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Exit Strategy

(Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  663 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Diamonds, Danger, and Disappearance
A Katerina Carter Legal Thriller

Fraud investigator, Katerina Carter just doesn’t know when to quit, which lands her in some pretty messy and precarious situations. Now that’s she’s out of work and running out of money, Kat needs to get more clients, or she’ll be forced to go crawling back to a cubicle at her previous firm. And to Kat that
Published November 19th 2011 by Books on the Green
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Montzalee Wittmann
Exit Strategy by Colleen Cross and narrated by Peters Burchard is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This has suspense, a mob boss and his daughter to deal with, illegal diamonds, kidnapping, murder, and money laundering! I did learn a lot about illegal diamond trading too. This was a fast paced, with constant on the go action and adventure that I had to listen to all in one sitting. Can't wait for more in the series! Great characters and excellent plot.
The narration was b
Una Tiers
The writing was okay, although midway through, words were dropped from sentences. The minutia dragged the pace to a crawl. The repetitions made it hard to finish.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have to be honest 2019 is starting off on a bland start for me. I am certified to investigate fraud... in a past life I investigated insurance fraud.

So of course I loved the premise of this book.

When I finally decided to read it... I felt... not much.

There is a lot going on in this book... I mean a lot... mob bosses, diamonds, illegal stuff, more illegal stuff... oh wait a twist more mob boss stuff... I mean like I said the book is fast paced but that is because there is so much going on yo
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Goodreads Author, Colleen Cross introduces readers to a wonderful new protagonist, Katerina Carter. The forensic account slightly reminds me of Kinsey Millhone. Kat is broke, living in her office, and her ex-boyfriend is in her life more than she wants him to be. She finally has a case. Liberty Diamond Mines’ CFO has disappeared along with $5 Billion dollars. She stumbles on a diamond laundering scheme at one of Liberty’s mines, before a major stock holder is murdered and a former geologist refu ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pretty near anyone. Don't think kids or YA would be interested due to financial theme.
Shelves: suspense, thriller
I had no idea what a forensic accountant was until reading this novel. (Such an accountant tracks down missing money in cases of financial wrong-doing.) I certainly had no idea that a story about a forensic accountant could be exciting, suspenseful, and scary.

Forensic accountant Katarina (Kat) Carter is called in when five billion dollars goes missing from a Canadian corporation mining diamonds. She can't figure out why they called her. She's the least important investigator of her kind in town,
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
An action-packed thriller about dirty money and diamonds! Katerina Carter is hired by Liberty Diamond Mines to find a large amount of money that is missing. Just as she begins breaking the service of what happened, bad things start to happen. Dead bodies begin showing up, someone is trying to kill Kat, and Kat finds herself in a race against time. As Kat begins to get closer to the truth, the more risky it gets. Can she figure out where the money went and who is responsible before they can catch ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I won this book via goodreads from firstreads in a giveaway, and am so glad I was picked as a winner! I love thrillers and just came out of a book called Black Fridays that had to do with stock broker embezzlement and a heartfelt story behind it, and I have to say although I loved both books Exit Strategy went the extra mile with details on money laundering! Coleen Cross has a niche for writing and can't wait to read more of this fantastic writing style. I am a person with many questions and go ...more
In Exit Strategy, Colleen Cross weaves a gripping tale of international intrigue that links the world of high finance to diamond smuggling. Her story takes us on a wild ride as Kat, her witty and feisty investigator, races against the clock to recover billions of stolen dollars while evading the wrath of organized crime. This well-crafted thriller with nonstop action keeps you flipping the pages to the very end to find out what happens next!
Kayla Krantz
This audiobook had all the bada** elements of a great action movie. There were falsified diamonds, high speed chases, murders, kidnapping, and a ton of other adventures packed into this book.

