It’s been said that money is the root of all evil. Actually it’s the love of money that causes all the problems. Some people will lie, cheat, steal, and do whatever it takes so that they might make more money and those actions will eat away at their moral and ethical values. In Coming for Money: A novel of International Finance by F.W. Vom Scheidt, the author tells a tale of morality and the nature of man’s relationship with wealth. It’s also a fascinating look into the world of high finance. The author is a director of an international investment firm and he draws on his own first hand experience giving the story substance and meaning not always found in fiction.
Paris Smith is an International Investment broker at the top of his game. He knows how to make money, lots of money, and it’s the impetus and motivation that keeps him going. When his wife becomes ill he takes off to care for her. When he loses her he’s overwhelmed by loneliness and starts to think about his own mortality. He tries to compensate by losing himself in work and he gets involved in a fraudulent bond deal that threatens to ruin his career and his life. His integrity is challenged and fearing failure, he starts his own investigation, traveling between Toronto, Singapore and Bangkok and racing against a deadline to complete a one hundred million dollar bond transaction gone wrong. In the process he finds himself and meets a woman who may be the one to heal his heart.
The story is well written. It’s fascinating and fast paced, filled with schemes, corruption and corporate intrigue. It’s also a character driven study of a man’s struggle to find himself. The first-person narrative provides an intimate look inside the mind of someone who is too focused on wealth and material possessions and wants to find real happiness. The hero is flawed but sympathetic. He feels guilt, hurt, betrayal and anger. Readers can understand his conflicts both internal and external. The underlying themes are universal and thought provoking.
I enjoyed the book immensely and was left thinking about a quote by George Lorimer, editor of the Saturday Evening Post from 1899 until 1936 – “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”