Picks and Pans Review: The Millionaires
By Brad Meltzer
Oliver and Charlie Caruso's working-class noses are pressed against the glass dividing the classes at a Manhattan bank that employs them as low-level drones. By the time we meet their sickly mother, we're primed for these novice thieves to make their move, and when they get a chance to nab millions of dollars being transferred from a dormant account, they do not disappoint.
Meltzer (The First Counsel) does, though. His account is plot-rich but character-poor. Step-by-step instructions for building offshore dummy corporations or wiretapping government vehicles, given mainly through clumsy exposition, are no substitute for storytelling zing. (Warner, $25.95)
Bottom Line: Not earning interest
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