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Mickey Outside (A White Collar Crime Thriller)

by David Lender

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I like the idea of a white collar crime thriller, and this one is relatively well-executed. The plot is a bit predictable, but the characters are endearing and the writing is good. I will probably read the next book in the series. ( )
  brleach | Jan 26, 2015 |
Mickey Steinberg was considered a superstar on Wall Street until an insider-trading scandal brought him crashing to earth, losing his personal fortune, his lovely wife, and his freedom. This book begins with Mickey about to get out of prison, with thoughts of getting back on top.

Walter Goldstein is an art dealer and social gadfly. Widely known to have made his fortune preying on bored housewives, Walter is now betrothed to Mickey's ex-wife, Rachel. In the course of their affair, Rachel had given most of her fortune (her half of Mickey's assets before they were confiscated in fines and fees) to bolster Walter's business.

Mickey thinks he can get his life back by discrediting Walter and relieving him of his considerable fortune. He makes the acquaintance of a smooth-talking fellow inmate also in the slammer for fiscal malfeasance. They work through a master forger to replicate an early Van Gogh painting that was stolen (and in reality has never been recovered) and then bring in high-rolling bidders including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to legitimize the whole process.

It doesn't go as smooth as planned -- Walter has his agenda as well, and, although he believes the fake to be genuine, he conspires to discredit it through an appraiser in his pay. His thought is to greatly reduce the value of the presumed masterpiece. And it almost works...but Mickey is just a little smarter.

Billed as "A White Collar Crime Thriller," it delivers just that. The characters are well developed, and the story plausible. If, however, the best appraisers money can buy fail to spot a forgery, the entire market for great works of art would be undermined. It was an enjoyable story, however. ( )
  JeffV | Apr 22, 2014 |
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Mickey Steinberg sat at a picnic table, watching a softball game on the diamond at the Federal Prison Camp, Yankton, South Dakota, the unfenced minimum-security prison he'd called home for two years and ten months.
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