Item description for Trust by Randy Charles Epping...
Alex Payton fixes code for a living. But a small line of code in a Swiss bank's computer propels her into a world of corruption and deceit as she uncovers a bank account opened for a Jewish family before World War II. From her basement cubicle in Zurich, she is drawn to Budapest, New York, and Brazil on a dangerous hunt for the truth.
The account Alex discovers is a Treuhand account, one of many set up to protect Jewish families' identities from Nazi persecutors. This one has been slowly accruing value in a Swiss bank for more than half a century and has remained unclaimed - and undisclosed.
As she searches for clues to the fate of the family, Alex becomes entangled in an international web of treachery and murder. With each step of her investigation, she unknowingly exposes herself - and the lost heirs - to the dangers of revealing secrets that some would kill to protect.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN 1929774389 ISBN13 9781929774388
I couldn't put this book down. Best book I have read in a long time.
Innocent bet at happy hour Jun 14, 2008
Making an innocent bet at happy hour starts this financial thriller. Set in the Swiss banking environment, Alex Payton follows the thread of an account she was working with. The book follows her attempts to find the Holocaust owner of the account. The author's banking background makes this a good read as the story weaves thru the banking industry in several countries. I found this an admiral first attempt by the author. At some times I found some scenes were formulaic but still was a good read.
A Seemingly Unlikely Premise for a Great Novel Jan 22, 2007
At first hand, the premise for Charles Epping's novel "Trust" would not sound terribly interesting. In 1938, a year before the outbreak of World War II, the manager for a wealthy German Jewish family sets up an account at a Swiss bank under an assumed name (a so-called Treuhand account) so that if the Nazis invade Switzerland, they would not be able to confiscate the assets of Jewish account holders. Both the family patriarch and the manager perish during the war and by the dawn of the 21st Century, the account has grown to over $[...] Million in value and the heirs to the fortune have never been told of the account's existence.
This sounds like the setup for a dull work that would be of interest only to accountants. In the hands of all too many writers, it would be an exerise in dullness. However, author Charles Eppings carries it off with style and grace and the end result is a most unusual, yet compulsively interesting novel.
It is most recommended.
Excellent Banking Thriller! Dec 20, 2006
Aladar Kohen,a Jewish citizen of Hungary,decides to hide hid family assets in a Swiss bank before the Nazi war machine comes to Hungary..He goes to the Helvetia Bank of Zurich where he meets Rudolph Tobler.Tobler explains to Kohen the most effective way to hide his assets from the Nazis is to use a trustee(Treuhand)account.Someone else's name is on the account thereby hiding the Jewish name.This would prevent seizure of the account by the Nazis.This was done on the assumption that the Nazis will invade Sweden.Kohen makes Tober the person in charge of his trustee account.This is in 1937. You move to modern day times.Alex Payton is employed by Helvetia Bank of Zurich.She accidently discovers this account while working on her computer. She starts investigating and finds Tobler's son.Her investigation takes her to Budapest,Amsterdam,the United States, and Brazil.She discovers that the account now has a value of $397 million dollars.Alex starts a search for more heirs.This turns into quite a journey.She also discovers that this account is being used to launder money.Her life is in danger.This book has an exciting end.This is a very entertaining book that I enjoyed readin.
Trust Worthy Nov 28, 2006
Found this novel engaging from the first page. A very intriguing story that successfully interweaves fascinating past events with thrilling present-day action. Topped off with a thought-provoking ending.