James Comey is publishing his second murder mystery novel – and insiders say the small print and the timing are especially eerie this time around.
The previous FBI director is slated to publish his latest fictional whodunit in May – this time a few make-believe hedge fund called Saugatuck Associates, billed because the world’s largest.
“A red canoe sits abandoned on Seymour Rock, right where the Saugatuck River hits the Long Island Sound,” reads a little-noticed teaser for the book, which hasn’t yet been circulated widely by publisher Mysterious Press. “The elegantly dressed corpse of a lady lies inside….”
The book is known as “Westport,” a complicated Connecticut town which, it seems, is just not only where the headquarters of the fictional Saugatuck hedge fund lies, but additionally that of Bridgewater Associates, the enormous hedge fund founded by billionaire Ray Dalio.
And while the protagonist of Comey’s book is a lady, she previously worked as a federal prosecutor before becoming general counsel at Saugatuck – similar to Comey did before he became general counsel at Bridgewater
It also seems that the previous FBI boss, loathed by Democrats who partly blame him for tipping the 2016 election to Donald Trump, was feared at Bridgewater, in response to the bombshell book “The Fund” by Rob Copeland released this month.
As Dalio’s top lawyer from 2010 to 2013, flattening $7 million a 12 months, Comey quickly earned the nickname “The Godfather” for his willingness to search out, interrogate and fire anyone who disagreed with Dalio’s management style, in response to Copeland’s book.
That included a “trial” Comey once staged in an office to look into a lady who was accused of bringing bagels to the office on the mistaken day.
While no murders have ever been alleged at Bridgewater, some insiders say it’s nevertheless a mystery why Comey selected to put in writing a fictional book a few firm that mirrors Bridgewater so closely.
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There are many towns in Connecticut with hedge funds, and because it’s fiction he could have set it in a fictional town, one insider noted.
Some speculate that writing books that embarrass former bosses and fire up enough controversy to sell copies has turn into Comey’s “schtick.”
“He’s a real icon of stage and screen,” said one source, who claimed Comey still hasn’t been cured of his need for the limelight.
Comey created a media firestorm after publishing “A Higher Loyalty,” a juicy, tell-all memoir that dished on the whole lot from Trump’s obsession with a dossier alleging he had made a “pee tape” as to if or not his hair was real.
Comey’s next book, “Central Park West,” was a novel in regards to the prosecution of a mob boss based that gave the impression to be based on his experience as US attorney for the Southern District of Recent York.
“Central Park West” didn’t catch fire the best way his Trump tell-all did. But as Comey looks to make a comeback with “Westport,” some critics may even grudgingly admit the brand new title looks harder to withstand.
“It’s your classic summertime hedge fund murder mystery beach read,” said one source, admitting he has already pre-ordered the book.