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Fraud investigator, Katerina Carter just doesn’t know when to quit, which lands her in some pretty messy and precarious situations. Now that’s she’s out of work and running out of money, Kat needs to get more clients, or she’ll be forced to go crawling back to a cubicle at her previous firm. And to Kat that’s a fate worse than debt.So when Liberty Diamond Mines CEO Susan SFraud investigator, Katerina Carter just doesn’t know when to quit, which lands her in some pretty messy and precarious situations. Now that’s she’s out of work and running out of money, Kat needs to get more clients, or she’ll be forced to go crawling back to a cubicle at her previous firm. And to Kat that’s a fate worse than debt.So when Liberty Diamond Mines CEO Susan Sullivan hires Kat to find Liberty’s missing CFO and a large sum of embezzled money, she’s a little too eager to accept the job. Abject poverty is a great motivator for taking hard cases, but her excitement soon turns to terror when two employees of the company are brutally murdered. Kat realizes that this investigation might be more dangerous than she expected.As if things weren’t complicated enough, she uncovers a sinister connection between blood diamonds and organized crime. All she has to do now is get proof--and keep from getting killed before she exposes the real criminals. With the help of her friends and an eccentric uncle, Kat had better tread carefully or her first case might also end up being her last. . . ...

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  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2019-01-18 04:32

    Goodreads Author, Colleen Cross introduces readers to a wonderful new protagonist, Katerina Carter. The forensic account slightly reminds me of Kinsey Millhone. Kat is broke, living in her office, and her ex-boyfriend is in her life more than she wants him to be. She finally has a case. Liberty Diamond Mines’ CFO has disappeared along with $5 Billion dollars. She stumbles on a diamond laundering scheme at one of Liberty’s mines, before a major stock holder is murdered and a former geologist refuses to speak to her again. Kat suspects the recent murders and the threatening note found with her dead cat: Dead Kat are connected. The evidence of the theft is too easily traced to Paul Bryant and the over production of diamonds the company has reported. But when Kat becomes a suspect in one of Liberty’s insiders, she must face the reality that her theory of conflict diamonds being laundered by her employer may be right on the money. Firing her is one thing, but being set up for murder or worse is not an option. She has to find the money. The money will lead Kat Carter to the killer/thief and will answer the why. But can she? And who can she trust? Kat doesn’t have much time to solve a case that she’s not being paid to work on. The Liberty Diamond Mines Board meets in a few days and is moving closer to Kat.The action and plotting are quick and suspenseful. The writing is wonderful minus the product placement that I abhor in my books and movies. The characters are great and provide comical relief that is interwoven into the storyline. Readers will especially enjoy Uncle Harry, Aunt Elsie, and Verna. Ms. Cross’ freshman novel is worth reading and I have already purchased Game Theory. I can't wait to see what Kat's next case is about!

  • Sandy
    2019-01-17 23:34

    I had no idea what a forensic accountant was until reading this novel. (Such an accountant tracks down missing money in cases of financial wrong-doing.) I certainly had no idea that a story about a forensic accountant could be exciting, suspenseful, and scary.Forensic accountant Katarina (Kat) Carter is called in when five billion dollars goes missing from a Canadian corporation mining diamonds. She can't figure out why they called her. She's the least important investigator of her kind in town, and everyone believes the missing CFO did it, anyway. But Kat needs the money, so she takes the job.An exciting story unfolds. Kat is a more-than-spunky modern heroine who refuses to quit when everything turns against her. Soon, we're learning about the international laundering of dirty diamonds, how pilfered money is moved between nations, drug lords, and big time organized crime. Kat's computer skills are reminiscent of Lisbeth Salander's in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.A great, fast-moving tale that will teach you more about forensic accounting than you knew existed--but in an entertaining and easily understood way. I found out that the author, Colleen Cross, is an accountant. That figures: The depth of the research in this book is way more than what you could get by Googling.I highly recommend Exit Strategy!

