Friday, January 16, 2015

A Patterson Mystery

Ive come across what may be a typo in the 2012 John Patterson novel Private Games, which is about the murder of a high-ranking Olympic official hours before the opening of the 2012 Games in London.

Check out the first sentence in the photo. Its from the last page of Chapter 15.

I could be mistaken, but I think the repeat of “owned by shell corporations was unintentional. Perhaps its not a typo and Patterson meant to show just how deep the money trail went by having shell corporations, sometimes referred to as front companies or mailbox companies, own other shell corporations. I doubt it though. Im guessing IOC members owned shell corporations that owned overseas bank accounts — three levels of illegal activity, not four.

If Im right and this is an error, its difficult to fault the publisher, Little, Brown and Company. Patterson is a one-man assembly line, pumping out best seller after best seller at a breakneck pace. You try keeping up with all those drafts!

If Im wrong and this isnt an error, I shell out a public apology, Mr. Patterson.

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