I’m Bob Ainsworth, Harry Bartlett’s parent.
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 my first story while commuting and that became SCAMMED, a soon-to-be-published story pitting Harry against intricate and ruthless con artists. The 2nd story I wrote and the 1st one I published was CONNED, about Harry’s journey from a financial executive to a fraud detective while tracking down scams on Nantucket. The 2nd story published was DUPED, a fictional account involving Harry and his Uncle Louie's efforts to beat a ransom deadline and find the $500 million in art stolen from the Isabella Gardner Museum. My 4th book will be about Harry’s grandparent's interactions with Charles Ponzi in 1920s Boston.
As for me, I settled in Boston after meeting my wife at Boston College. I earned my CPA and worked as a CFO and Controller. I uncovered several embezzlement schemes in my career.
I live with my family in a Boston suburb.
I hope you enjoy the stories. I had fun writing them.