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Fifteen Digits

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  189 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
A GRITTY THRILLER SET IN THE WORLD OF POWERFUL NEW YORK LAW FIRMS, FROM NICK SANTORA, WRITER OF THE HIT CRIME DRAMAS THE SOPRANOS, LAW & ORDER, PRISON BREAK and BREAKOUT KINGS AND THE NATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SLIP & FALL.

Is it really insider trading if you’ve been an outsider your entire life?

Five men. Five walks of life. Every day they come together at the
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Mulholland Books (first published April 1st 2012)
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Vox
Apr 30, 2012 Vox rated it really liked it
The problem with reviewing a book like Fifteen Digits, by Nick Santora, is figuring out how to tell you about it without giving away anything.

Let's start with the basic plot: Rich Mauro, in his mid-twenties, finally catches a break when he gets a job in the printing room at a Manhattan law firm. Rich's goal is to move up to an office, becoming an actual attorney at the firm. But first he needs to get through undergrad, then law school. Even with the firm's tuition help, Rich is looking at a moun
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Josh
Mar 03, 2013 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, read_2013
A group of young men working blue collar low paying jobs in the basement of prominent law firm Olmstead & Taft conspire to get rich quick by partaking in insider trading. As the Blazers, working in the printing department of the law firm, the group are entrusted with big corporation secrets which have the power to make or break share prices. When approached by a disgruntled lawyer to actually read the documents they handle on a daily basis and use that knowledge the swindle the share market, ...more
Lynnie
Jul 10, 2012 Lynnie rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the writing a lot, I really liked a lot of the characters, however I was frustrated because about a fourth of the way through (if not sooner) it became very obvious where the book was heading. Shortly after that, the author started telling us what was going to happen before it happened such as, "that was the last time they ever spoke" & things like that. I hate when authors do that. How about letting us get to the part when one of them dies befo ...more
Jessica
Apr 09, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
It was ok. I hated the overuse of foreshadowing. It killed the suspense that I enjoy most in mysteries/thrillers. It was pretty depressing throughout, however I did enjoy the camaraderie built by 4 men from such different walks of life.
Alissa
May 18, 2012 Alissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, 2012
2.5 stars. An ok thriller too much foreshadowing. I kept reading to know how it ended. Then I was sad.
barry
Jun 23, 2012 barry rated it it was amazing
GRAET, FANTASTIC....BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A WHILE....AND SURPRISE ENDING!!!!!!
CAN'T WAIT 'TIL NICK SANTORA WRITES ANOTHER
Francesca
May 05, 2012 Francesca rated it it was amazing
Exciting read about the world of high finance. Santora paints a vivid portrait of the main characters and about the dilemma each faces. Hoping this one gets turned into a screenplay and movie.
Lauren
Jul 22, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
Really liked this book, but liked the characters so much that I was pissed at the ending.
Jennifer
Jul 31, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Surprised by the plot twist at the end, love when that happens!
Vin
May 19, 2017 Vin rated it it was ok
Not bad but just couldn't get into this one. The plot was alright but not exactly engrossing. Overall, a solid read.
Sean
May 06, 2017 Sean rated it really liked it
Good but not great
Max Read
Jul 14, 2014 Max Read rated it liked it
“An okay novel; an entertaining read”

Nick Santora experienced incredible good luck advancing in the world of screenwriting having done so for an episode of “The Sopranos” followed by a stint at CBS writing for “The Guardian” where he was promoted to co producer. From there, Santora went on to write and produce a season of “Law and Order” and write and co-executive produce four seasons of ‘Prison Break”. Nick Santora’s career took an interesting turn when he published his first novel “Slip and Sl
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Tom Burke
Sep 04, 2012 Tom Burke rated it liked it
Strange that sometimes it takes less to please.

I found this book predictable, the writing rough, and the characters wooden. Funny thing is: I enjoyed it. The story, as told by Nick Santora-a veteran TV writer, revolves around Nick Mauro, a young man with a painful past. His parents drowned off Long Island when he was ten and his uncle Jim, a blue collar stand up fellow, raised him as best he could. Nick has a benefactor at a prestigious law firm which he parlays into a job in the printing depar
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Donna Riley-lein
Dec 05, 2012 Donna Riley-lein rated it really liked it
Fifteen Digits

Nick Santora

Poor but deserving young man is willing to work hard for a better life.

Cue Horatio Alger.

Not so fast.

Rich Mauro, that deserving young man, has just landed a job in the print/mailroom of a high-toned law firm. The job comes courtesy of a partner in the firm, a lawyer who botched one and only one case. The case involved the deaths of Mauro’s parents. Mauro is going to night school planning to get into law school. Then on to a white-shoe firm and happily ever after.

