Monday, April 28, 2008

THE DEAL by Adam Gittlin

Jonah Gray is a successful commercial real estate broker who stands to make a huge windfall from a time-sensitive investment deal presented to him by family friend Andreu Zhamovsky. While working the deal at a party in the Hamptons, Jonah has a chance encounter with a man calling himself "John Robie." The next day, Jonah learns "Robie" is actually behind the theft of several Faberge eggs, one of which is planted in Jonah's briefcase.

Knowing nothing about commercial real estate, that aspect of the book didn't appeal to me. However, I did appreciate Jonah's race to learn more about the egg and the deal while being pursued by police and other interested parties, and how being forced into choices changes him.

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