Saving the Karamazovs

Jerry Bascomb is working wonders on Wall Street in 1990. 

Single and not yet 40, the investment banker enjoys the fruits of his success:  an Upper East Side apartment, lavish bonuses, and unbridled sex with stunning women.  Not bad for the youngest of the three Bascomb brothers.

Then comes the call.

A desperate plea from his brother Kevin draws him to Los Angeles where he learns the family business is on the brink of disaster.  At a gathering of the Bascomb clan, Jerry is begged to take over as CEO and perform his magic to save the company.  Reluctantly, he agrees.

Though Jerry staunches the bleeding by calming the creditors and regaining the confidence of the Bank, the stability is short-lived.  A deeper probe reveals that Kevin is embezzling. 

Ugly choices now confront him.  Determined to be the White Knight, Jerry risks his professional reputation to save Kevin from legal charges and the family from scandal and financial ruin.  His drastic measures, however, pit him against the company’s sales chief – his other brother, Jeff, an arrogant, sex-addicted Vietnam vet resentful of Jerry’s success.

Relations between the two are further strained when Jerry initiates an affair with Jeff’s mistress, a gorgeous art dealer possessing an eclectic sexual biography. 

Then Jeff undermines his little brother by secretly launching his own scheme to save the company.  Suddenly Jerry finds himself flailing in a treacherous maelstrom with millions of dollars at stake.  Add to that the invasion of Kuwait and the credit markets tanking – and the White Knight for the first time in his life experiences the gut-wrenching fear of failure.

Echoing Dostoevsky, I’ve drawn from years of professional experience to craft a gripping business thriller that authentically portrays a company – and a family – in crisis. 


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