Elaine Kelly is a beautiful young bank teller who is supporting her dying mother, both financially and emotionally. She is a favorite of many of the banks’ customers, especially Antonio Desirio, an old gentleman who makes a weekly deposit into a savings account of over a million dollars.
When Antonio is killed by a truck right outside the bank, Elaine acts on a rash impulse and transfers most of the man’s money into her account. She’s never done anything like that before, but she’s sure he is all alone in the world and she’s barely scraping by.
The police are investigating the accident, and Elaine is cooperating with the detective and doing some snooping on her own. Then a man comes in the bank, claiming he is Antonio Desirio, and tries to withdraw the money – but it’s already gone. The police freeze the account, but there are bad men after the money and they are targeting Elaine.
This fast paced shell game of misdirection, where it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad, is reminiscent of Good People by Marcus Sakey and Found Money by James Grippando. The author’s previous novel, Moving Day, was also terrific.
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Kindle: THE TELLER by Jonathan Stone. Thomas & Mercer (May 12, 2015). ASIN: B00OV403US
Paperback: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 29, 2012). ISBN 978-1250035028. 384p.