Nick Santora - Fifteen Digits
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books
9 May 2013
Slick, stylish, witty and sensational, Nick Santora’s second novel, Fifteen Digits, is as good as it gets thanks to a deftly worked plot, a delicate and powerful use of prose and characters that encompass every possible walk of life imaginable.
he men in the print and post room at a top New York law firm are sitting on a goldmine: the documents they see every day are all they need to play the stock market and win big. The scam seems foolproof and the rewards spectacular. And since each man knows just three of the fifteen numbers that grant access to their account, they're forced to share the money fairly. They should have known that when millions of dollars are involved, all bets are off.
The beauty of this book is that nothing and nobody are as they seem. Rich – the up-and-coming lawyer who simply wants to get married to the love of his life – is far more multi-faceted than is at first believed, whereas Eddie – the disabled head of The Print Room – also has an underlying depth and emotional basis that is deeply entertaining to see revealed.
This is the mastery of Santora’s writing, which shouldn’t really come as that much of a surprise given that he has written for such shows as The Soprano’s and Law & Order. What is surprising, however, is the subtle manner in which the novel changes direction time and again and so leads the reader into a world of second guessing by degrees and almost inevitably leads them awry.
A mixture of the legalise of John Grisham, the stylistics of Dennis Lehane and the characters of Harlan Coben is a heady blend indeed and, with Fifteen Digits, Nick Santora has managed to produce a potent cocktail of thrills, spills and action to rival anything these masters of their craft can produce and a novel that will keep any Crime fan happy for a long time to come.