The Enemy Inside: Steve Martini
Within the world there are many who think they are exempt from the rules. Dealing with foreign sources, placing their money in offshore accounts and feeling immune to the federal regulations, rules and guidelines that American Taxpayers have to adhere to, there are those that think they can evade scrutiny. Chasing citizens that have money in offshore banks the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department became relentless in their quest to uncover where these funds were, whom they belonged to and finding where these numbered accounts were. Many of the people with these numbered accounts dodged the taxpayer bullet and did not report their deposits or income earned. Just how did they get away with this and where did all of this money come from is the basis for the plot of this book.
Alex Ives got blindsided by a beautiful face. Lured into her web he never saw what was about to come. Wanting to get to know this young girl better he agreed to attend a party hoping they would connect even further. But, the party was a ruse, the girl never appeared and the next thing Alex Ives knew was that he was unconscious at the site of a fatal accident and arrested for manslaughter. Arrested at first for DWI then more charges added when they learn that a prominent lawyer named Olinda Serna was in the other car. Smart, acute, knows her way around money, very fierce and had some powerful clients, Olinda was looking into the hidden financial secrets by uncovering everything she could about the very clients that were skimming off the top, heading their funds for off-shore banks and proving that corruption is not above anyone in power. The Enemy Inside: Just where are they hiding? Steve Martini: Reveals it all and more.
Paul Madriani’s daughter is a friend with Alex Ives and since his caseload is sparse at this time he agrees to pick up Alex as a client. Little does he know that this will lead him down a dangerous path of deceit, financial corruption, inside the workings of foreign banks and hiding from a dangerous predator. While Alex went to a party and was lured by a young girl named Ben someone was watching his every move. Paul Madriani, Harry his law partner and Herman Diggs, his investigator needs to find answers to questions that they may never get answered. Just how did this young man wind up unconscious? Who wants him out of the way? What does this have to do with the story he’s working on for Gravesite and his boss Tory Graves?
When questioned by his legal team he refuses to answer stating that the story is confidential and heads will roll if he reveals what he knows? Learning more about Olinda Serna it is apparent that she was digging into areas that no one wanted uncovered and that Alex, working on this story was in danger too. Maya Grimes is a powerful Senator but someone that is referred to as The Eagle is controlling her wings. Expecting her to make phone calls to the White House and create the right answers, betraying her oath and succumbing to pressure, Maya Grimes finds herself in a web of more than just deceit. Votes were needed for what The Eagle claimed was a software deal and it was up to Grimes to make it happen.
There is much more as we need Vicki Peebles, Olinda’s secretary and Cletus Proffit the managing partner of the Mandella law firm. We learn more about Olinda what she was into including women’s rights as protection from male lawyers, serving on the board of directors of many women’s organizations and definitely had his number. Cyril Fischer was Proffit’s number two man and would never make managing partner but was useful. Checking her files, her papers, computer and more Fischer was not looking in the right place. Vicki Peebles was smart and used her affiliation with Proffit for her own benefit. But, she would prove useful to him in other ways too as we meet the force and person who arranged for Olinda’s death, Ana Agirre. A paid assassin but now on the run herself as the equipment she needed and was supposed to use was not delivered and might get traced back to her. Her past and reasons for becoming so bent on killing are described in detail as the author creates her past in chapter four for readers to get to know her better. But, Ana made a down payment on a computer, its software and a portable
ellite antenna dish that could override most of the electronics and computer-driven safety and other4 features that are often guilt into late model passenger cars. Wanting to get the job done and the equipment in her hands it angered her that the French technicians who has built the equipment wanted to field-test it. What better way than on the young girl that lured Alex and her boyfriend leaving Paul and his team with no way to verify what she did, how she lured Alex or get the written statement promised after finding and meeting with Ben.
The primary focus is to find out who is pulling the strings and why the story that could break it open is not going public. Just who owns the copyright to the story that Graves and Ives are working on and what caused Graves to give it all away? The Eagle had his pulse on everything and required knowing not only where the young girl hired to lure Alex was but wanted to keep an eye on Paul and his team as well. But, this story is about much more as we refocus on the off shore accounts. The Treasury Department let it be known that any overseas banks that did not cooperate with the IRS by not disclosing the identity of US account holders, “ might have their wire transfers blocked by the FED in the future.”
Ruben Betz was in a maximum-security prison because he knows too much. Supplying along with his lawyer a list of names to the deputy US Attorney handling his case, as a whistleblower, he had documents about the secret offshore accounts. The list would reveal many powerful politicians all the way to the justice department. PEP’s: Prominent people that felt they were exempt from having to report anything. Arthur Haze learned about the story and used it to gain not only the copyright but also a hold on Graves. As you hear their conversation and learn more about how this came about the reader will understand why the information could not be passed on to Paul and his team and why Graves just might be in danger.
Serna was blackmailing someone. But who? Could it be a highly prominent politician with hidden money as the author puts it in a slush fund? Would she have found out who it was and then given the information by Betz the Whistleblower and that’s why he is in jail and cannot be killed? Could he have the proof needed to take this all down? Why did they go after Alex and what about Graves? Who is next? Leading all the play to the Gruber Bank in Australia and a man named Simon Koriff. Documents for Arthur Haze with all of the details of the story they were working on and the item he copyrighted in order to get the loan. Add in the Chinese and their take on American business and the Cultural Revolution as the author relates in Chapter 24. Politically Exposed Persons: this list would tell it all and according to Paul’s sources these people show up on the bank’s PEP list, not by name only that they are American “political figures who have undisclosed accounts. Linking British businesses with the Chinese and their history within chapter 33 we learn more about the history of British finance, the Chinese Government and the link to what is happening now. Simon Korff is the source as he explains why and how the Americans wanted to go after their citizens for taxes. Banks all over the world and the connection to Bern, Geneva, Switzerland and others are explained at the bottom of 229. But, one player might be on both sides of the fence and the Enemy Within just might be in our own backyard. Joe Ying and another named Cheng working together to keep all of this at bay as both men have much to lose. China’s rising power, Cletus Proffit and his betrayal to his own wife, and a man do powerful he makes your blood curdle and powerful people submit to his every wish. Maya Grimes, Cletus Proffit, the Chinese and a man referred to as the Eagle. As the pieces fit together and the money trail finds it way back to America and the truth behind what really happened, where the money was moved to and transferred from comes about we learn more about the PEP accounts, how these people were untouchable and what would happen if one Whistleblower blew it wide opened. But, Paul and his team are being watched and followed. An assassin will stop at nothing to get what she wants and an entire network could go down if Paul does not succeed.
A final proposal to the government that you won’t believe. A payoff that will be astounding. A man in prison and a deal made to get him released. Claims on the Whistleblower fund, filing a suit in tax court and an award that is so outrageous you just might stand up and applaud for the winning side. But, will Paul survive? Someone wants him out of the way. What happens when he meets face to face with the paid assassin? Who captures Paul and is about to torture him? An ending so explosive and a plot so creatively weaved that author Steve Martini has far surpassed and set a bar so high for crime/thriller novels. Could this really happen? Is the government really going after off-shore accounts and people that do not declare or pay their taxes? What happens to Alex Ives? Who will survive? Look around you as you go into a bank, walk on the street or deposit large amounts of money! Look around and you decide who just might be The Enemy we do not see Inside!
Fran Lewis :just reviews