For Money and Love

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This novel combines elements of money, banking and finance with politics, sex and violence. The story is set in an island nation formed a century before by people opting out of the complexities of mainland life. The founders of Isoland regarded themselves as sinned against by bankers and financiers. Consequently, no financial intermediaries were permitted in the new land. Economic activity was conducted by barter or with gold brought to the island by the original settlers.

Enter the hero, Joe Freeman, a young man who begins a rise to fame and fortune by offering a secure place for storing the gold of citizens experiencing a crime wave. His enterprise evolves into a thrift institution and on through commercial and investment banking. At each evolutionary stage of his business, Joe faces bitter opposition from reactionary islanders that forces him into political gamesmanship.

Much of his business success can be credited to the efforts of Alicia Paley, a rich and sexually active widow with whom he forms a partnership of convenience. As a major contributor to politicians and one who knows where the bodies are buried, she is particularly valuable as Joe battles the governmental prejudice against financial institutions. Alicia's major contribution to Joe's career comes when she talks him into returning to work after the death of his wife on their son's first birthday.

A strong underlying affection between Joe and Alicia is for the most part obscured by the one-upsmanship each pursues in their dialogue. Joe, for example, tells Alicia he's reluctant to go to her bed because he doesn't like crowds. Alicia offers biting observations as Joe the widower takes on a series of sexual partners, including his mother-in-law.

The business empire built by Joe and Alicia begins to come apart after she and her latest lover are gunned down by a long-time, live-in boyfriend. The economic boom promoted by their financial innovations is followed by a stock-market-crash-and-depression sequence, and protestors take to the streets.

The country's president, who is Joe's lifelong friend, is assassinated, and Joe realizes that he has become a target for revolutionaries who blame him for the country's ills. He must get his family to safety on the mainland, where he has stashed a large portion of his wealth.

He is forced to resort to violence to escape the island, finding it necessary to kill with his bare hands the woman leading a group of anarchists.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Joseph Freeman had been less concerned about the unprecedented crime wave than most of the other citizens of Isoland because he had littl... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: April 22, 2019

At the party following another legislative victory, Paul had to threaten to leave in order to stem the flood of gratitude from Joe and tw... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Joe decided to hold a strategy session on the plans for the new building Alicia was to finance, and on his idea for the type of business ... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

Submitted: April 22, 2019

While overseeing the construction of the new building, and fending off suggestions by Alicia for changes in the architectural plans, Bank... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: April 22, 2019

A dinner-party at Alicia's house was Joe's first opportunity to see Paul and find out if they were still friends.  Did Paul know tha... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: April 22, 2019

What Joe had characterized as the shit hitting the fan began just short of a year after the new building had opened.  The Charter Pu... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: April 22, 2019

When Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Freeman returned from their week of leisure and loving, Mr. Freeman was anxious to report to Alicia that the tim... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

Submitted: April 22, 2019

The plot to keep Alicia in the dark about Ned's amendment strategy had to be abandoned when Alicia told Joe about her planned last-ditch ... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Just when the bankers had become convinced that their political battles were all behind them, a new legislative threat surfaced.  It... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: April 22, 2019

The brain tumor that would kill Rose Meltzer Freeman began to make its presence felt about six months after the birth of her only child.&... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Nothing that legislators tried to do to them could, after  all these years, surprise the owners of the Loan-Depository company. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Ten days after the election, Paul Samuels was sworn in as the twenty-third president of Isoland.  He  decided that he would hol... Read Chapter

chapter 13

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Elvis Hansen had hopes of succeeding Ned Kahn as the idea man of the Loan-Depository operation, but the first new notion he presented to ... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Joe was predisposed toward the investment-banking idea, and he was pleased that Elvis Hansen's well-researched presentation contained not... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Tad Kahn, Nellie's son, had complained of pain in various parts of his body, but for several months doctors had been unable to determine ... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Alicia was full of questions when Joe went to his office Monday morning.  He told her most of what had happened, deciding to omit hi... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

Submitted: April 22, 2019

A Limousine pulled up in front of the bank.  Joe got in and was driven to the executive mansion.  The president was waiting for... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Joe Freeman was, with widely varying degrees of interest, anticipating three events:  the opening of the rival Bank of Isoland, the ... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

Submitted: April 22, 2019

A week before the scheduled opening of the Bank of Isoland, Joe met with his people.  Alicia was there along with  Loan-Deposit... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

Submitted: April 22, 2019

The stock-market surge prompted Joe to assemble his top people for a conference.  Elvis Hansen was called upon for his comments from... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Joe was again asked to help as Paul Samuels began his campaign for a second term as president, but little help was actually needed. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: April 22, 2019

The second-quarter earnings reports for five major companies in Isoland were disappointing, and three well-regarded companies reported lo... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

Submitted: April 22, 2019

As in other places and at other times, economic depression in Isoland brought political radicals to the fore.   From the left side o... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

Submitted: April 22, 2019

Joe and Ted timed it so that they would arrive in Ricardo City harbor just after dark.  With all lights out, they approached the ste... Read Chapter

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