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Escape Velocity

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  208 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
When does the Con become the Artist?

Georgia Griffin has just arrived in Silicon Valley from Piney, Arkansas on very bald tires, having firmly rejected her beloved father’s life as a con artist. Her father is in jail and a certain minister is hugging her mother for Jesus while eyeing Georgia’s little sister, Katie-Ann. Georgia desperately needs to keep her new job as parale
Paperback, First, 432 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Steelkilt Press
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Louise Wilson
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Georgia Griffin has just arrived in Silicon Valley after rejecting her father who is a con artist and is in jail. She's got a new job as a paralegal for Lumina Software. She needs to provide a safe place for her little sister Katie-Ann. Georgia is living in fear as she realises that incompetence and self-dealing have put a death grip on her new company. Soon Georgia reverts to being a con artist to clean up the company.

What a fun read this is. Brilliant.

I would like to thank Net Galley, Steelki
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
thank you for this giveaway, goodreads! Thank you Susan Wolfe for a wonderful book!
a wonderful romp with the grifter, Georgia. well fleshed out characters and very entertaining and funny. with a wonderful twist ending. Brava!
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wolfe has given us a great legal thriller with a twist. It took me a while to get into the novel but by midway, I was hooked.

Wolfe has crafted a very interesting character in Georgia. She's got a good heart and wants to really set things right in the software company. How she goes about it is innovative. She has learned well from her father and can spot the mark and set up the con. Her form of the con is to see an incompetent person leave the company. This is one of those times when I wonder if
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of mysteries and thrillers with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure.
Escape Velocity, by Edgar Award-winning author Susan Wolfe, is a fantastic look inside large software development company based in Silicon Valley. The characters, and there is an unusual cast, will have you loving and hating, and quite possibly identifying the behaviors of incompetent people in high positions. Georgia Griffin will have you rooting for her success as a paralegal who is determined to save the company by exposing corruption and incompetence. She employs her years of con-man/woman t ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Susan Wolfe’s Escape Velocity exposes the volatility and fast pace of Silicon Valley where high tech employees drive hard to climb the corporate ladder and secure financial success. As a former lawyer and Silicon Valley insider, Wolfe untangles a web of corporate intrigue through the eyes of Georgia Griffin, a newly minted paralegal eager to emulate her con artist father. From boardroom politics to agenda-driven employees and destructive co-workers, Wolfe uses her firsthand knowledge of financia ...more
Carol Kersten
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! Georgia Griffin is a delight, combating challenge after challenge with keen perceptive abilities and “special” talents. A hilarious book , it also has real heart and is grounded in values that can feel out of place in Silicon Valley. This book will be entertaining for all, but for those in Silicon Valley it will be especially satisfying. A fast read, at the end I was so sorry to leave the world of Georgia Griffin. I also loved Ms. Wolfe’s first book “The Last Billable Hour”. B ...more
Beth Roemer
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a former Silicon Valley general counsel, I was completely captivated by Susan Wolfe’s new novel. The author provides such realistic detail about the legal and financial troubles facing Lumina Software that I felt I was back in the trenches myself. However, Lumina Software’s good fortune is having the scrappy Georgia Griffin on board as Ken Madigan’s new paralegal. The ultimate problem-solver, Georgia gamely confronts the misconduct and incompetence threatening to sink the company. Together wi ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Escape Velocity introduces you to Georgia Griffin, a very small town girl who is yearning to let go of her past. Can she do it? Author Susan Wolfe does a wonderful job of showing how difficult it is for someone to actually escape old ways. Desire to grow and evolve is often thwarted by old patterns and alluring, easy opportunities for success. For Georgia this means navigating a work-a-day corporate world using very un-corporate ways--ways that are explicitly discouraged in the Ethics 101 video ...more
Elke VOlkmann
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Susan Wolfe's new book is a remarkable feat of storytelling - with wit, insight, suspense and humor. A pure joy to read, and a page turner.

Not only does the reader get introduced to a rare and remarkable interesting insight into a legal department at a Silicon Valley tech firm, but also will enjoy a very intelligently written story. In the midst of serious issues and suspense there is room for great satirical humor.
This book combines it all.
I highly recommend it and can't wait for any future boo
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent new novel from the Edgar-Award-winning author of The Last Billable Hour. Set in the heart of Silicon Valley, the story follows Georgia Griffin as she uses all of her skills to address the issues threatening her company all while working towards a new life for herself. The novel offers wonderful insight into the inner workings and challenges of a Silicon Valley tech company and creates a suspenseful story I thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to the next adventure from Susan Wolfe!
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining insider's view of the legal-financial machinations of a Silicon Valley tech firm. Clearly, Wolfe knows whereof she writes. It's a legal thriller, it's a murder mystery, it's a dramedy peopled with a wide range of well-drawn characters. Foremost among them is Georgia Griffin, smart and plucky to the max. Here's hoping we get to read her further adventures in the tech trade in follow-on books.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is fun; a quick-paced adventure in the unlikely setting of a Silicon Valley software company. The cast of quirky characters are likable and the story has good twists and turns. But I really liked is how true to life it is - the scenarios that Georgia encounters made me both giggle and cringe in equal measure. I definitely recommend it, especially for those living and working in Silicon Valley!
Pamela Ison
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars Fabulous main character!
What’s fun about this book is how a smart, young female lawyer from Arkansas butts up against the culture of a big Silicon Valley company. She’s cunning, she’s funny and she’s a reluctant con-artist who gets herself involved in cleaning up a few problems at the company—all of which makes for a great read.
Charlotte Lynn
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Georgia Griffins is wonderful! She has a conman as a father, has been raised learning how to run the cons, and isn’t afraid to push the limits to get what she wants. When I think of a con I think something entirely illegal. Georgia’s cons are more of telling the right people information that may or may not be entirely true about other people. She is good, she does her homework, and knows how to tell the “secrets” without them coming back to her. Unfortunately there are times people die, get fire ...more
Pam Venne
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mary Ann Markowitz, Sam Reeves, Justin,
What a wild ride from a small town in Arkansas to the shenanigans in Silicon Valley's high tech industry, this legal, financial, and con-job combo is a page-turner from the beginning. 5-STARS

