Ballantine, June 2003, 23.95, 352 pp.
The first hint that anything is wrong in Patricia Greiff's life occurs when an insurance representative accompanied by a bailiff force themselves into her Fifth Ave. apartment to assess the value of its contents. Detective Dennis Sprague and Tony Ballestrino of the Computer Crimes Squad follow, informing her that her husband Mitch of the brokerage firm of Friedman, Greiff and Slavin is missing along with over a hundred million dollars from the firm.
While the police do their best to locate him, Mitch lives quietly in a dinky rental home in Queens. He wanted out of his life and bookkeeper Erica King used her computer skills to help him including robbing some of the firm's wealthiest clients through a series of wire transfers to offshore banks. Erica did it out of love for Mitch but when he becomes too dependent, she has to figure out a way of disappearing with her half of the money. As the police investigate her in earnest, they find behind Erica's bland exterior, there is a sharp mind with a cunning sense of survival.
This story is told from multiple viewpoints including the perpetrators, the shocked wife and the two lead officers on the case. Though readers need to adapt to the changing perspective, once done they will find this techniques makes the story more interesting and upbeat because readers get an inside looks at the private lives of key players leading to understanding how they think. NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS is a brilliantly written and funny police procedural that gives great insight into computer crime and how hard it is to prosecute those who commit it.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner