Crime Thriller

Lust, Money & Murder, Book 2 – Mike Wells

2 September 2018
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Lust, Money & Murder
Mike Wells
Crime Thriller

Elaine falls head over heels for Nick, but discovers he’s not exactly what he appears. Elaine is called back to Washington to lead a top secret program to develop counterfeit-proof banknotes, but soon finds herself in Russia, running from the Mafia, and eventually in the hands of Giorgio Cattoretti, a master knock-off clothing manufacturer who has now become the world’s #1 currency counterfeiter.


Elaine Brogan continues in this story as she leaves Nick LaGrange in Bulgaria and becomes completely dedicated to working for Gene Lassiter in the US Treasury Department back in the US. She works exhaustively in identifying microscopic errors in high-quality counterfeit money. It is almost perfection, probably because they’re using a stolen KBA Gioro Intaglio printing press to print the cash, down to the weave mix, the fibre colours, the ink and the placements of pixels in the images. This is a major major counterfeiting operation.

In the trilogy, Lust, Money & Murder, this is the Money book which makes sense considering it is dominated by Elaine testing counterfeit money and developing software to detect the forgeries. With this software, the US Treasury will update all their systems in the field and make detection much easier. This puts Elaine in a dangerous situation where there are those that wish to stop it, and what course of action will they take. Imagine the power that would come if you had the ability to just print your own money. Well, that’s what they can do and everyone has a price, so treachery, double-crossing and murder are all likely bedfellows. Mike Wells, spins a web of deceit where you’re never quite sure what side anyone is on and just when you think you’ve cracked it, it’s all change and where it falls out, is only in the mind of Mike.

Elaine’s character is starting to grow on me a lot more although I would love to learn more about the person and what she thinks especially around the conflict of lawful and unlawful activities. Remember her father was a thief. Elaine’s life is put in danger and she just about escapes one attempt when into the mix steps Giorgio Cattoretti. He is a man who lives in a castle in Italy, where money seems limitless and he hasn’t managed to scale those heights of power without colluding with governments, criminals and the Russian mafia. I’m brought back to the prologue in the first book and just wondering Hmmm.

This is a literal continuation from the first book and brings me back to a point I made previously that it really should be one book. In itself, there isn’t enough content to consider this a book in its own right. That aside this is a highly recommended read.

I would like to thank Mike Wells for providing me with a copy of Lust, Money, and Murder in return for an honest review.

Peter Donnelly

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