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Need You Now

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In a new stand alone from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, a young Wall Street advisor and his girlfriend uncover a financial scheme that reaches into the halls of government.

New York Times Bestselling Author

The New York Times bestselling author returns with a gripping new stand-alone novel ripped from the headlines, in which a young financial adviser and
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Harper (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 17, 2016 Jaidee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those that want a different sort of thriller
Recommended to Jaidee by: picked up while I was reading the book about Donald Trump
3 "taut, well thought out, but only middling writing" stars.

Mr. Grippando has written many thrillers of the popular fiction kind. This is my first read of his work and I have to say the book grew on me. This is a financial thriller involving a huge ponzi scheme ( a la Bernie Madoff ), the mafia, terrorists, the FBI, the CIA and a few everyday joes and janes caught in the middle.

The start was slow, a bit dull with writing that was at best, middling and at worst made me cringe with cliches and c
Alex Cantone
Mar 04, 2017 Alex Cantone rated it liked it
Three years after Wall Street trader Abe Cushman takes his own life at being exposed for running a Ponsi scheme for two decades, Patrick Lloyd, a financial advisor with one of the world's largest Swiss Banks, is recalled from the Singapore office where he has been keeping tabs on Lilly, his on-off girlfriend. But few characters in this book are who they seem, with Lloyd and his sister Connie under the witness protection program, when their mobster father confesses to the murder of Miami financia ...more
Those Ponzi schemes sure are hard to sniff out, especially the ones that last for only two decades and involve a measly $60 billion.

I very much enjoyed the only other Grippando book I've read, Money to Burn, and expected this one to live up to my expectations. While I did enjoy it, I felt a little let down by it. I like that Grippando knows whereof he speaks, that he is very familiar with the Ponzi schemes and their collapses, taking billions of dollars from innocent (and, especially in this sto
Jan 16, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Need You Now
Author James Grippando
Reviewed By Fran Lewis

One man decided to take matters into his own hands and end his life. This same man pulled off a Ponzi scheme right in front of everyone’s eyes and thought he would never get caught. Rather than face the music, pay the penalty or even divulge where the money was hidden, Abe Cushman took a leap out of a window and buried his secrets and money along with him. But, there is much more to this story as another young man, Gerry Collins who thinks
Luanne Ollivier
Dec 14, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it liked it

James Grippando is back with his latest book Need You Now, releasing January 3, 2012.

Need You Now seems to take inspiration from recent headlines - the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme in particular.

Patrick Lloyd is a young advisor at a Wall Street firm. He has returned to the US from the Singapore office after breaking up with his girlfriend Lilly, who also worked for the firm. An unnamed group thinks that Lloyd might now where their missing two billion dollars are as Lilly was the one who proce
Aaron Baker
Jan 05, 2012 Aaron Baker rated it it was ok
Maybe this book picks up but for right now I just can't get into the story. Also, I had no idea how much the song from Lady Antebellum which has the same name as the title of this book would be referenced. Maybe it actually, somehow plays a role in the storyline later but it feels like the author just really liked the song (like, more than any song he'd ever liked before) and he wanted to not only name a book after it but also mention the song every 2 or 3 pages. Since there is definitely some d ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it
This book held my interest even though it is not my typical read interest. It is the story of a financial Ponzi scheme in which very powerful people lost their money. The book tells of their attempts to trace their money and opens up major investigations involving the CIA, FBI, Wall Street, and high government officials. I found myself not being able to put the book down at times. It became difficult, at times, to keep all the characters identified, but overall I recommend this book for reading.
David Marshall
Feb 16, 2012 David Marshall rated it it was ok
This is very disappointing from an author who has been on the New York Bestsellers list. The characters are cardboard and the plot full of semi-incomprehensible cliches.
Kevin Bachovchin
Feb 27, 2014 Kevin Bachovchin rated it liked it
I've read about 15 Grippando books and this was probably my least favorite. For Grippando books about the stock market, I'd really recommend Money to Burn over this one.
Cheryl Karkoff
Jan 18, 2012 Cheryl Karkoff rated it it was ok
THis book had good parts but it was confusing. It dealt with a ponzi scheme and government corruption. When it ended I was left wondering what happened. I just didn't get it.
Apr 10, 2013 Marie rated it it was ok
In Need You Now, Abe Cushman commits suicide after pulling off a 60 billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Patrick Lloyd's girlfriend Lilly is somehow tied to the lost millions which puts both of their lives in danger. They hope they can remain on the run long enough to uncover the truth and evade the powerful people determined to keep their secrets.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the premise, which played on the notoriety of Bernice Madoff. It probably would have been thrilling if I could
Mar 07, 2017 Joe rated it it was ok
the plot got too complicated. Good story that mired down with unnecessary complications
Richard Gazala
Jan 28, 2012 Richard Gazala rated it really liked it
As our economy continues to wheeze slowly along (what we hope is) its road to recovery in The Great Recession's tumultuous aftermath, James Grippando has written a new thriller that gives pause to conventional thought about what laid beneath one of the most brutal financial crimes of recent times. The story's starting point is clearly inspired by Bernie Madoff's felonious scam that's commonly considered the biggest financial fraud in American history. In the stand-alone book "Need You Now," howe ...more
Nov 18, 2011 Alla rated it it was amazing
“Need you now” by James Grippando starts out as a Bernie Madoff-like character, Abe Cushman, commits suicide after his sixty billion Ponzi scheme is discovered. As his partner, Gerry Collins, learns about Cushman’s suicide, he is murdered himself upon getting into his car.

