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Is Will Matthews the next
“Wolf Of Wall Street?”
‘A Matter Of Will’
by Adam Mitzner
Book Beginnings

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For all you ‘First Page Browsers’

Cover image of the book 'A Matter Of Will' by the author Adam Mitzner



Will  Matthews had never seen a dead body. Not even his parents’  – he’d chosen not to view them before the burial, knowing that witnessing them that way would haunt him. But now he  was staring straight into the lifeless eyes of a corpse lying in a pool of blood on his balcony.

Cover image of the book 'A Matter Of Will' by the author Adam Mitzner


” the devil I understand, but what’s with the other one?”

The question was confusing on so many levels that Will didn’t know quite how to reply. Or if he should say anything at all.

The query had been posed by a well-dressed man of about forty, with the clean-cut features of a movie star and the distinguished graying temples of a college professor. The fact that he wore what appeared to be a very expensive suit, probably Italian, meant the man wasn’t in academia, however. Banking most likely, although that was Will’s profession too – and he wasn’t nearly as well attired.

So you have taken a look, will you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you another helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

Cover image of the book 'A Matter Of Will' by the author Adam MitznerWill Matthews came to Wall Street with hopes and dreams of hitting it big. But things have not been going as expected. He’s on the verge of being fired when he meets the devilishly mysterious and fabulously wealthy Sam Abaddon.
Winning Sam’s business answers Will’s prayers, catapulting the young stockbroker into the privileged world of money and luxury. Not only that, but Will also has met his dream girl, ambitious attorney Gwen Lipton.
All at once, it seems as if Will’s life couldn’t get any better.
And it doesn’t.
When Will witnesses a shocking act of violence, his charmed new existence is revealed to be a waking nightmare as the truth about his benefactor—and his own complicity in criminal conduct—becomes devastatingly clear. As the noose draws tighter, Will faces an impossible choice: feast upon the poisonous fruit of his bloody business or defy his patron and face dire consequences.
Then again, maybe there’s a third option…

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    • I have seen one or two dead bodies, during my days long ago as a florist, when we would have to deliver floral tributes to the undertaker on the day of a funeral. I have to say that I was not quite as brave with my own parents, whom I wanted to remember as they were alive.

      Not liking the sight of blood either, I would be horrified to find a blood soaked body anywhere near my house … well! maybe not too horrified, as I would have fainted immediately and probably known nothing about it!!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a great weekend 🙂

  • I saw The Wolf of Wall Street film and thought this might be better in film version, too… but I do like how it begins! (so the jury is still out)

    • Hi Kelly,

      My nephew by marriage recommended that we watch this film as Christmas day viewing, some years ago. It’s funny how you can change your opinion of people in the space of a couple of hours, isn’t it? (just joking, he really is a lovely man, so thoughtful and considerate of my my niece and their children).

      From my own experiences and speaking from a purely personal perspective, my opinion of the financial sector is barely on the scale of decency, integrity and respectability, so ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ pushed all the right buttons to really wind me up on what had until then been a lovely day!

      Anyway, I digress – I generally find that whilst police procedurals and crime fiction works well in the written form, I tend to agree with you in that legal and financial fiction generally comes across better as a visual presentation. However, I have enjoyed both mediums of work by John Grisham and have read a couple of books by Scott Turow, which work fine.

      Adam Mitzner has been likened to both authors, by various media and review sites so I look forward to reading ‘A Matter Of Will’ with interest!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I always enjoy reading your comments 🙂

    • Hi Roberta,

      I always read the prologue, even though I have to admit that they do often contain spoilers for the main story, which makes them rather pointless, although can also often make me want to read on, which I guess is the point!

      I am never sure whether the ‘first lines’ of a story are really those from the prologue, or from the first chapter proper, so I generally try to include a little of both in my posts, just to be on the safe side and please everyone!

      The prologue from ‘A Matter Of Will’ isn’t particularly long, but it is quite intriguing.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      You sound quite definite about that, so I assume that this is your kind of story. I shall look forward to reading your thoughts about it then!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I think that goes without saying, especially when Will is considering the ‘third option’ as his only way out, which sounds very ominous!

      A very slightly different genre, but very much in the style of John Grisham, so I am hoping for good things from this one.

      It was good to have you visit and I hope that all is well in your neck of the woods 🙂

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