The Croesus Club

The Croesus Club

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What's this? Crap and corruption at the University of Toronto? Ah, but that was a generation ago. Surely we can bask in the belief that nothing like the events reported here might recur today, or in the future, or at other universities? Whether or not they did happen in Toronto, as they did, so long ago? But this story is not just a recounting of academic perfidy, of gentlemanly agreements trashed, of student welfare thrown to the winds by delusional professors. It follows, as well, the attempts of Kelly Collins, Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, as he tries to surface from the devastating loss of his young wife and unborn child some years before. These attempts lead him to the purchase of a house, its rental to a variety of students and friends, and the establishment of an investment club-The Croesus Club. All of these initiatives take on lives of their own when he goes on sabbatical to the antipodes. He is forced, by inexplicable charges of his own moral turpitude, to make an early return. A mind-boggling romp through what the house has become explains Kelly's predicament, then culminates in a startling resolution of all.The cards bore little of moment other than stock-market affairs that had been current at the time of their writing but had been outstripped by events. ... The next card revealed that Maria JosAc had thought it best to let one of the stocksa€”Bank of Montreala€”be called away ... On five hundred shares, not bad even after the obscene commissions were taken into account. ... Full membership in the Club was restricted to those who had invested with Kelly since he had, after all, created theanbsp;...


Title:The Croesus Club
Author: Colin Hines
Publisher:iUniverse - 2008-01
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