  • Erin
    2019-02-04 23:37

    An action-packed thriller about dirty money and diamonds! Katerina Carter is hired by Liberty Diamond Mines to find a large amount of money that is missing. Just as she begins breaking the service of what happened, bad things start to happen. Dead bodies begin showing up, someone is trying to kill Kat, and Kat finds herself in a race against time. As Kat begins to get closer to the truth, the more risky it gets. Can she figure out where the money went and who is responsible before they can catch up with her?This book was full of action. It was hard to put the book down because each chapter was one step closer to finding the truth. The author did a fantastic job with keeping the book suspenseful. I also really like the main character, Kat. She is a determined woman who isn't afraid to do the right thing, even when it puts her life in danger. I really enjoyed this book!I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • Sanchi
    2019-02-04 01:35

    I won this book via goodreads from firstreads in a giveaway, and am so glad I was picked as a winner! I love thrillers and just came out of a book called Black Fridays that had to do with stock broker embezzlement and a heartfelt story behind it, and I have to say although I loved both books Exit Strategy went the extra mile with details on money laundering! Coleen Cross has a niche for writing and can't wait to read more of this fantastic writing style. I am a person with many questions and go crazy if left unanswered. This book was complete from start to finish in that aspect. I loved the main character Kat and her strength and endurance throughout the book was encouraging I think to all women out there in fields otherwise stereotyped as man roles. I rate this book 5 out of 5 and only awesome books get that rating from me so go check it out!

  • Celine Schuurman
    2019-01-27 22:34

    Wow, wat een geweldig boek! Vanaf het eerste moment wordt je meegesleurd in een spannend verhaal over diamantfraude. Een echte aanrader!

  • Ivette
    2019-02-01 02:46

    Nooduitgang is een verhaal vol actie, theorieën waar hoofdpersonage Kat haar hoofd over breekt en duistere figuren. Het verhaal begint gelijk in een gedetailleerd beschreven donkere scène, waarbij je als lezer direct in het verhaal gezogen wordt, steeds dieper in je stoel kruipt, en met razend tempo door wilt lezen: hoe gaat dit verder? Hoe is dit zo gekomen en vooral: wie zit hierachter?Het verhaal loopt na deze scène als een trein. Er wordt veel uitgelegd over de gang van zaken en hoe het precies zit met de aandelen en de diamanten, waardoor je ook als leek deze zaak heel goed kunt volgen. Gelukkig haalt dit de vaart er niet uit, integendeel! Juist omdat het zo uitgebreid wordt uitgelegd, begin je je er steeds meer je eigen weg in te vinden en leer je daarnaast de mensen van Liberty Diamond Mines stuk voor stuk steeds beter kennen. Er gaat ontzettend veel geld om in deze zaak en het lijkt wel of iedereen er iets mee te maken heeft. En dan is er natuurlijk de verdwijning van een van de kopstukken van Liberty Diamond Mines... De uiteenlopende personages die elkaar kennen vanuit Liberty Diamond Mines maken het elkaar ontzettend moeilijk, en willen het liefst allemaal buiten de schijnwerpers blijven om maar niet teveel op te vallen met hun eigen getrokken plannen. Wie is er eigenlijk echt te vertrouwen? Teveel weten is al funest, dat weten ze allemaal. Toch laat niet iedereen zich zomaar de wetten voorschrijven door een ander, met alle gevolgen van dien.Het is aan Kat (en de lezer, natuurlijk) om uit te zoeken hoe al deze puzzelstukken in elkaar passen en deze zaak zo snel mogelijk tot een goed einde te brengen. Kat is een pittige tante, die niet met zich laat sollen. Haar leven is op het moment zwaarder dan ze voor ogen had gehad en wil dan ook alles op alles zetten om geld binnen te halen met deze klus. Zodra ze merkt dat het duisterder en daarmee ook gevaarlijker wordt, keert ze zich het liefste af van de mensen die haar lief zijn om hen in veiligheid te houden. Zij weten namelijk niets over haar persoonlijke problemen en Kat wil en zal alles zelf oplossen, als het even kan, onafhankelijk als ze is. Toch laat ze op den duur haar opgetrokken muur steeds meer zakken, omdat ze doorheeft dat ze het in haar eentje gewoon echt niet redt - en omdat ze merkt dat haar eigenwijze karakter haar vaker in ongemakkelijke en benarde situaties brengt dan gedacht. Misschien geven deze mensen haar net het laatste beetje power dat ze miste (al baalt ze daar stiekem wel van, natuurlijk) om haar leven weer op de rit te krijgen én om tot de oplossing van deze vermissing en het verdwenen geld te komen.Nooduitgang is een vermakelijke thriller, die wegleest als een actiefilm door de vlotte en gedetailleerde schrijfstijl van Colleen Cross en die jou als lezer niet meer met rust laat tot je het boek hebt dichtgeslagen. De zaak die Kat op zich neemt is een huiveringwekkende zoektocht naar de waarheid, gevuld met onverwachte plottwists en interessante personages.Ik ben in ieder geval heel benieuwd naar haar volgende zaak, want ik heb zo mijn vermoedens dat Kat zich met deze zaak absoluut op de kaart heeft gezet als fraudeonderzoeker en dat zij nog grotere klussen zal gaan krijgen in de toekomst!

