Robert J. Ainsworth, Jr.

Author of The Harry Bartlett fraud mystery novels and short stories

HARRY BARTLETT STORIES


A Fraud of the Nantucket Kind

A Fraud of the Nantucket Kind

Harry Bartlett, a soon-to-be retired financial executive, discovers his best friends' body and becomes embroiled in Nantucket Island fraud schemes as he tries to help the widow recover their stolen savings.

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A Fraud of the Estuary Kind

A Fraud of the Estuary Kind

A simple request to review a company's books leads Harry Bartlett and the Fraud Detective Group down a complicated path of fraud, embezzlement and murder.

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A Fraud of the Small-Town Kind

A Fraud of the Small-Town Kind

A minor employee theft in a small New England town leads Harry Bartlett and the Fraud Detective Group on a journey to bigger criminal prey.

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The Mulct Man, an in-process novel

The Mulct Man, an in-process novel

Set in 1920 Boston, Harry's grandfather becomes entangled in Charles Ponzi's nefarious scheme of investing in International Coupon stamps.

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A Fraud of the Museum KInd,  a planned novel

A Fraud of the Museum KInd, a planned novel

Harry investigates Boston's most famous unsolved crime- the theft of 13 paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

HARRY BARTLETT Short Stories


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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HARRY BARTLETT LIMERICKS


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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HARRY BARTLETT BIO


                                                                                          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

Recommendations


Real Frauds


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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Victim Resources


aUTHOR Bio


aUTHOR Bio
My name is Bob Ainsworth, and I am Harry Bartlett's parents.

Harry Bartlett is a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood, a detective solving fraud cases and returning stolen money to the victim. Harry knows numbers, financial statements, and comes from the business world. He is a unique character that creates a new genre, the financial crimes detective, similar to Patricia Cornwell introducing the forensic detective or Robin Cook the medical detective or Arthur Conan Doyle the observant detective.

A word about Harry Bartlett's conception. Technically, he started while I was commuting to Boston and filled a spiral notebook with my chicken scrawl made worse by uneven train track beds. The deciphered, typed result was 150 double-spaced pages that turned into A Fraud  of the Tidal Kind,  the second book in the series.  In a backwards kind of way, I wrote the  introductory story, A Fraud of the Nantucket Kind,  after the second book to answer the questions "Who is Harry and where did he come from?"  

He truly came to life about five years ago after I accepted a job that required a three day-a-week stayover in Stamford. With time to kill and my retirement rapidly approaching, I took long walks considering how I'd fill 24 unstructured hours. Sleep and an afternoon nap would take 10 hours; only 14 to go. Continuing as a part-time teacher, golf, and lan occasional consulting gig seemed like good possibilities. But teaching demanded summer classes, my back needed surgery, and consulting gigs aren't that easy to find; I never had my dad's selling ability.

There was another possibility. Tell civic organizations and Seniors the same fraud stories my students enjoyed. But most speakers have a lifetime of experiences to draw on; I'd uncovered several scams, but I wasn't an expert. That thought kept percolating until during another one of my frequent walks, and I had an idea.

Expand my speeches concept. Create a character, a fraud detective who'd solve fraud crimes and recover stolen money.
I did some research and learned one valuable lesson: write what you know. I know accounting and can tell a good fraud story. I set the stories in New England where I've lived since college. But the biggest breakthrough was to write about people I've known. The heroes are loosely based on people I admired, and the bad guys are people at the other end of the admiration spectrum.

A bit about me. I discovered two fraud cases: a payroll bookkeeper overpaying her husband and son, and a senior executive overbooking revenue to increase his bonus. I came on the scene after two other frauds were uncovered: a controller stealing cash sales to pay for a man-cave and a bookkeeper wiring herself money to pay for drugs.

Before creating mystery stories, I worked as a Controller and Chief Financial Officer in the publishing industry. My parents were a pharmaceutical salesman and a schoolteacher. My mom saved ledger paper I used to track my part-time jobs; accounting seemed to be where I was headed. After graduating from Boston College with a BS in Accounting and Northeastern University with an MBA, I got my CPA and worked in corporate jobs for forty years. Along the way, my wife and I had three boys, and I taught accounting at colleges to help pay the bills.

There have been writing attempts since a sophomore core English course a billion years ago. The first was an Accounting textbook meant for a one or two-semester course. I generated fifty or so pages and then stopped. The second attempt was more fun but not much more productive: 100 pages of a fiction story about a fraud detective. There was no process, no story outline, and no character descriptions. It ended abruptly when the adrenaline rush petered out.

Some acknowledgments.

After taking courses, joining writing groups, working with a coach, and asking friends to read the manuscripts I've written and rewritten over a dozen times, I can't name everyone who’ve helped me. But the only reason for my improvement is due to their critiques and encouragement, especially with the first efforts that were, in hindsight, crap.

David Baldacci was kind enough to respond to an email with great advice: keep writing and read all the time. Not surprisingly, he was right.

Finally, a thanks to Earl Stanley Gardner, the Perry Mason creator. Great books and a tv show that hooked me as a kid.

I hope you have as much fun reading the stories as I have writing them. And if you have a story in you, write it down.

Bob Ainsworth

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