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Good People
by Marcus Sakey
Order:  USA  Can
Dutton, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Four men are involved in a robbery of a young Hollywood star and his drug dealer in a private area of a downtown Chicago nightclub. Things go wrong and one man walks away with the money.

Soon afterwards, Tom and Anna Reed have a new tenant in their downstairs apartment. Bill Samuelson is a quiet man who keeps to himself, which is a relief to the young couple who have more than enough going on in their lives as they try to balance high stress careers with attempts to get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization. The costly attempts have put them in debt, but Anna wants to continue, at least one more time.

When Bill Samuelson dies in his apartment, Tom and Anna discover $400,000 hidden in his flour. Since Samuelson has no relatives, they talk themselves into keeping it. Who would be hurt? Tom and Anna can have the family they want without the strain that being in debt has put on their marriage.

First Tom and Anna hide the money, but soon begin spending it. Spending it brings them to the attention of a some very dangerous criminals, as well as a cop who believed from the night Samuelson died that the Reeds were holding out on him.

How do two good people become enmeshed in the fallout of a deadly robbery? And how can they stay alive now that it's known they have the money? Even after you finish this stunning thriller, it'll still keep you awake nights, wondering what you would do if you found $400,000 in your house.

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