Katerina is a fantastically strong character. When she first takes the case to study the possible fraud at Liberty, she doesn’t think her discovery will land her in such danger. However, once she learns the truth, she refuses to give up, going so far as to risk implicating herself and her Uncle Harry in the
Celine Schuurman
Wow, wat een geweldig boek! Vanaf het eerste moment wordt je meegesleurd in een spannend verhaal over diamantfraude. Een echte aanrader!
Terry  (TBC)
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook review

This story was great.
It’s got so much detail into the crimes & characters it must have taken ages to research. The diamond mines and the trading alone.
Such a change from the Witchy books. I love them & loved this!
The narrator was really good. Tempo spot and she kept the characters going so well.
Really fab start to I’m hoping is a new series.
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nooduitgang is een verhaal vol actie, theorieën waar hoofdpersonage Kat haar hoofd over breekt en duistere figuren. Het verhaal begint gelijk in een gedetailleerd beschreven donkere scène, waarbij je als lezer direct in het verhaal gezogen wordt, steeds dieper in je stoel kruipt, en met razend tempo door wilt lezen: hoe gaat dit verder? Hoe is dit zo gekomen en vooral: wie zit hierachter?

Het verhaal loopt na deze scène als een trein. Er wordt veel uitgelegd over de gang van zaken en hoe het prec
Todd Fonseca
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exit Strategy - A Rare "Gem"...

Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Colleen Cross
Format: Kindle, Paperback

In massive amounts of debt and wondering why she ever decided to start her own the forensic accounting business, Katerina (Kat) Carter is forced to live in her office space after being evicted for not paying her rent. As her world is about to completely unravel, Liberty Diamond Minds comes into the picture. Someone has embezzled five billion dollars and before going public with the information, the CEO hop
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forensic accountant Katerina (Kat) Carter has her own new practice, but business is slow and she’s so broke that she is forced to live in her office. When she’s hired to find Liberty Diamond Mines’ missing $5 billion and its CFO, she takes the job, despite a couple of red flags and an impossibly short deadline. In Kat’s profession, little is what it seems at first glance. This time, the paper trail leads straight into physical danger.

Exit Strategy is a riveting story about what happens when gree
Peter Gregoire
This was an enjoyable financial thriller with a clever plot, a heroine you could really root for and some nice twists and turns. The real bonus, however, was the information you pick up on margin calls, conflict diamonds and the corporate governance process of listed companies in general. The author displays the kind of comfort in these areas you only get from either being an industry insider or through in depth research. Both a thrilling and educational read, therefore and am looking forward to ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Exit Strategy the reader follows forensic accountant Kat Carter on a international $5 billion fraud ivestigation. Cross pulls you into the story as Kat is immersed in the intriguing and dangerous world of blood diamond laundering. Once she has drawn you in, Colleen Cross keeps keeps you flipping pages in this a fast paced adventure by introducing many plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Gloria Ferris
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exit-strategy
I didn’t think it could happen but, by the time I finished reading EXIT STATEGY, I felt I understood the world of money laundering, big corporations and the role of forensic accountants in following the money. Five stars for EXIT STRATEGY and I’m looking forward to the next Kat Carter adventure.
- Gloria Ferris, author of CHEAT THE HANGMAN
Robin Spano
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Seriously good story. Original protagonist & fun international plot.
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It seemed like a good story in the beginning but got more and more unrealistic. I'm surprised at all the praise.
Pippa Shaw
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
Who knew that forensic accounting could make for such a dangerous job, or for such an absorbing read. This very enjoyable thriller tells the story of Katerina Carter, forensic accountant turned PI who is asked by a large, local diamond company to investigate the disappearance of five billion dollars, and the Chief Financial Officer. Because of her own mounting debts, and the added burden of the buy-to-renovate mortgage that her ex-fiance wants her to share, she takes the job.

There begins a compl
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the first book in the Katerina Carter Fraud series. Katerina is a forensic accountant - someone who reviews financial records to find the money. She is hired by a company who is suddenly missing millions of dollars and a CFO. The company is reluctant to inform the public/stockholders of the loss. Kat, who is really down on her luck and living out of her office, wonders why she
Jo Reason
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-reads
Wow, this is finally something different, most books follow a very similar story line, but in this case the author writes about a forensic accountant, I mean, what is that? it sounds so cool. So, into the audio book I go. It is not one of the longest in the world at 8 hrs and 51 mins. This is a good moment to say that I was offered and audible code for this book in exchange for a review. Thanks Colleen.

