Monday, April 9, 2012

Just in Time for Tax Season -- A Crooked Accountant!

It's been fun reminiscing about the men and women who have come to life through the pages of my writing, and gotten me excited about the new ideas I have planned for the future.  Today I would like to return to my very first novel, Lifetime Loser, and share with you two of the characters that I created for that book. 

Walter Hancock comes across as a fidgeting, nerdy accountant. But, he is not the type of guy you want taking care of your business ledger or life savings.  He is part of a group of con artists who swindle the estate of an elderly widow. He crafted an intricate plan that involved first winning the trust of the family and therefore earning their tax business.  He then forged the signature of a grieving widow, the matriarch of her family, on a power of attorney form after the death of her husband. His ability to push the envelope on tax returns made him a popular accountant around town and allowed him an (at least marginally) above board profession while he kept his other efforts a secret. His reputation attracted many shady characters who sought relief from the IRS and he was more than happy to oblige.

Elinor Hackett is the U S Attorney who fights against people like Walter Hancock. She is a tall and intimidating woman, with impressive biceps and other features that many consider stereotypically masculine. Her aggressive approach to law enforcement makes it clear to the crooks in her district that they are not welcome. Ellie understands tax law well and is anxious to nab those who run counter to the straight and narrow.  Watch out, Walter Hancock! 

As a side note -- it's too bad that today does not feature "B" in the A to Z Blog Challenge in which I'm participating, because Bubba Watson's win at the Masters yesterday sure would have been a great topic.  What a great golf story!

James Ross
Author of Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, Tuey's Course, Opur's Blade, and Pabby's Score
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1 comment:

Gerry Wendel said...

I'll be watching out for that Walter...sounds like a shady kind of guy!