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Publisher: Independent Publishing
Publication Date: August 10, 2012
Format: eBook - 261 pages / Kindle - 484 KB
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Janet Maple's stellar career ended with a lay off and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company’s handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer’s business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn’t realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.
Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique broker dealers comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?
My Book Review:
Twenty-nine year old Janet Maple has spent the last four years as an NYC Assistant District Attorney in the Investigation Division, when her position was "downsized" by her ex-boss Alex Kinglsey, who happens to also be her ex-boyfriend.
Janet's childhood best friend, Lisa Foley, offered her a position as an Assistant General Counsel at the prestigious Bostoff Securities investment/trading firm. Janet thinks her career is on an upswing, but as she learns more about the firm, she discovers questionable practices and has to decide what to do with her findings.
Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator in the Department of Treasury's Investigations Unit. Dennis' current assignment has him infiltrating Bostoff Securities by going undercover as Dean Snider, Chief IT Analyst. He is responsible for gathering additional evidence for their investigation into Bostoff Securities. So far everything that he has learned about the firm indicates corruption with deep financial violations. The most difficult part of his assignment is to remain undiscovered and not allow his cover to be blown.
When Janet discovers the firm's questionable practices, Lisa blows them off as nothing, so Janet turns to the sympathetic ear of Dean Snider, not knowing his true identity. An attraction and friendship forms between Janet and Dean, but Dennis/Dean becomes torn between his professional obligation and his personal attraction for Janet. Can Dennis/Dean have the best of both worlds, or does he have to choose? What will Janet do when she discovers Dean's true identity and profession? Can Janet and Dennis work together to catch a bad guy?
To Catch A Bad Guy is an intriguing romantic suspense story. This is the first book in the Janet Maple series, written in the third person narrative with alternating points of view from Janet Maple and Dennis Walker, with a side story into the Bostoff family empire. Set in the Wall Street financial world of New York City, author Marie Astor weaves an entertaining tale surrounding the areas of white collar crime investigations and the financial world of stock trading/investments. The author does a great job of engaging the reader with a fast-paced storyline full of intrigue, suspense and romance.
Author Marie Astor provides a storyline that is thoroughly researched into the complicated financial world of stock trading and white collar crime, and makes it easy for the reader to follow along. I really enjoyed the mixture of suspense and romance in the story, it had a good balance that kept me interested in following Janet and Dennis' story.
With an engaging cast of characters; sassy dialogue and interactions; rich in detail and descriptions of the financial corporate and law fields; and enough romance to spice things up; To Catch A Bad Guy is a fun romantic suspense story that will keep the reader turning the pages!
To Catch A Bad Guy is a pleasant diversion from author Marie Astor's usual chick lit contemporary romance novels. It is a fun, sassy, intriguing, and sizzling romantic suspense novel that is part of a new series that she has written. I look forward to reading the second book in the Janet Maple series.
RATING: 4 STARS ****