There is a lot going on in the book, the action is fast paced, but not too much that you can g
Iain Hart
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Legal thrillers have never been high on my listening list, but this very one may just change that,I really enjoyed this one.From the very beginning the opening line ,the action came thick and fast, from then it just got better and better.I found Katerina, believable and a real tryer, I loved all the close relationships, which proves there is nothing more important than family, specially in such a story.I found the plot well written and twisty and turny, just when i thought I had a handle on the ...more
Maggie Kiely
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as a free download in return for a fair review.
Suspense with a splash of intrigue Katerina Carter is a forensic accountant hired to uncover money laundering plus tracing the sources of blood diamonds. Katerina tries to do good while not having an idea on maintaining her own safety.
This is not the usual kind of thriller starting with a murder then working to solve it.
The characters here include mobsters, diamonds, and murder.
The plot is complex taking time to develop on the fi
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who'd have thought a story that is mostly about the mining and economics of diamonds could be so thrilling. Yet Colleen Cross pulls it off. I knew a little about blood diamonds (mainly from watching a movie and researching afterwards) but not a great deal.
This book pulls together some quite extensive financial accounting details of the diamond trade, mob bosses, murder, kidnapping and makes a breathtaking chase against time. I was gripped by Katerina's investigation (even the numbers scenes whe
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story had a lovely depth of complexity to it, at first it seems Katerina has been hired to do a simple investigation but it soon becomes apparent that there is far more going on than it first seemed.

The character development is incredibly well done all of the characters feel real and they all have complex thoughts and motivations. I loved Katarina, she's strong, stubborn, and driven, and as things he's up and what information comes to light she's not prepared to walk away even when that's t
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...I was not only pleasantly surprised by this story, but I was blown away! I’m married to a CPA and do quite a bit of financial reporting at my job so I was prepared for a bit of boredom. What I got instead was an infuriating young forensic accountant who, through her dogged pursuit, was able to solve a crime that involved an Argentinian arms/illegal diamond dealer, and a Canadian gang. Even after several attempts on her life, Kat never gave up. Lots of twists and turns and Kat’s side kicks, ...more
Nicola Mitchell
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this one on audible. I was familiar with Colleen Cross’s writing as I’d also listened to one of her Westwick Witches’ series too. The narration across the two was fairly similar and I actually liked the narration more in this book. Although, I did keep linking voices in this one, to that book.

An intriguing tale of corporate fraud with twists a plenty. Never knew there was such a thing as forensic accountants and there was a lot of research into the diamond trade illicit and licit wi
Melanie Lewis
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-books
You think you've read about every kind of hero and then along comes Colleen Cross and presents us with a daredevil forensic accountant! The story, involving Argentinian cartels, floating MacDonald's and the stock market was very detailed and very, very clever. I must confess, at times I got a wee bit lost in the financial shenanigans, but nevertheless appreciated the brilliance of the author in writing them. There were some heart stopping moments of tension, and Kat Carter makes a fabulous hero. ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forensic Accounting

Narrator Petrea Burchard always comes through with a complete cast of characters, male and female, to put forth an engaging play. In this she is assisted by author Colleen Cross' clever tale of terrorism, diamond smuggling, banking, murder, and fraud. I've read several of the author's paranormal tales (crime-solving witches) which were cozies; RCMP involvement (why, yes, this is a Canadian story) introduces more of a procedural bent to this thriller. But it is the antics of o
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Colleen Cross writes exciting, intelligent thrillers and engrossing mysteries that grip you from the very first page. She took her very own "Exit Strategy" from the corporate world into the book world several years ago to indulge her bookworm wannabe writer self.

She lives with her family on the West Coast. When she's not writing, she loves to run and explore with her rescue dog, Jaeger, who remin

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