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The Teller

By: Jonathan Stone
Narrated by: Karen Peakes
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Twenty-three-year-old Elaine Kelly doesn't earn much as a bank teller, and most of her salary goes toward caring for her terminally ill mother. When a lonely old man who deposits money at her bank every week gets hit and killed by a delivery truck, Elaine - a good Irish girl from Queens - thinks she's found the answer to her problems. She'll just transfer $1 million from the dead man's account into hers.

Except that the lonely old man may not have been who he seemed. And when you take $1 million that isn't yours, it can cost you…way more.

Acclaimed author Jonathan Stone's pulse-pounding thriller takes listeners from the darkest corners of New York's financial empire into a shadowy hierarchy of wealth and power. The Teller follows the money - and takes listeners along for the wild ride.

©2015 Jonathan Stone (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A LOT of moral ambiguity - but in a good way.

I listened to my first Jonathan Stone because it was narrated by the very wonderful R.C. Bray. Sometimes you just luck into a new author by the side door.

There's a darkness to this book, but it's not overpowering, thanks, in part, to Karen Peake's outstanding narration. She's crisp, in touch with the story, and just a joy to listen to.

At first glace, Elaine Kelly's life seems fairly humdrum. She's a teller at a branch of a huge banking conglomerate. She likes her work and her co-workers well enough, she's good at her job and engages with her customers. When she gets home, though, she is revealed to be the sole caretaker of her dying mother. So - life is a good bit worse than humdrum.

One day at the bank, an inconceivable opportunity presents itself, pushing a chain of death and danger, already in progress, to the next level. BOOM!

I love that the protagonist is female and isn't always morally on the straight and narrow. It's also remarkable that this book must surely have been written before the #MeToo movement, but comes at a perfect time for much of the plot to be poignant.

Highly recommend this one.

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