While Georgia Griffin appears to initially want to shed her father's genius for the con, she finds it is the only way to keep the paralegal job she so desperately needs to keep her younger sister Katie-Ann safe.

This is a book where almost any reader can identify with at least one character in the book. You e
Cindy Burnett
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Escape Velocity is a clever thriller with a highly entertaining protagonist. Georgia Griffin moves to California to start a new life and earn enough money to help her younger sister escape an unpleasant situation at home. Their father is in jail for running cons, and their mother is unable or unwilling to protect Katie-Ann from a lecherous minister. After many interviews, Georgia lands a paralegal position at a software development company called Lumina. Immediately after starting her job, she r ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georgia is a poor youngster from Arkansas who is hired as paralegal for a software company in Silicon Valley. As she learns her way around, she sees incompetent people thwarting the efforts of people trying to do their jobs and saving the company from different, significant problems. Her father, a con artist, is in prison but he taught Georgia well. She uses her reading of a person's traits and actions to maneuver situations to get them gone from the company. The first half of the book was so cr ...more
Wolfe has written a fine book and I'm eagerly anticipating finding more of her works.

Oh wow, what a fun read!  Many, many scenarios that realistically portray boating, corporate, law enforcement, legal, scholastic conditions and events and many of them are at worst possible, and mostly plausible.  All presented with great humor –with a wickedly sharp edge.

I enjoyed this read so much that I missed my absolute last bedtime by over three hours – without finishing the book!  The _only_ issue I had w
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Georgia Griffin moves to San Jose to work as a paralegal for a business intelligence company. Georgia believes that she has special skills because her father has trained her as a con artist. Since he is in prison, a reader might be skeptical of his skill. Although completely lacking in subtlety or sophistication, Georgia is fairly successful at her cons and setups because most of the company executives are astoundingly stupid. Georgia’s resilience and commitment to her sister make her an attract ...more
Lisa Fisher
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't known quite what to expect, although the teaser/synopsis sounded interesting. But I found myself completely enjoying the book! I just read through the first page of others' reviews, and I don't think I can say anything different - they have covered it well and I agree with it all. Great characters, fun plot, very well written. Can really relate to the humor of the idiocy of the corporate bureaucracy. As I finished the book, I came to this site hoping that perhaps there would be another ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had all the characteristics that I appreciate in a good read, well-drawn, believable characters, well-paced story, well-written and fun to read. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. This is the first book I have read by this author and will be seeking her first book. I look for more of her books in the future. This book was fun! I received the book as a Goodreads giveaway and was asked to provide an honest review.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy legal thrillers and this did not disappoint. It had a different mood than other legal thrillers because it was not gritty with a subject such as murder or other heinous crimes which shall not be named. It's more character-based and you can't help but root for Georgia and her sister. The only slightly annoying thing is that with all of her knowledge of people (read: cons), I feel like she should have seen the twist coming before I did.
Margaret Shumaker

I loved her first book, a more traditional mystery. This is a delight, not really a mystery but an observant look at corporate shenanigans told by a feisty paralegal who has special gifts for spotting the cons so prevalent in corporate life, and everywhere else. Loved this, it made me smile.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
I was sent this book for review and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But Georgia was a really fun character and she was creative in solving her office's problems. Sometimes legal storylines can get bogged down because I'm not sure what they're talking about, but Georgia made them easy to understand. I would read more about Georgia.
Laurie Freeman
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend with a view at the top management.

Wow, what a pleasant surprise. I have never read anything by Susan Wolfe before, but, you can be sure she is now on my favorite author list. Truly interesting with a fine attention to detail without a single typographical error. Nothing to distract from a well thought out story line and well developed characters.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story and well concocted. The main character and her many adventures made the tie-ins to her family and family history most intriguing. I especially liked her dialogs with her incarcerated father. It definitely was an excellent read.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The word 'con' is what hooked me. I couldn't imagine I could finish a book full of jargons but I did. I don't even bother to look them up. This book can never bore me. Georgia got her mission accomplished and that is the best happy ending!!
Cynthia Swanson

Mildly entertaining yarn about a young, poor paralegal conning her way into and throughout a Silicon Valley software company, and saving it from dastardly executives via more cons.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and engaging
Trish Peterson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wild ride!

A non-stop trip into a highly dysfunctional IT firm. Great characters and a plot that keeps on surprising the reader. Five stars!
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Susan Wolfe is a lawyer with a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Stanford University. After four years of practicing law full time, she bailed out and wrote the best-selling The Last Billable Hour, which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. She returned to law for another sixteen years, first as a criminal defense attorney and then as an in-house lawyer for Silicon Val ...more
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