What the Mirror Doesn't See
A novel of financial misdeeds and the perils of whistle blowing
About the book
It's 1993 and the banking world is in turmoil. In New Jersey
there is outright panic. The big New York banks and emerging
regionals are gobbling up everything in the state. Every financial
institution is now either a predator or a prey. The Fed has opened
the floodgates and traditional banking ethics are disappearing.
At a local used book sale, Jim Fairmont, a career banker with
more than twenty-five years with New Jersey's First State Bank,
finds a blank signed international invoice belonging to an auto parts
supplier. The document is contained in a box of books donated by
Larry McBride, a new-breed, brash, thirty-three-year-old former
New York banker, who was recently hired by First State. McBride
(an expert in global trade finance) has been given the assignment
of giving credibility to the banks recently acquired international
department and like Fairmont is an avid book collector.
At the book sale, McBride is acting strangly as he feverishly
searches for something among the books, which Jim suspects is
the invoice. Jim approaches him but is brushed off as McBride
storms out of the room.
Jim decides not to disclose his having found the invoice and
begins to investigate McBride's relationship with some of First
State's customers. What he uncovers is much bigger than he
imagined, involving unethical conduct and questionable international
asset movements. His discoveries put him in the sights of New
Jersey's underworld who are determined to protect McBride,
putting not only Jim's life in danger but also the lives of his close
associates as well.