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The Embezzler (1966)
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CRIME & MYSTERY. "The Embezzler", first written in 1966, uses conflicting narrative voices and viewpoints to illuminate the fabled dimensions of American economic history as it was then understood. Inspired by the documented facts of the Wall Street fraud case that led the United States government to take control of the American stock market. "The Embezzler" tells the life story of Guy Prime, who was born into wealth, enjoyed his youth, and eventually ended up in prison after he tried to secure loans against money he did not have and his embezzlements were revealed. Whatever the reasons for his gradual lapse into crime and his eventual disgrace, Guy Prime remains one of Louis Auchincloss' most engaging characters. Auchincloss' multi-narrator technique allows the reader to have a vivid sense of what transpired. This is classic Auchcloss, on a subject that illumines current events.
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