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Bad connection
Ledwidge, Michael.
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New York : Pocket Books, 2001.
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263 pages ; 25 cm
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How does it feel being twenty-six and about to become a multimillionaire? In a city fueled by money lust, a powerful CEO and an ordinary working man come together by a twist of fate to go head-to-head in a heart-pounding scheme of greed and deadly corporate conspiracy. New York City telephone repairman Sean Macklin has a good enough life, but he wishes he could get his hands on some extra dough and move with his disabled wife to Florida. So when he inadvertently taps into a secret conversation between an investment banker and a dot-com entrepreneur, and before his conscience can tell him otherwise, he turns his insider information of an imminent merger into a tidy profit through day trading. As his penchant for subversive stock deals grows, so do the risks. But the day he taps into the line of a chemical company's CEO, a man with the power to order a clean merger -- at any cost -- Macklin's get-rich-quick plan starts to spiral desperately out of control. Hearing more than he should, he calls on his brother, NYPD officer Ray, for help. In a world where nothing is as it sounds, the Macklin brothers become the bait in a cutthroat game of blackmail, corruption, and violence. And Sean Macklin's dream of a better life becomes a fatal nightmare.... In the suspense-charged, noir tradition of Richard Price and Jim Thompson, Michael Ledwidge's electrifying thriller pulses with raw, urban energy. From Manhattan boardrooms to Bronx streets, Bad Connection traces the evil depths to which men will sink to protect their business interests.

Author Notes

Michael Ledwidge was born in the Bronx, New York. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Manhattan College. After college, he worked as a doorman on 50th Street and Park Avenue. He sent James Patterson a copy of his manuscript for The Narrowback to review. Patterson forwarded the manuscript to his agent and the book was soon published. Ledwidge and Patterson have co-authored numerous books including the Michael Bennett series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

From a onetime New York City telephone company employee, author of the much-acclaimed debut novel The Narrowback, this new edge-of-the seat fiction noir rings with authenticity as it imagines the plight of Sean Macklin, a Manhattan telephone repairman who accidentally overhears a phone conversation about the machinations surrounding a big-time business merger. Chemtech CEO Robert Brent is planning a buyout of Allied Genesis, a smaller but technologically superior company, which will send Chemtech's stock soaring and move it to the forefront of the industry. Dreaming of taking his invalid wife to Florida and escaping his dreary existence, Macklin is seduced into using his easy access to the private phone lines of corporate power players to amass a tidy nest egg through insider trading. However, he is torn by the guilty knowledge that Brent sanctioned the murder of 30 or 40 workers protesting conditions at a Chemtech installation in Central America. Macklin's older brother, Ray, meanwhile, still lives with their mother and, like their father, is a cop in the South Bronx. A compulsive gambler, Ray is deep in debt to the mob and on the take. He is also under surveillance by NYPD's Internal Affairs division. Macklin, unaware of his brother's problems, finally decides to ask Ray to anonymously put the tape recording exposing Brent and his co-conspirators into the hands of the authorities. Sensing an opportunity for grand blackmail, which will solve his problems, Ray contacts Brent, a move that makes the brothers targets for termination as the action ricochets around New York City in a series of final, fateful confrontations. Cleanly written and convincingly detailed, this is an assured first effort. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved