“The Gluconate Guy, He’s Out Of A Job”

I just finished reading The Informant and I have to say it is one of the best books I have read in years. This true story reads like some of the best spy novels every written, making the boring world of price-fixing and corporate fraud investigations look like a Jame Bond novel sans all the killing, martini, and hot women of course.

Okay, so it’s not Bond, but you get the point.

I can’t recommend it enough.

That said, the trailer for the upcoming movie by the same name looks just as good. It does appear to play the story more for laughs than the book, but if you’re just reading the book and have Matt Damon in mind as the main character Mark Whitacre, you can really see how it had to work out that way. The fact is the whole story is one big laugh. Incredible, unbelievable, improbable and yet so true to how real federal investigations work, and sometimes work out despite the best of intentions, that it is much like reading a good war novel when the author actually talked to someone in the military before he wrote it.

Here’s hoping the movie lives up to the book.

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2 Comments

  1. You’re kidding. Fed’l investigations go like that?? It does look like a funny movie, though.

  2. I can’t get enough of the Informant!…. My grandparents live on Greenway Ln, just down the road from the Decatur Country Club – I grew up going there for dinner, and swimming in the pool / playing golf – many a summer

    Who knows? Maybe I unknowingly sat next to Mick, Terry, or Marc during dinner one night? (the time frame I would have been there would have been from around 1982 through 1996 – which puts me right in that era)


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