Fast forward three years and we met, Patrick Lloyd, a Manhattan employee of the International Bank of Switzerland who had just returned from his six month stint in Singapore, where he had broken up with his girlfriend Lilly Sc
This is a contemporary novel infulenced by the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. In this case, Abe Cushman, former chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange commits suicide when his Ponzi scheme comes to light.

Patrick Lloyd a young Wall St. advisor to a major Swiss bank, is called into the corporate office and ordered to find Lilly Scanlon and the money she manipulated while she was an executive with the bank. This was in connection to the Ponzi scheme.

Scanlon is Lloyd's girlfriend. She tells him that she
Dec 28, 2011 Samantha rated it liked it
This is a financial thriller and I wasn't sure about it as I picked it up. It is an Andie Henning book but it is a standalone and you don't have to read any of James Gripppando's other books. I followed some of the Bernie Madoff saga but not very closely. I afraid wouldn't be able to keep up. However, I should have known that James Grippando would write about it in a way that would be fascinating and understandable. It was fairly quick paced. It dragged a little in the middle as the characters w ...more
Joe Jones
Jan 16, 2012 Joe Jones rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
This was my first book by Mr. Grippando. I have handed out so many of his titles to customers I felt it was time to read one of them. Not a bad thriller for me. The action moved along at a good pace and most of the characters were interesting enough to keep me reading.

Patrick works for the Bank of Switzerland in the New York office after a stint at their Singapore office. He had recently broke up with his girlfriend Lily and needed a change. It turns out to not be a good change for him when he
Feb 09, 2012 Dale rated it liked it
A readable but uninspired thriller

Did you ever read a book that was more interesting for the places that the characters went than it was for the characters themselves? Well, this book is one of those.

