Corporate Fraud

Would you ever tell a lie? Would you ever cheat? Do you ever push the line just a little? Have you ever leaned just enough to change the balance? Your first thought may be “no”, but studies in both economics and the social sciences suggest otherwise. It just depends on the incentive, or better said—everybody has their price. That’s not to say we might not cheat for a good cause; we often manage to rationalize it as nobility but that doesn’t change the game. A rose, is a rose, is a rose… For most people it’s not like taking a gun and committing a robbery, it’s more like fifty shades of gray. I submit to you that this is generally how corporate fraud occurs.”One toe over the line.” Actually, it’s easier to catch the guy with the gun and put him in jail than to detect white collar crime AND white collar crimes generally merit less jail time. Still as Don Henley put it in his song, “you can steal more money with a briefcase than a gun.” “Empire Lost” explores this idea. It also deals with the idea that people feed on each other’s dishonesty. It talks about how you can know ‘without knowing’. Is that as bad as outright participating? How often do we look the other way, and isn’t this cheating just as much. Just a few musings for when you look in the mirror. What’s your price?

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Jamie Diamond should read my book

Maybe Jamie Diamond of J.P. Morgan Chase¬†should read my book “Empire Lost” so he will have a contingency plan when his credit default swaps inevitably bite him in the ass. He would be well advised.

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My new book is set in my home town of Houston and while it could have had a backdrop just about anywhere, I hope the reading is as hot as a Houston summer. So my suggestion is read it with a wine cooler.

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How to read a Kindle Book

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All my readers should know that you DON’T have to have a Kindle to read my books! You can go to and download (for FREE) a reader for almost any platform you might have, even your iphone.

Use this link: Kindle Emulator

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Welcome to the official site of Jan Strickland, author of Empire Lost.


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