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The millionaires
Meltzer, Brad.
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First large print edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xi, 640 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers working at an ultra-exclusive private bank when they're faced with an offer they can't refuse -- three million dollars in an abandoned account no one even knows exists. Almost as soon as they take the cash, a friend is killed, and the bank, the Secret Service, and a female P.I. are closing in. The Caruso brothers are about to uncover an explosive secret that will test their trust and forever change their lives.

Author Notes

Brad Meltzer was born on April 1, 1970 and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. His first published title was called The Tenth Justice. His other works include Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Book of Fate, The Zero Game, The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin. He is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America. He also wrote the non-fiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter. He has written speeches for former President Clinton's National Service Program and played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's film, Celebrity. In 2013, his title History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time.

In 2014 his titles, I Am Abraham Lincoln, I Am Amelia Earhart and I am Rosa Parks made The New York Times Best Seller List.

In 2016, Meltzer's title's The House of Secrets, I Am George Washington, and I Am Jane Goodall made the New York Times Bestseller list.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Sometimes it's fun to root for the bad guys, especially if they're not all that bad. Meltzer gives us two brothers playing Robin Hood, taking from the rich (a bank) and giving to the poor (their mother). Oliver Caruso is the successful one, working for one of the most exclusive private banks in all of Manhattan. Charlie Caruso is the wayward one, the guy who can't seem to hold down a job but is having too much fun to care. Against his better judgment, Oliver agrees to participate in a convoluted but seemingly foolproof scheme to transfer the $3 million in an abandoned account to their own offshore bank. Thing is, about a hundred times that amount gets transferred, and a colleague winds up dead for it. Oliver and Charlie are on the run now, not because the law is after them but because there were apparently a few others at the bank with plans of their own for that account. Meltzer, often called the Grisham of financial thrillers, has a knack for keeping a story moving while still throwing in plenty of insider information (here about the latest techniques in financial investigation). Long on plot, short on subtlety of character, but good fun for the pin-striped crowd. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

This giddy fourth thriller by Meltzer (The First Counsel) mixes up banking, cyber-theft and Disney World in a fast-paced, fresh-scrubbed tale of financial adventure. Oliver Caruso is sweating out some scut work for Henry Lapidus, bigwig at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive clients require $2 million just to open an account. When Oliver and his younger brother, Charlie, find proof that Lapidus has been sabotaging Oliver's career plans, the brothers conspire to rip off the lingering balance from a deceased client's account. Silly boys! Not only is the local security goon Shep (formerly Secret Service) already chiseling in on their scam, the real Secret Service thugs are on the case almost immediately. The $3 million the Carusos swiped has somehow cybernetically blossomed overnight to over $300 million. Desperate to clear their names, the boys escape to Florida, following the money to the daughter of the deceased millionaire, a former tech wizard for Disney with a secret invention everyone in this book would happily kill for. The ins and outs of how to steal money that isn't really there makes for an interesting premise if you don't think about it too much, but two flaws detract from the action. First, the narrative POV jumps too often from one character to the next and from present tense to past, making for a choppy read. Second, the novel's juvenile flavor from the PI who bluffs her way into a building by claiming to be searching for her mother's favorite sock to the hapless schoolboy dialogue ("You touched her cookies, didn't you?") loudly proclaims its Hardy Boys heritage. (Jan. 8) Forecast: Meltzer's legion of fans will jump-start sales of his latest, prompted by massive television, print, radio and transit advertising campaigns and a 12-city author tour. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

If it weren't for the presence of Mickey Mouse, this would be a convoluted, confusing mystery understood only by those who follow the arcane world of high finance. Two brothers, Charlie and Oliver Caruso, work in an exclusive bank that caters mostly to the rich and crooked. Under a federal law, any money left in an account over a certain number of years and that has not been claimed either by the depositor or his/her heirs, gets sent to the General Fund of the state. One of the brothers finds such an account ready to be turned over to the eager hands in Albany, but he is tempted by the amount involved: more than $3 million. Believing that they have discovered the perfect crime, the Carusos deftly manipulate computer transfers, placing the money in a phony account. Of course, their plan is doomed from the start, and a rather exciting chase begins in New York and ends up in the tunnels of Disney World. In the unabridged version, reader Scott Brick gives the men personalities that resemble a cross between the Hardy Boys and the Golden Girls, with their alternating hair-raising escapes and snide remarks to each other. However, Brick manages to keep our interest, even through the dense financial sections. The abridged version cuts out a lot of the murky stuff and focuses on the truly exciting, well-plotted, and complex actions of the brothers, the Secret Service, a woman who claims to be the daughter of the original depositor....and, of course, Mickey. Tony Goldwyn has fun with his less-challenging reading, getting to skip over recitations of account numbers and balances. Both versions will be popular additions to library collections, with smaller libraries urged to try the abridged book. Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



What would you steal if you couldn't get caught?It started as the perfect crime. Then it took a turn for the worse. Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a foolproof crime. More important, for Charlie and Oliver, it's a way out of debt and the key to a new life. All they have to do is take the money.But when they do, they quickly discover they've got a lot more on their hands than the prize. Before they can blink, a friend is dead--and the bank, the Secret Service, and a female private investigator are suddenly closing in.Trapped in a breakneck race to stay alive, Charlie and Oliver are about to discover a secret that will test their trust and forever change their lives. Excerpted from The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.