Not that this is a bad book - it starts with an interesting underlying plot involving a Bernie Madoff type of ponzi scheme and a hint that the government had worked to keep the scheme going long after it should have been discovered. Bring in contract killers, terrorist connections, a dying former mo
Jan 24, 2013 Ellen rated it liked it
This was my first title by James Grippando. It's a take on Wall Street financial crimes; a Ponzi scheme much like Bernie Madoff's. It is complicated by the fact that the feds wanted to keep it going, despite the obvious harm to investors. Did the feds know how many people were being hurt and how much money was really lost? What bigger fish did they have to fry? Why were those innocent people ignored? All of it comes together eventually, after a Grisham-esque romp through Manhattan by an attracti ...more
When I read the publisher’s synopsis of Need You Now by bestselling author James Grippando, it sounded so relevant to what we’ve been going through as part of this recession that I thought it would be a very timely read. It definitely was. Obviously real life is, hopefully, not normally as filled with conspiracies as fiction; however, Need You Now was a gripping read. If you like conspiracy thriller novels full of political and corporate intrigue, with a bit of romantic interest, then you’re goi ...more
Mar 18, 2012 NancyG rated it liked it
Having read everything james Grippando has written I was excited to pack this book on my latest trip. I was very disappointed in this story mirroring Bernie Madolf's Ponzi scheme and featuring the young Wall Street advisor and his girlfriend who must run for their lives as the victims seek revenge and their money back. The story just never gripped me and I found I didnt care what happened to the protagonists. I will pack Grippando's next book this one nonetheless as he hits a home run more often ...more
Roger Scherping
Jan 06, 2016 Roger Scherping rated it did not like it
This book has an overly complicated plot that relies on too many accidental events to be believable. For the first 100 pages you knew that both of the main characters were lying without knowing why, and because of that I just couldn't get interested in either of them. All of the characters are thinly developed and stereotypical. And the story moves along at a very rapid pace that never slows for any details or background to add color, with the exception of precise details about New York City str ...more
May 26, 2013 Joe rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. Based on real world economic developments, it could have been a great one, but the jerky plot and cliché characters made it more bland than exciting. By Chapter 15 I need to be attached to at least one of the characters, but I had no idea who was really who. You can’t keep me completely in the dark by this point in the story. I’m all for suspense, but this wasn’t so much suspense as it was trapdoors that do nothing to improve the forward momentum.
JP Ratto
Dec 01, 2015 JP Ratto rated it really liked it
Another fast-paced suspenseful plot. Good premise and likeable characters. Patrick Lloyd and Lilly Scanlon, once lovers, are reunited and on the run. Someone believes they have the means to uncover the whereabouts of billions of dollars lost in a Ponzi scheme. Their lives depend on uncovering the truth. Set mostly in New York, I enjoyed the descriptions of some of the city's landmarks and neighborhoods. Recommended.
Derek Cook
Mar 13, 2013 Derek Cook rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, crime
I had high hopes for this book in the early going but by the middle point it devolved to a muddled, over-complicated plot that required more thoughtful consideration than I wanted to give it. I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator did little to help with poor voice-acting that only slightly differentiated between some of the characters of the same gender. While I love Wall Street/high finance novels, by the end of this one, I was ready to wrap it up and move on to my next book.
David Isgur
Feb 20, 2012 David Isgur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Grippando sure know how to write a page turner. I found myself whipping through this book with all the plot twists and turns. The story is ripped from the headlines and does keep you guessing right to the end. The character development, though, was a little thinner than some of his other books, and I didn't always buy into the characters' motivations because there wasn't enough depth behind them to really know that that was the right decision for that character.
Darlene Gordon
Jan 18, 2015 Darlene Gordon rated it liked it
I don't usually read this kind of book, related to financial concerns but I did find this one was interesting as it did give me the feeling that the author knows the subject and presented it quite well. It was interesting his method of telling the story with first person and third person as it gave him more flexibility than with the first person. The action was fast paced and presented in such a manner that it kept my interest up to the end.
Stacy Bearse
Jun 12, 2012 Stacy Bearse rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I'll start by saying how much I like Grippando's work. With that in mind, I expected a lot from NEED YOU NOW. The plot and characters were disappointing ... paper-thin and contrived. Perhaps the author tried too hard. After all, any narrative that blends together organized crime, Washington corruption, international terrorism, a Madoff-like scam and Wall-Street scoundrels is bound to grow tangled and overly complex. Here's hoping that the author returns to more familiar ground.
Alex Arth
Feb 29, 2012 Alex Arth rated it it was amazing
Grippando really knows how to weave a story together! The book starts out with Wall Street Ponzi scheme. Eventually, it involves a Swiss Bank, the CIA, the FbI, and the NSA. There are also people working undercover to find money hidden from the Ponzi scheme. The plot jumps around a lot from one character to another, but eventually everything comes together. A great story line. It was hard to put the book down. I highly recommend it.
Holly Morey
Nov 15, 2013 Holly Morey rated it really liked it
What starts out as a Ponzi scheme and 2 billion dollars missing, becomes a fast paced mystery. There are twists and turns, including the FBI, Treasury department and the CIA, all of them trying to locate the missing money. Patrick, a low-level stock trader, reunites with an old girlfriend, Lilly, to try to determine what happened. To me this book was a page turner
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