The world's bestselling novelist is back with Never Enough, a steamy novel chronicling the rise of David Shea, a man who learned early that on your rise to the top you use any means possible. When David, a high-powered Wall Street investment banker, blows off his twenty-fifth high school reunion in order to tryst with his sexually charged ...
The world's bestselling novelist is back with Never Enough, a steamy novel chronicling the rise of David Shea, a man who learned early that on your rise to the top you use any means possible. When David, a high-powered Wall Street investment banker, blows off his twenty-fifth high school reunion in order to tryst with his sexually charged girlfriend and his third ex-wife, he also in essence blows off his past. It's a past that won't be denied, however, a past that casts a shadow over the present. And a high-stakes game of moral ambiguity, love, betrayal, and dangerous consequences is still under way. In Never Enough, Robbins tells a tale of fast and loose trading - of stocks as well as sexual partners. Big-money payoffs and pitfalls and legal wrangling are the instruments of the game. And while David's machinations with money and women are always complex, he's managed so far to stay one step ahead of every bad break. But the ending is one that neither David nor his women could ever have foreseen.
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David Shea is a young man from very humble beginnings that wants to be an earth shaker in the financial world. Not only is he a very smart young man, he is also very well endowed sexually. He uses everything that has been given to him to help him climb the ladder of success. His successes get bigger and bigger, and he becomes a very big player financially. His first wife falls be the wayside along with this son and daughter. He marries a beautiful, intelligent Russian. When she finds out he slept arounf on her, she shoots him. He doesn't die, but she spends a number of years in prison for attemped murder. He marries a third time; to a very beautiful genis with a degree in electrical engineering from MIT. He now has hidden offshore accounts, accounts in Zurick, accounts in Hong Kong, and has been responsible for several men being financially ruined. The Feds are after him as well as the SEC. His third wife finds out he slept with her mother, and that finishes her relationship with him. Now she wants to destroy him, and that is how the book ends.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-10-08 Biz! Booze! Broads! It's difficult to envision the sort of trashy story lines that made The Carpetbaggers and Stiletto such memorable hits getting any sleazier, but this nuanceless book achieves the impossible. The fourth in the Forge line (The Secret; The Predators; Never Leave Me) of posthumously published Robbins novels (Robbins died in 1997) finished by "a carefully selected writer" follows the story of four boyhood pals from dead-end 1970s New Jersey who recreationally beat a local loser to death one drunken Saturday night. The ringleader, a "cheat" named David Shea, gets do-gooder friend Cole Jennings to take the fall for him. The novel meanders aimlessly through the subsequent maturation of Dave into a scheming inside trader and Cole, who served three years' probation for involuntary manslaughter, into a well-meaning but weak-willed lawyer; the two team up to run crooked investment deals while pursuing leisurely wife-swapping and generally screwing everything in sight. While Cole and his wife, Emily, manage to weather the storms of such a lifestyle, Dave runs through several wives, one of whom he lands in prison, another of whom he pimps to lure shady Chinese investment capital. While there is just enough trace evidence of the original author's love of business scams in the plot (including Dave gambling on a thinly veiled version of the AOL-Netscape merger), the author's ghost is obliterated by the publisher's ghostwriter. Lines like "Jenna was probably the only girl in the dorm wearing rings in her nipples, and the least sexually experienced on her dorm floor" should have (most) readers dropping the book in disgust, and shoddy editing will discourage the few that remain. Let's hope this will be the last of the post-Robbins Robbins novels; the dead should be allowed to rest in peace. Major ad/promo. (Nov. 26) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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