Mauro
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Barbara
May 29, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Santora, a big firm attorney turned writer/TV producer, returns to his big firm days with this thriller, premised on the idea that while law firms have strict rules governing the conduct of white collar workers (attorneys and their assistants), there are fewer rules -- or perhaps fewer reasons to follow the rules -- with respect to support staff. Being older than Santora, and recalling the days of hard-copy "vacation memos," occasionally used by firm "mail people" who wanted to supplement their ...more
Jordan
Mar 08, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing
This is, quite possibly the most entertaining book I have read all year. It is not exactly what I would call top shelf Literature, but who cares?! Great buildup to an explosive finale, somewhat cliched but very likable characters(even the douchebag young attorney/villain was engaging), and definitly written with a movie in mind. I was casting it as I read it. I have no idea why and I am not suggesting he is a good actor, and most DEFINITLY NOT a male lead in a Hollywood film I kept picturing Jer ...more
SallyStenger
Feb 11, 2016 SallyStenger rated it did not like it
This is pulp fiction. I read it because I am reading legal-themed books and this was written by a lawyer. The type of book that is bad enough that I ask myself whether I should be reading it, good enough that I can't quite decide. Describes a law firm in Manhattan that has a printer's department (what I would call a copy center), the workers being at the bottom of the class scale. Very stereotypical characters. A young associate (spoiled rich kid whose parents keep him out of trouble), blue-coll ...more
Richard Williams
Dec 02, 2014 Richard Williams rated it it was amazing
Reading this book made me think anything is possible, my name is Richard and every time that I heard "Rich" I started to think about myself. I love rap and that's what i'm good at i'm not the best because nobody is I have a lot of people that I look up to that started from nothing and grew up with a lot. Now I didn't start of with nothing i'm a middle class 16 year old with money waiting for me once I turn 18. These five guys started of low i'm starting off recording in my room but one day i'm g ...more
Corey
May 20, 2012 Corey rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading the story of Rich Mauro and the group of guys he becomes involed with to take on the financial world. The jokes throughout the book keep it light, but it's still a pretty gritty world that the characters put themselves in. The ending took me by surprise, but it was a great way to end the book. I really like the details Santora uses to describe the scenes. It gives the reader such an imagery of what is going on around the characters, which in turn makes me the story even ...more
Tiina
Dec 09, 2016 Tiina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not like spoilers, so I disliked the very beginning of this book because the author explained how this all was going to end. It was not going to be a happy ending. He also repeated this several times at various points. It was hard to keep reading after all those depressing messages, especially when most of the characters were nice, or relatively nice people. I did not wish things to end badly for them!
Michael
This was entertaining. The guy is a screenwriter (a good one) and it reads like that, like a tv show or movie reverse engineered into a novel. I found the inevitable "moral judgement" of such forms tiresome toward the end. Not everyone who steals 50 million dollars dies in a blaze of gunfire. Much to the contrary, there are a bunch of guys walking around now that did it and didn't go to jail for a day.
Kristin
Aug 05, 2012 Kristin rated it liked it
I had never read works by this author, but was a huge fan of Breakout Kings. I was surprised that, even though he writes for TV, this book was not formulaic at all. the characters were rich and developed. None were either wholly likable or un-likable. The ending did leave me wanting a little more, but overall a more truthful portrayal of a life of crime than usually depicted in novels of this genre.
Jdcarib15
Apr 03, 2012 Jdcarib15 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC a couple weeks ago and finally got a chance to read it. Damn, I really wasn't expecting much but was thoroughly surprised by the story lines and concept. The writing isn't too complex but quite descriptive and funny at times. Perfect book for traveling or at home on the couch. Now to try his other book! His about me says he writes on Breakout Kings... I'm gonna have to check that too, I wonder if they're similar.
Karen Strumlak
Feb 21, 2013 Karen Strumlak rated it really liked it
After reading Slip and Fall I had to get this one. Couldn't get enough of Nick Santora I have to admit I thought it was going to be similar to the first. Lawyer, bad choices, gets caught situation but boy was there a twist and turn in this one. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Love how he writes and draws you into each character.
Meredith
Sep 08, 2012 Meredith rated it really liked it
Maybe I shouldn't give this book such a high rating since it had WAY too many swear words. But, I loved the story and the characters. Even though they were bad guys, I was kind of rooting for them anyway. Some of the book is a little too gritty and yucky. Even so, I really liked it and the end was a great twist.
Cosette
Feb 11, 2013 Cosette rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this - I wanted to enjoy it. Alas, I regretted having read the last third of the book. The problem? I couldn't sleep not knowing how it would all resolve! 19 chapters all ended with cliffhangers. 19 cliffhangers read before trying to sleep. 19 times! I shoulda known it would be cheap since the cliffhangers were... Lousy book!
Kat
Jan 24, 2013 Kat rated it it was amazing
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Heather
Mar 02, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Fun, gripping story. Writing style wasn't my favorite. For example, the back stories for the co-conspirators seemed to drag. I liked the surprise ending though; it was really clever. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review, which will post on The Christian Manifesto.com.
Eric
Jan 26, 2013 Eric rated it did not like it
Good plot ruined by a novel written like a screenplay. The foreshadowing felt made-for-TV. The characters were too stereotypical and the author put little effort into research or simply gave up on believability. Santora should stick to TV shows where his oversights are better suited.
Rachel
Dec 09, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This book is a page turner for sure. I loved the characters, style of writing and the suspense. I've read Nick's other book Slip and Fall and it was just as good. I just wish he had more books! I have recommended his books to all my friends who read and they all loved it too!
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