Michael Blair

The Evil That Men Do


When two sociopaths face off, someone is bound to die.

“Charles Pearson Brandt,” Nina said, “was an independent financial advisor who ran a Ponzi scheme in Hudson and the West Island for fifteen years or so. About three years ago, though, he disappeared with his assistant-cum-accomplice-cum-girlfriend and fifty million or more of his clients’ money, although he’d probably scammed half again that amount. Small potatoes, I suppose, compared to the hundreds of millions Bernie Madoff stole, but a whack of money none the less. Brandt’s victims were mostly elderly: widows, widowers and retirees, referred to him by his other clients, who believed he was making them a shitload of money. I guess they’d never heard, or had forgotten, that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The earnings statements he sent out were pure fiction. As if that wasn’t bad enough, toward the end he’d also started forging his clients’ signatures on mortgage and loan applications he had no intention of making payments on. He’s a sociopath, obviously, without a shred of empathy or compassion. He left nearly a hundred elderly people, people who trusted him, completely destitute.”

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The Evil That Men Do
Linda Leith Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-988130-37-8

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