The Tipping Point: Walter Danley
When a situation becomes dire and the critical points in the process or system beyond which a significant and unstoppable effect or change takes place you come to the tipping point of the situation. The point when in a situation at which a minor development precipitates a crisis you reach the Tipping Point of that situation.
Expect skiers would be quite vigilante of their surroundings, the ice they are going to ski on any focus on the run as well as hopefully see anyone that was using the same trail and could possibly ski right into them if they are not careful. An assassin that is adept to skiing has scoped out his victim way before he planned his kill and a murder that is orchestrated to look like a simple accident. How far would corporate executives go to gain power, defraud their clients and prove that corporate greed is so important that even the slightest hint of failure, downward financial declines might lead just about anyone to murder. The story unfolds in the 1970’s and the characters sound like they might have taken part in the Woodstock seen as we get to know the members of CapVest and All Cities, their individual roles, their wants and their means to getting what they think is their end.
Thomas Burke invited Garth Wainwright along with his lawyer girlfriend Lacey to a weekend in Aspen joining him and his wife Sonja. But, things get out of hand when Thomas does not return on time from his run, his wife becomes concerned and the dinner planned with four friends never happens. Garth Wainwright is smart, astute and realizes from the start that his friend and business partner did not from an accident. His skiing prowess and his skills would have allowed him to ski down the difficult run and never wind up dead against a tree.
With the death of Thomas Burke the other partners and executives enter into a battle to see who is going to get his properties, force his wife to sell her stock back to the company and possibly give her some kind of compensation. But, CapVest and All Cities Corporations executives are under their own gun, as we need Arnold Chaplain, Herb Meyers and Ed Hockney who battle it out for control. But, each one has his own cross to bear and each one is under the control of Chaplain who is under the influence of drugs or Ecstasy or X to be exact. But, there are many more players involved and when Tommy Shaw and Garth Wainwright uncover the fraud, conspiracy, murder, corruption and betrayals within both CapVest and All Cities and the new CEO is up to his eyeballs in creating the fraud they with the help of Lacey and Stacey from the SEC create an offer for the Bellevue Five or the Five managing partners that they hope they will accept or find themselves in prison for a very long time. Sixteen million dollars plus interest and other fines would have to be paid back to the companies plus their stocks sold back and they all had to resign. As each one accepted the terms they created other venues to explore but one would take his own life or at least it looked like he did another would leave the country with someone’s ex and still a third would try and find another way out. But, Garth and Tommy with their team along with the original owner Jules and his wife Joan had more pressing things to take up their time like the murders.
One member of the five Benny Rubens played two sides against each other and when you learn more about his involvement you just won’t believe how this jolly and quiet mild mannered man was involved in this scheme. As the role of Dallas the man who convinced each of the partners to do as he said with their funds and more is revealed we just might come closer to finding out who ordered the murders and why. Could it be the insurance money? Could it be just plain greed?
As the final part of the plot unravels the killers are revealed and a twist that you won’t expect will send readers wondering whether the author intends to bring some of these characters back. A true betrayal, corruption, greed, revenge from the top of the slopes in Aspen to the boardroom of CapVest, All Cities and more the author takes us on a journey to Spokane, Chicago, Denver and Boston to stop a conspiracy so widespread that it might take more than just Shaw and Wainwright to stop it. What they find out, how they learn about the cover up add in FBI Agent Mulholland, a Chief Constable and a clever assistant that just might turn the tables around lives are at stake, the company’s holdings and stock just might plummet and the end result is a novel that contains quite a few surprises and an ending you won’t expect. When you read pages 351-353 you will learn about what Wainwright came up with in order to eliminate those involved. At the top of each chapter the author cleverly adds a quote that sets the tone for what will happen in that chapter and the possible downfall of those involved in the fraud. Added in read how they took down Borstad the agreements he had to sign, the documents he admitted to as an embezzler lies and he falls for it and the end result you just might stand up and applaud but you have to decide for who.
Three murders: Burke, Clyburn and Keating plus a call girl named Cassie who is killed as collateral damage. Added in Bellevue and CapVest Partners less than two years, partners by merger added in the drug used by Chaplain, Hockney, Myers and Bennie Rubens but not Borstad. A drug that changes your perspective, mood, vision and controls your actions but not in a positive way and one man who demanded that it made life better and others like Wainwright and Shaw who passed on it. Sixteen million dollars stolen from the funds and distributed to those using the drugs and also Borstad as the pieces fit into place, the five attempt to salvage what they can and the ending will prove that sometimes those in charge need to pay closer attention and one clever person pulled off an escape almost equal to Houdini. An interesting debut novel that has a lot of characters, a complex plot and several main characters that readers might want to see again as Wainwright and Lacey have a new agenda and Tommy Shaw is left to run the whole show but can he? Is someone still out there that wants to silence him too? The Tipping Point: What’s Yours?
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