By Carlos Graña & Kelly Lynn Peters
How late is too late to reinvent yourself? At age 50, accountant Luke Marks decides to join the police force, where he uncovers a financial scam and killers who robbed his cop brother of life and savings. With half the department on the take, Luke's only way to catch the criminals is to become their next bait.
Paper Monsters is a crime thriller that asks: Is it ever too late to reinvent yourself? At 50, dogged CPA Luke Marks finds himself divorced, out of work, and unemployable in the financial world after his boss is arrested by the FBI for fraud.
He’s further devastated by the apparent suicide of his brother, Zach, a hero cop. Inspired by the police chief's eulogy, Luke decides to reinvent himself and honor his brother by enlisting at the police academy. Timid, out of shape, and decades older than the other cadets, Luke perseveres - and makes the cut.
In settling Zach’s estate, Luke begins to suspect his brother was the victim of a financial scam, a Ponzi scheme run by a local, respected businessman. And half the police force appears to be profiting from it.
No one believes Luke’s accusations, he’s still the pathetic old nerd with delusions of being a cop. But the deeper Luke digs, the more he’s convinced the scheme goes all the way to the top of the force. Worse, he discovers that his brother's death was not a suicide after all. Zach was murdered to keep him quiet.
With so many dirty cops, Luke realizes the only way he can bring down the scheme and catch his brother’s killers is by setting himself up as their next murder victim.
Paper Monsters was inspired by the true story of co-writer Kelly Lynn Peter's uncle. At about 50, after a career as a financial planner, he decided to reinvent himself and become a cop. Today he is a detective with the Cincinnati Police Department.
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