The Pell Heist

Praise for Norb

“Norb Vonnegut is the seriously underappreciated author of three glittery thrillers about fiscal malfeasance. This may not sound like a red-hot franchise, but he has made it one. With “Top Producer” (2009), “The Gods of Greenwich” (2011) and now “The Trust,” he is three for three in his own improbably sexy genre.

Mr. Vonnegut dreams up diabolically elegant business crimes, then sends smart-talking characters to follow the money. He draws upon his own Wall Street experience (with Morgan Stanley, among other employers) to provide the sound of insider acumen. “I’ve had 14 managers over the last 10 years,” Grove O’Rourke says at the start of the new book. Grove was the stockbroker hero of “Top Producer,” and now he’s back for an encore.”

Full New York Times review.

—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Jack Legare’s the last person you’d enlist to recover five priceless paintings stolen twenty-five years ago. He can’t tell a Matisse from a Monet. He has no background in law enforcement. He’s going broke, and his inner circle thinks he’s an idiot for abandoning Wall Street to buy a money-pit marina.

But a former client knows Legare’s talents and woos him to join her quest to reclaim the missing masterpieces. He in turn recruits Helen Chan, a beautiful lawyer with a shadowy past and disregard for authority. The more they uncover, the uglier things get. Until, Jack and Helen know too much to live.

If you like underdogs who face overwhelming odds and “smart-talking characters” ensnared by “diabolically elegant business crimes,” which is how the New York Times describes Vonnegut’s thrillers… If you’re sick of waiting to find out who robbed the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum… Read The Pell Heist.