing that I liked about this book was that it was a short read, over 200 pages.
Overall, I would rate this book 1 out of 4 stars. It’s listed under C/T/M/H, but there was barely any suspense or mystery. I would not really recommend this book to anyone, but I think that readers who want to know more about the corrupt side of the banking world would be interested in reading this book.
Making a Killing
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