CHARADE

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Grossly obese, Oliver Benson hides from the world to pursue his passion for computer programming. A breakthrough program and a canny financial manager catapult Ollie into abundant wealth, and
he becomes easy prey to a scheming woman who is working with his manager to take not only his money but his life too. Barely escaping a vicious attack and believed dead, Ollie lives for revenge.

To achieve his goal, he must transform himself into a new man. Is vengeance a strong enough motive to help him accomplish what no diet has ever done? Will destroying two lives give him the satisfaction he craves? His housekeeper, a woman of faith caring for her disabled husband, awakens Ollie to the power of God's love, but this realization may come too late.

Morris finds a stellar voice in Ollie, a character who grabs the heart and engages the mind. The author nails dialogue and captures the essence of contrasting cultures from the ultra-rich to the reclusive. (Apr., 352 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson