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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Twenty-First Floor by Kathleen Ormond is a drama/thriller that follows a set of characters tasked with running powerful banking corporations. Arthur Barrington, CEO of Barrington Bank, is a man of singular focus who abhors deception and ineptitude. An audacious offer of a merger made by Bartel Bank causes pandemonium within the ranks of the Board of Directors at Barrington Bank. Arthur suspects a traitor in their midst who is leaking sensitive information to their corporate rivals. But after his shocking murder, fellow board members David Seigal and Bill Lawrence must carry on Arthur's legacy. As the race for the seat of Mayor of Chicago heats up, Bill and David must ensure that their favored candidate wins. Meanwhile, former Mayor Jordan Banks sets his eyes on the White House.
Fans of TV shows such as Mad Men and Succession will find The Twenty-First Floor thoroughly entertaining. It provides a behind-the-scenes view into the way powerful corporations are run and gives you a sense of how corporate lobbying works. Using multiple POV characters, author Kathleen Ormond provides a rare glimpse into the lives of powerful people whose decisions impact the economy of nations. The characters felt compelling and realistic. I found David and Jordan to be my personal favorites of the bunch. I also enjoyed the romance between David and Isabelle. The plot moves quickly, and the dialogue is crisp and concise. I found The Twenty-First Floor to be a thoroughly entertaining read. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy well-written drama/thrillers.