False Prophets

False Prophets is the second in Stina Hemming’s legal thriller series. Alex is brought in to investigate an insurance policy claim Martha Graham, a wealthy but troubles Columbia law student, who is found dead of a drug overdose under a freeway underpass in Seattle Washington. The beneficiaries of Martha’s policies include her ex-fiancee and Malachi Investments, a west coast hedge fund manager. Things go from bad to worse when Alex discovers that Martha’s death is not an accident and that Malachi Investments has also taken out life insurance policies on hundreds of other homeless people. Malachi’s scam is masterminded by one of  its promoters, who in a former life was a “prosperity preacher.” The book focuses on the messianic aspects of Wall Street and the profit motives among the religious right.

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