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The Dead Bank Diary by Anna Schlegel

The Dead Bank Diary

by Anna Schlegel

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One might anticipate from its title that The Dead Bank Diary will be another 'cops and robbers' brand of mystery/detective story; but although the bank has, indeed, been compromised, it's not from the usual robbery. It's more than a takeover of the bank: it's a heist where the winner takes all - the money and the bank itself, together with the staff.

Russian author Anna Schlegel is in the perfect position to craft such a tale: a PhD born in Moscow who fell into the job of a securities trader, then become involved with a Foreign Intelligence Officer who was an expert financier/fraudster himself, her unique background lends to a thriller which, although not based on reality, holds all the trappings of a real political and financial event.

The intersection of 'dead banks' in 1998 Moscow (which fell down like a house of cards), a million-dollar bond's uncertain future, and an unemployed bank trader asked to perform a job that will change and challenge her life makes for vivid reading. Add a series of criminally masterminded events during the Financial Crisis and you have a detailed story line that delves deeply into a world that many a fiction reader won't expect.

The novel's satisfying depth and intrigue do come at a small price. Occasionally-stilted dialogue and lack of the usual punctuation quotes around dialogue (English is not the author's native language and at points the wording or punctuation could have benefited from an editor's hand), and more financial details than one might appreciate means that readers without some basic knowledge of banking could become lost.

This is more than offset, ultimately, by a story that is charged with intrigue and action, realistic and vivid protagonists, and revelations about swindlers, con artists, and about raider takeover of a bank and its forced bankruptcy. It should also be noted that the action and intrigue doesn't involve the usual violence, so if it's heart-stopping deadly confrontations that are desired from a thriller, look elsewhere. The Dead Bank Diary relies upon far more complicated scenarios and threats to drive its action, and that makes it a standout in a genre too commonly littered with nonstop murders.

Those who anticipate a light action piece may be stymied by the story's well-developed technical details, but readers who look for thought-provoking complexity from their suspense thrillers will find The Dead Bank Diary holds the uncommon ability to show how easy it is to break the bank if you think like a banker. ( )
  DDonovan | Jan 23, 2016 |
A financial thriller might not have cops, killings, and bloody scenes, but it holds the reader’s interest in a different way. Money, frauds, complicated schemes to bankrupt a bank… all these build the suspense and keep the reader guessing and turning the pages as fast as possible. This is exactly what Anna Schlegel’s novel, “The Dead Bank Diary”, manages: to keep readers on the edge of their seats. And the most chilling aspect of the Russian writer’s thriller is the fact that it is inspired from real life.

“The Dead Bank Diary” is the first book in a series, and it focuses on the narrator, Ann, and Victor, a financier and retired intelligence officer. Together, the two arrange a couple of complex financial frauds that can get them in huge trouble at any time. However, the trick is to be smart enough, make a perfect plan, and then perform a beautiful, clean fraud that no one will ever see coming. Ann and Victor make an amazing team, and readers will follow their adventures excitedly. At first, not everyone will like Victor, but the author is amazing when it comes to character development, and as they will start learning more things about this man, readers will begin to understand him and empathize with him.

Even though she didn’t put real events in her novel, Anna Schlegel did take her inspiration from her own life in Moscow. Her character, Victor, is based on a real person she worked with, a retired foreign intelligence service officer and a magnificent fraudster. He was a powerful, influential man the author admired a lot, which also determined her to write her novel in his memory. “The Dead Bank Diary” is all about money, banks, and financial schemes. Readers will be absolutely fascinated by the world Anna Schlegel paints on the pages of her book, and by the cold, gloomy Moscow which proves to be the perfect setting for the mysterious plots the characters create and set into motion.

“The Dead Bank Diary” is one of those novels that make you ask yourself uncomfortable questions after you have finished it. For instance, how much of it is fiction and how much is reality? Do things like that actually happen right before our eyes? Anna Schlegel has written a book that has everything it needs to become a bestseller. It certainly is a must-read for all fans of the thriller genre.

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