  • Todd Fonseca
    2019-02-09 04:34

    Exit Strategy - A Rare "Gem"...Rating: 5 of 5Author: Colleen CrossFormat: Kindle, PaperbackIn massive amounts of debt and wondering why she ever decided to start her own the forensic accounting business, Katerina (Kat) Carter is forced to live in her office space after being evicted for not paying her rent. As her world is about to completely unravel, Liberty Diamond Minds comes into the picture. Someone has embezzled five billion dollars and before going public with the information, the CEO hopes Kat can track down the money and save the company. But Kat quickly learns more than just money is at stake as she uncovers a global conspiracy involving “blood diamonds”, money laundering, and some of the most powerful people in the world.Colleen Cross' "Exit Strategy" starts with a heart pounding execution style murder in Argentina and the pace does not stop until the final page is turned. I would have never guessed that a book whose main character is a forensic accountant would be so engaging but this has all the elements of some of my favorite novels - entertaining, fast paced, real characters (with the possible exception of one of the more obstructionist police officials), and numerous plot twists. What I appreciated most was Cross' research and expertise regarding the world of underground trafficking, how organizations can launder money, and the use of the global diamond mining system to trade illegally without a trace. I don't think I will look at a diamond ring again without wondering if or how it may have played a role in some illegal activity. Cross provides just enough detail about how forensic accounting works to keep it interesting with the side benefit of illustrating just how challenging our own government and those around the world face in dealing not just with illegal trade activities but terrorists. This gave me an entirely new appreciation for what likely goes on behind the scenes everyday to keep the world safe.Cross has a gift for storytelling and I look forward to future works.Note: A complimentary copy of this novel was provided ini return for a review.

  • Debra
    2019-02-17 00:27

    Forensic accountant Katerina (Kat) Carter has her own new practice, but business is slow and she’s so broke that she is forced to live in her office. When she’s hired to find Liberty Diamond Mines’ missing $5 billion and its CFO, she takes the job, despite a couple of red flags and an impossibly short deadline. In Kat’s profession, little is what it seems at first glance. This time, the paper trail leads straight into physical danger.Exit Strategy is a riveting story about what happens when greed mixes with organized crime. There are big stakes and big risks, and plenty of action as Kat scrambles to find answers. This mystery is a whodunnit from a violent crime perspective, but also a howdunnit from a white-collar crime perspective. In fact, the book opens with two separate stories in different parts of the world. Author Colleen Cross brings them together beautifully with great pacing and tension building. She also provides clear examples of how stock shares can be manipulated inside and outside a company.To say that Kat Carter is determined would be a huge understatement. She’s one gutsy character with a lot of depth and plenty of worries. For an amateur sleuth, she takes a lot of risks, however a woman struggling to survive, physically and financially, could go to extremes for resolution. Exit Strategy is Cross’ debut novel, and I look forward to more adventures with this intriguing character.

  • Peter Gregoire
    2019-02-15 03:42

    This was an enjoyable financial thriller with a clever plot, a heroine you could really root for and some nice twists and turns. The real bonus, however, was the information you pick up on margin calls, conflict diamonds and the corporate governance process of listed companies in general. The author displays the kind of comfort in these areas you only get from either being an industry insider or through in depth research. Both a thrilling and educational read, therefore and am looking forward to next installment of Katerina Carter's adventures.

  • Sandra
    2019-02-13 05:42

    In Exit Strategy, Colleen Cross weaves a gripping tale of international intrigue that links the world of high finance to diamond smuggling. Her story takes us on a wild ride as Kat, her witty and feisty investigator, races against the clock to recover billions of stolen dollars while evading the wrath of organized crime. This well-crafted thriller with nonstop action keeps you flipping the pages to the very end to find out what happens next!

  • Trevor
    2019-01-19 00:43

    In Exit Strategy the reader follows forensic accountant Kat Carter on a international $5 billion fraud ivestigation. Cross pulls you into the story as Kat is immersed in the intriguing and dangerous world of blood diamond laundering. Once she has drawn you in, Colleen Cross keeps keeps you flipping pages in this a fast paced adventure by introducing many plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end.

