His movements are a bit slower than a few years ago and his gait a little unsteady, but when he latches onto the scams that roil financial markets, his thoughts seem to race ahead of his words.

Paul Erdman, father of the financial thriller, is at it again. Ensconced like a seer at a hilltop ranch outside this small Northern California town, the 64-year-old writer and lecturer is about to launch his latest tale of financial intrigue.

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