Review: Deadly Portfolio

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 Author John Hohn /Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 330 Pages

The book description at the Amazon website is pretty thorough. I was drawn to this book because I do a little bit of options investing myself. This novel is a little different from your typical mystery novel where Deadly Portfolio Cover Artyou are trying to guess the murderer before the detective. In this work you know who did it pretty early on and are along for the ride to see how the families cope and how the officials come to their conclusions. It’s more like a Columbo episode where you are introduced to the situation, see one character decide on a course of action that isn’t good for another’s health. Then the investigators enter and see what they unravel, and who cracks under the strain.

There were just enough characters without getting you lost. However, the author surely loves names that begin with M. Morrie and Monica have a son name Michael. Morrie’s business partner is Matthew and their biggest client is Mac McAllister. Moran is one of the cops involved in the investigation. I can’t really say that I loved any of the characters. Matthew was the closest that came to being someone I could respect or admire. The pace of the novel was fairly even. The difficulties the characters found themselves in felt real for this day and age. If you have gone through a divorce, have step children, or know someone that does, a lot of the dynamics in this book will seem believable.

About the Author

John HohnI am a Midwesterner by birth. Yankton, South Dakota, is my hometown. I graduated from high school there in 1957. After four years earning degree in English at St. John’s University (MN), I became a teacher. My first wife, Elaine Finfrock, also of Yankton, and I had five children; four sons and a daughter. We divorced in 1977.

In 1964, I joined The Travelers in Minneapolis, MN and began what turned out to be a 40 year career in the financial services industry. During the that time, in addition to The Travelers, I held positions with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, Wilson Learning Corporation, and Wachovia Bank and Trust. While at Wachovia, I served in many different positions, ending my tenure as a representative of the trust department services in the greater New York City area.

I retired at the end of 2007 after 15 years as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch serving over 300 clients in the Winston-Salem, NC area. In 1986, Melinda Folger McLeod and I were married and I gained a stepson, Matthew. Currently, we divide our time each year between our cabin New West Jefferson, NC and our cottage in Southport, NC near the Cape Fear River. I enjoy golf, music, and reading history. Since my retiring I have focused on my writing, an avocation throughout my life. In 2010, I completed my first novel, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing Hedge Funds and the sequel, Breached was published August 2014.

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