Book Reviews of False Profits

False Profits
False Profits
Author: Patricia Smiley
ISBN-13: 9780892967902
ISBN-10: 0892967900
Publication Date: 11/22/2004
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
This is an okay book, but a very clear knock-off of the Stephanie Plum numbers series. For some reason, I just could not get excited about the main character....although it was a female lead...she "read" like a male.
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From Publishers Weekly: "An engaging, down-to-earth heroinea successful L.A. management consultant with a charming weakness for her Porsche Boxstermore than compensates for a predictable story line in Smiley's first novel. When investors accuse Tucker Sinclair of doctoring a business plan, they approach Sinclair's boss and mentor, Gordon Aames, and demand their $11 million back. Sinclair goes in search of the plan's primary author, a brash neurologist, Milton Polk, and discovers not her elusive doctor but a policeman with a Polaroid of the dead Polk. In an unlikely scenario, Sinclair injects herself into a charity luncheon given by the highly suspicious Wade Covington, a powerful man connected both to Aames and the murder victim. Clarification of Covington's murky relationship to Polk and of a convoluted insurance scam take up most of Sinclair's energy, though she finds time for sparkless visits with her ex-husband and skirmishes with her Aunt Sylvia, who's determined to get her hands on Sinclair's beachfront cottage. A romantic interest appears on the horizon in the last few pages, a clear indicator that this book hopes to be the first in a series. With fresher devices and plot turns, it should be a pleasure to see Sinclair in action again." Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From Booklist: "*Starred Review* It's hard to believe that this clever and engaging adventure is Smiley's first novel; it reads like the latest in a well-established series..."
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-----Somewhat similar to Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum novels-----
Divorced management consultant Tucker Sinclair is on the fast track for partnership at Aames & Associates. Sharing her just-north-of-Malibu-Beach cottage with her eccentric mother and a very annoying West Highland terrior, Tucker gets a shot at what may be the deal-maker of her career.
But the project quickly sours when her business plan disappears and Tucker is accused of bilking L.A.'s moneymen out of millions of dollars. Add a washed-up corpse on Venice Beach and a sexy detective sniffing for clues, and she's suddenly scrambling to save her reputation and career. Hitting the road in her silver Porsche, Tucker has to outfox pissed-off investors--and an unscrupulous murderer gunning for the highest stakes. If she fails to survive the deadly jungle of spreadsheets and business models, this deal-maker will be a done deal!
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A story about the corporate jungle of LA--the first novel in a series. Very entertaining.
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back cover - Divorced management consultant Tucker Sinclair is on the fast track for partnership at Aames & Associates. Sharing her just-north-of-Malibu-Beach cottage with her eccentric mother and a very annoying West Highland terrior, Tucker gets a shot at what may be the deal-maker of her career.

But the project quickly sours when her business plan disappears and Tucker is accused of bilking L.A.'s moneymen out of millions of dollars. Add a washed-up corpse on Venice Beach and a sexy detective sniffing for clues, and she's suddenly scrambling to save her reputation and career. Hitting the road in her silver Porsche, Tucker has to outfox pissed-off investors--and an unscrupulous murderer gunning for the highest stakes.
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In a stylish and suspenseful debut novel, Patricia
Smilely introduces a heroine caught up in a roller-coaster adventure, where living by the law of the corporate jungle makes her fair game for a cutthroat killer. Tucker Sinclair and her silver Porsche has to outfox mad investors and an unscrupulous murderer.
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Very cute.
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Sharing her just-north-of-Maulbu-beach cottage with her eccentric Mother and a West Highland Terrier, Tucker Sinclair gets a shot at what may be the deal-maker of her career, where living by the law of the corporate jungle makes her fair game for a cut throat killer.
A first novel by Patricia Smiley.
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Excellent--funny, surprising, and kind of lovable (even if you hate L.A.).
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This was ok for light reading.
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really fun
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completely stupid
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Nice mystery ... the 1st in a series
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Full of colorful Characters and a fun heroine. This author reminds me of Janet Evanovich.