  • Gloria Ferris
    2019-01-27 02:52

    I didn’t think it could happen but, by the time I finished reading EXIT STATEGY, I felt I understood the world of money laundering, big corporations and the role of forensic accountants in following the money. Five stars for EXIT STRATEGY and I’m looking forward to the next Kat Carter adventure.- Gloria Ferris, author of CHEAT THE HANGMAN

  • Robin Spano
    2019-02-17 05:45

    Seriously good story. Original protagonist & fun international plot.

  • Jejoha
    2019-02-16 01:27

    It seemed like a good story in the beginning but got more and more unrealistic. I'm surprised at all the praise.

  • Denise
    2019-02-12 06:31

    'Exit Strategy' was one of those books that pulled me in but then had me re-reading paragraphs because it droned on and on. I already had time invested in reading, so I knew I had to finish. The story line overall was intriguing. The facts, or need to explain (in detail) what was happening with the stock exchange, margins, company stocks etc. were kind of boring. I didn't need all that info for me to get the picture. The characters were interesting. Kat was a walking contradiction. I liked her strategies, even if they were a bit off the wall. Over all this was an ok book. I may read the next book.

  • Beth
    2019-02-01 23:32

    Interesting and fairly involved characters, financial intrigue a topic of interest and fairly well-paced plot notwithstanding, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend this book. There were a number of inconsistencies that irritated, but most irritating were the opportunities for the main character to die due to her stubborn stupidity and the surprising ways she managed to avoid death. Talk about 9 lives. This woman has at least that.I've been collecting eBook reader novels that are offered at free or nearly free lately. If I wish to read something better, I may have to change my foolish ways.

  • Cynthia A
    2019-02-13 23:36

    Who is the murderer?This book is full of surprises. Paul Bryant has disappeared and so has 5 billion dollars of Liberty’s money. Kat is hired to find the missing money but before she can two people involved with Liberty are murdered. One event after another to keep the book rolling. Who is the guilty party? Read till the end to find out the exciting conclusion.

  • Randal Erickson
    2019-02-07 23:40

    I like the premise of an overextended new employee finding out that there is fraud being commited and she might lose her job, her house and her boyfriend. There was a couple of superfluous individuals thrown into the mix just to throw you off the track, that was interesting. All in all a good book. Characters could have been developed a little more.

  • Ronald L Brown
    2019-02-09 00:39

    Fast paced book well worth readingI enjoyed the book but since I'm a former police officer I had a hard time believing kat would go jogging alone after several attempts on her life.

  • Charles E Solomon
    2019-01-19 22:29

    Exit StrategyI enjoyed the book especially the financial strategies shorting the stock and knocking down $5 billion. Talk about having some dreams thinking about all the good you could do with that kind of money, wow.

  • Johnnie Macari donnachie
    2019-01-19 06:36

    Diamonds are not a girl's best friendEntertaining whodunit with a nice international twist. Well written with a misguided do good heroine who just doesn't know when to stop. Just as well as it makes for a great page Turner.

  • daisy riddle
    2019-02-02 05:37

    A race to see what happens next!I never realised that forensic accountants had to be so tough! This has blown the grey suit theory as the hero faces death threats, abduction and the frustrating stupidity of those who surround her! It was a good story though!

  • Stephen F. Johnson
    2019-02-08 03:32

    Wonderful fraud detective thrillerHow to make an accountant interesting? Just write a book like this. Great characters, fast moving plot. Perils of Pauline! What more could you ask for?

  • Amy Woods
    2019-02-05 02:42

    Great readThis is a fast-paced crime novel, without any gore. The main character is a forensic accountant, who falls upon a much bigger web of crime than she expects to.

  • Diana
    2019-01-23 02:48

    FairI tried to hold interest in story but just could not stay interested. No fault of the author just my likes.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-14 23:30

    Good readQuick and engaging from start to finish. Loved the twists and turns. I would read another book from this author.

  • Crt
    2019-02-16 05:25

    Really enjoyed this. Well written, a good plot and all the threads nicely tied up. Blood diamonds, South American crooks and stock manipulation

  • Scott
    2019-02-09 04:52

    Good financial mystery with lots of action, which is not what I expected from a thriller about a forensic accountant. I will likely read more in the series.

  • vivian
    2019-01-17 23:47

    Great readGreat story about diamond smuggling and the mafia. The accountant that figure out what was going on and had her friend the under cover cop arrest the perpetrators.

  • Janice Ostrander
    2019-01-16 22:46

    Really “No Mystery”Only gave it a 2 , because I finished it. Wish I didn’t; a waste of time. Way too far fetched.