CONNED

CONNED

What do you do when your best friend is on the line- the end of your fishing line? Finding his murdered best friend’s body drags a soon-to-be-retiring financial executive into the ruthless world of con artists and scammers that prowl idyllic Nantucket Island for unsuspecting marks.

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DUPED

DUPED

Boston. A wintry night two hours past the end of the 1990 St. Patrick’s Day.   Two simultaneous art thefts, two miles apart. One in a museum. One in a private residence. One nets $200 million in art collected by a turn of the 20th-century heiress. The other nets two stolen pieces bought by a wine merchant through his best friend, Harry Bartlett. Two low-level crooks carry out the first one. Uncle Louie, a stolen-art retrieval expert, performs the second. The duo leaves via Storrow Drive east. Uncle Louie goes west on the same road. Their paths will cross more than once before a ransom demand expires in seven days.

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SCAMMED

SCAMMED

Release date prior to Christmas 2022. In the Fraud detectives Group's first case, the seemingly simple request from a successful businessman to review his books plunges Harry Bartlett and the group far afield from simple fraud and embezzlement.

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FLIM FLAM

FLIM FLAM

Release date 2023. Harry Bartlett's family faces financial ruin at the hands of Charles Ponzi.

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FLEECED

FLEECED

Release date 2024. A small, picture-perfect New England town is rocked by deceit.

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PENNY WISE

PENNY WISE

A store owner asks Harry Bartlett to find his missing profits.

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THE VOLUNTEER

THE VOLUNTEER

Harry finds neither bravery nor clever wits have age limits as he follows an unlikely trail.

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OH, MOOSE

OH, MOOSE

Harry finds that a moose can damage lots of things besides a car.

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VALUATION

VALUATION

Questions raised during a company acquisition threaten to slash the agreed-upon price by $10,000,000.

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On the B Deck

Harry's spur of the moment limerick while sitting with Ian Bradford at the Boston Orphanage Fundraiser

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Surviving on Nantucket Bay

Harry's limerick after being tossed overboard in Nantucket Bay

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Yesac limerick to Harry

Yesac Trebor's limerick to Harry after escaping

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Payback Limerick

Harry's limerick after capturing Mike Hancock

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Essex Successex

A commentary on unwise investing

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Brother Paul of the Orphanage

Harry's recalls his accounting mentor

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Ode to Megan

Harry's quick-thinking response to Megan Webster's challenge

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Estuary Epilogue

Harry's Estuary wrap-up

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Karma Payback

Harry reflects on finding his daughter

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The Headmaster

Harry's view of a prep school headmaster

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                                                                                          HAROLD A. BARTLETT III

                                                                      This Summer,  Polpis Road, Nantucket Island, MA


PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE

Meaningful use of financial skills and high intelligence in retirement

EXPERIENCE

Chief Financial Officer for Big Companies for Many Years

  • Head Numbers and Money Guy
  • Worked in Artificial Intelligence, Data Security and Identification Industries

Staff Beancounter to Controller in Five Few Years

  • Worked 15 hours per day, 7 Days per Week
  • Never Saw Family

EDUCATION

  • Harvard                                    Full Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude
  • Andover Preppie School      Full Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude
  • Boston Orphanage                 Full Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude

PERSONAL

  • One Friend                              Ian Bradford
  • One Relative                           Uncle Louie
  • New Girlfriend                        Yvette Truque'
  • One Estranged Family           Ex-wife and daughter

HOBBIES

  • Gambling
  • Writing Limericks
  • Shooting Cannons
  • Fund-raising for Boston Orphanage

OTHER

  • Orphaned due to Family Financial Destruction by Charles Ponzi
  • Hates Bullies
  • Great Public Speaker, Shy One-on-One
  • 6’ 2”, 230 Pounds, Big Smile
ROMANCE SCAMS

ROMANCE SCAMS

Love means "Send me money" to romance scammers.

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RELIGOUS- BASED FINANCIAL FRAUD IS RAMPANT

RELIGOUS- BASED FINANCIAL FRAUD IS RAMPANT

No one should be more trust-worthy than a person of the cloth, but it just isn't so.

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FRAUD OF THE DAY published by Lexis Nexus

FRAUD OF THE DAY published by Lexis Nexus

Five days a week, “Fraud of the Day” shines a light – through daily articles – on these egregious fraudsters and the dedicated work by federal, state and local government agencies to stop their unlawful activities and make sure justice is served.

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aUTHOR Bio image
I’m Bob Ainsworth, Harry Bartlett’s parents.
The idea for Harry’s stories sprang from my Accounting students' reactions to fraud anecdotes and from thinking about my retirement. I considered speaking about avoiding fraud but writing mystery fiction seemed to be more fun.
 I wrote while commuting and that became SCAMMED a soon-to-be-published story. The 2nd story I wrote was CONNED, about Harry’s journey from a financial executive to a fraud detective. Other stories to come are DUPED about the $500 million Gardner Museum theft, FLIM FLAM about Harry’s grandparents and Charles Ponzi in 1920, and FLEECED about a small town that is ripped off.
As for me, I settled in Boston after meeting my wife at college. I had my CPA and worked as a CFO and Controller. I uncovered a payroll clerk who added hours to her husband’s timesheet and an executive who booked fake sales to increase his bonus.
I live with my family in a Boston suburb.
I hope you enjoy the stories. I had fun writing them
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