Bank Chairman and Novelist Write about Greed and Moral Quandary in The Banker's Greed

Lifelong banker launches second career as author; main character in book may demonstrate avarice, but both writers will generously donate proceeds to charity

Mar 30, 2011, 03:00 ET from T. Randy Stevens and p.m. terrell

COLUMBIA, Tenn., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Would you testify against your parents if you had to?

That's one of several ethical dilemmas in The Banker's Greed (ISBN: 978-0-9728186-9-8, $16.95, trade paperback, 448 pages, and ISBN: 978-1-9359700-2-6, $6.99 Kindle), the debut novel of T. Randy Stevens, whose day job is that of chairman and CEO of First Farmers and Merchants Bank, a 17-branch bank headquartered in Columbia, Tennessee, and the 12th novel of his co-writer, award-winning novelist p.m. terrell.  

The suspense/thriller about a family's anguish over the kidnapping of their daughter -- apparently orchestrated by her seemingly greedy banker father – hits bookstores and Amazon kindles on March 31st.

It does so at a time when greed appears to permeate society.

"For some time, I've thought this was an interesting predicament, especially given the world in which we're living, when common sense and decency sometimes quickly gives way to avarice," said Stevens, a lifelong banker.  "In the book, p.m. and I wanted to explore the emotions that accompany both betrayal and greed."

But, the book is also hoped to do more than examine difficult circumstances. The banker/author plans to donate all of his proceeds from book sales to two area churches and co-author terrell has used the book to generate revenue for homeless animal rescue.

Set in Tennessee, The Banker's Greed opens with the kidnapping of a banker's daughter, who knows her survival could hinge on her ability to remember every detail of the ordeal.  When she manages to escape, she provides information about her abduction to the FBI, but all clues lead back to her father.  As the prosecution's star witness, could she be sending an innocent man to prison?  And if he didn't orchestrate her kidnapping, who did and why?

In a banking career that has spanned almost 39 years, Stevens has worked throughout the bank, being named CEO in 2002 and chairman in 2005.  His internationally acclaimed co-author has had twelve books published in genres ranging from suspense/thrillers, to historical, to how-to books.  

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SOURCE T. Randy Stevens and p.m. terrell