“Eat What You Kill” by Ted Scofield (St. Martin’s Press, 304 pages, in stores)
“Eat What You Kill” is the debut thriller of Ted Scofield, a former securities attorney and currently a corporate lawyer. It tells the story of Evan Stoess, a young Wall Street analyst obsessed with wealth and power.
Stoess was a trailer park kid who went to an expensive prep school on an anonymous scholarship. All the other boys were from wealthy families. His mother wasn’t able to buy him proper school clothes, and the other boys ridiculed him and called him K-Mart. Then when he got home from school, the trailer park kids beat him up for being “uppity.” There was nowhere he belonged.
Now he is a Wall Street analyst, obsessed with obtaining money so no one will ever make fun of him again. He discovers a small stock that becomes huge. He is on the verge of making millions when the owner of the company dies and the stock crashes.
He has a strange habit on spying on a wealthy family. He puts himself into position to see them every month or two. He imagines he is part of that family and is concerned for their welfare.
Two years later, he is offered a new job, to short stocks — to bet against the market. When the stock goes up, he’s set to once again lose everything. The question is how far he will go for money?
— Betty Lytle,
for The Oklahoman