Jordan Wise is a mild-mannered accountant with a large San Francisco engineering firm in the late 1970s. By his own admission, the first thirty-four years of his life were dull, empty. But that all changes when he meets and falls in love with Annalise Bonner, an ambitious young woman who craves excitement and a life on the edge. With her as the catalyst, Wise concocts and executes a meticulous plan to steal more than half a million dollars from his firm. They escape to the Virgin Islands, but their plans to live a life of quiet luxury are beset by unexpected pitfalls-and Wise is forced to carry out two more ingenious schemes as a result. All three of his crimes are perfect-or are they? The Crimes of Jordan Wise is a classic tale of love, greed, betrayal, and violence told with Bill Pronzini's characteristic twists and turns and his special brand of suspense. It is also a powerful psychological examination of a man, a woman, and the wages of sin.
by Bill Pronzini
by Bill Myers
by Dashiell Hammett
"Richard Ferrone's gritty voice is a big plus in this story of a man who hides in the Caribbean after committing the perfect embezzlement for the love of a woman. That's because Ferrone is called upon to portray not only the American ex-patriot, but also a host of local characters, including a mysterious islander. The story of Jordan Wise doesn't end with the theft. He's forced to commit multiple crimes, including murder, to remain free. Ferrone is near perfect as Wise; further, his virtuosity really shows as he switches from one character to another without missing a beat. Ferrone is one of the best at handling irony, and there's plenty in this story. A.L.H. 2007 Audies Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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