MONEY TO BURN by JAMES ZAGEL
The Honorable Paul E. Devine is a Federal District Court
judge, his best friend is a fire department paramedic who
makes side cash faking arson, the two defendants in his
latest case can help him settle an old vendetta, and-if
everything goes just right-the four of them will knock over
the Federal Reserve vaults for $100 million that will never
Paulie is a good judge, but what is right and what is legal
are two very different things, and watching the gap widen
case after case has taken its toll.
When he sees the opportunity to walk away with millions of
dollars that are slated to be destroyed by the Fed and to
avenge a wrong done to his late wife, he calculates and
plans and waits for the right moment before acting. Once he
sets the job in motion, he quickly learns that carrying out
the perfect crime and getting away with it are two separate
Told in an Irish Catholic tenor indigenous to Chicago, this
caper questions the true meaning of justice and probes the
criminal mind from the seat of the law. In the end, Paulie
must answer a question he has directed toward defendants
for years: "Does crime really pay?"
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