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Norb Vonnegut lends his unique insider’s perspective and his intuitive, darkly humorous writing to a fast-talking suspensethriller that takes readers inside the dangerous,high-rolling world of global finance.
One sultry morning in Charleston, South Carolina, real estate magnate Palmer Kincaid’s body washes ashore, the apparent victim of accidental drowning. Palmer’s widow calls Grove O’Rourke, stockbroker and hero of Top Producer, for help getting their affairs in order. Palmer was Grove’s mentor and client,
the guy who opened doors to a world beyond Charleston. Grove steps in as the interim head of the Charleston Fund, organization Palmer created to encourage philanthropy.
Community foundations, like the Charleston Fund, are conduits.
Philanthropists gift money to them and propose the ultimate beneficiaries. But in exchange for miscellaneous benefits—anonymity, investment services, and favorable tax treatment—donors lose absolute control. Once funds arrive, community foundations can do whatever they want. For years Palmer showed great sensitivity to his donors, honoring their wishes to funnel funds into the charities of their choice—his unspoken pledge—and it was this largesse which made him a respected pillar of the Charleston community. But after Grove authorizes a $20 million transfer requested by two priests to the Catholic Victims’ Fund, he discovers something is terribly wrong. He gets a call from Biscuit Hughes, a lawyer representing the people of Fayetteville, North Carolina, against a new sex superstore in their town. Biscuit has traced the store’s funding to a most unlikely source: the Catholic Victims Fund.
Together, Grove and Biscuit launch an investigation into the fund, but the deeper they dig, the more evidence they find that the fund’s money isn’t being used to support the impoverished—
it’s going somewhere much more sinister. When someone close to him disappears and the FBI starts breathing down his neck, Grove knows he has to figure out who’s pulling all the strings before the shadowy figure who will stop at nothing to keep the fund a secret gets to him.