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Dead Winner

Dead winner

What would you do if you were one of five winners : 308 million dollars? Would you tell out of a window: I WON! Would you tell your family and friends, or would you  hide the fact that you won from the world? Tom and Monica Williams were one of five winners and Tom insisted that the money be kept a secret and put into a secret trust that no one would ever know about. It would be handled in a delicate way and the trust would dole out the money to the beneficiaries in however he and the trust decided. Monica did not understand why but agreed to his demands. He did not want his financial accounts, personal or corporate accounts accessible to anyone. She had her own checking and other accounts but in the end you won’t believe what follows.

Coming home from work and walking into their upscale apartment Monica’s life would never be the same. Tom’s body was lying on the floor covered in blood with a gunshot to the head. WHY? WHO? HOW? Touching the body, the gun and more her prints corrupted the scene. Calling the police and her lawyer, changed the atmosphere greatly. Detectives came to question her trying to figure out if she killed him but the immediate cause of death: suicide: No note, text but then they found something that said: I’m Sorry but for what?
As the story moves ahead we learn just how protected Tom’s files and accounts are and the difficulties Monica and Rory faced learning where they were, what happened to the money and what about the lottery ticket? Searching all over they never found it and yet Tom showed them before he killed himself a video with evidence that he bought it along with the number on it.

It’s more complicated and dangerous when they realize that the money in his account was transferred to an overseas one in Bermuda and it cannot be reversed. But, even more diabolical is the company he worked for, the cleanup group that took everything from his office, files, pictures, boxes and even their apartment placing wire taps and more to see and hear their every word. Would they realize it as Rory and Monica return to the apartment after the cleanup crew cleaned it and used his laptop to find and search for clues about the money, files, accounts, messages and more. But, what about the men who placed the wires would they try and do something to them when they realize Rory and Monica have the laptop? Plus, what about the Key his executive assistant gave to Monica? The mystery and danger just begin as we learn more about the DEAD WINNER!
After about 20 minutes and no luck, Rory was closing open windows and came upon financial spreadsheets he had opened before. They did not have any messages about the missing lottery ticket or any notes about plans to take his life, but they had sparked something. Both files had been changes and contained financial information about several companies including a collection of four-letter codes. He w[sent time and realizes that this was serious. When Monica and Rory worked tougher they learned that the senior partner of his last first told him that he was smart and brilliant. He has written  spear of the bar assistant about forensic counting and detecting fraud. As a result, the   is that these sheets show somebody changing and altering the financial statements and he thinks transferring assets from all of them into the account of this one different company. Why? Nothing new to Rory? Was Tom doing something illegal and he had these sheets on his laptop and he must know how he managed the coded accounts/ Did she know? She seemed in a fog. 

The plot gets more complex when Rory delves into Tom’s financials and evidence of someone transferring funds from the accounts plus he feels he needs to notify the authorities, but Monica stands pat and has a fit saying no way. Then talking about how she feels about Rory, and then hoping for more even though Tom’s body is still at the ME’s office, it seems odd she would move on but revealing that Tom had an affair just makes you wonder more about Monica. 

The cleanup team and security wiped out his office and took it all, but the detectives need to be able to access his personal files, accounts and more will they get them while working on a double homicide but learning that Tom was working for a prominent investment company, moves him up.

Documents found, the investment company’s owner wants Monica and Rory out of the way as the truth behind what they were doing comes out. What about their clients if they could not get their money from investments? Just how corrupt is this company and what did Northrop expect of his security chief to do? Added in the documents and the laptop would have the files of what Tom had, where did the money go and why was Monica and Rory going to pay a ransom for the lottery ticket to someone they don’t even know? Added in why was the investment company trying to eliminate his personal assistant? 

A startling revelation when Monica and Rory hear Ton’s voice as he explains the account records for his company, the plan in place to withdraw assesses from the slush fund and replace all the money taken from all the accounts in the program for the last six months he will be able to present clean account records that will not show fraudulent transactions. He is  telling her to go to the authorities and let them know there is much more on page 133. 

The final accountings you won’t believe as Rory is blindsided and finds himself out millions in crypto that she asked him to have transferred and allow Rory and this firm to manage the money without realizing the result. Did she want it all? Listen to the detectives, hear what the head of the investment company says, deal with the officers and the mob’s men and wait until you learn how the lottery ticket and win winds up. Author Kevin G. Chapman created a plot and storyline so true to life filed with lies, deceptions, corruptions, money laundering, threats and one man named Rory who might be alive but in the end you might consider him to be the real DEAD WINNER!

Who wins , who loses and where does the money wind up? Who is behind this horrific coverup you won’t believe? Who came out the biggest winner and who is the bigger loser?
Fran Lewis Just reviews 

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