The Bridge (aka The Money Song) is a story told through a systems programmer for an ATM network who, past middle age, growing bored and disillusioned with his career, becomes increasingly obsessed with risk taking.
Of the young woman—a compulsive slots player trapped in an abusive relationship with a corrupt OPP officer—whom he selects as the first victim of his sophisticated, bankcard cloning scheme; and of their evolving relationship which threatens not only his marriage, but his life.
Of the bright young Amish boy on rumspringa whom he befriends and grooms as his professional protégé—even though he has never used a computer, or a telephone.
Set around the quaint tourist town of Elora and surrounding southern Ontario communities, it reaches out to encompass Canada and the world.
A tightly interwoven story, augmented with memories, reflections, exposés, anecdotes, commentaries, themes, motifs, allusions and a recurring dream that becomes increasingly urgent as the plot unfolds.
An articulate, clear voiced, well cast, open minded, multi-tiered novel that is stark and believable and yet hauntingly surreal; vividly and yet sublimely sexual; brutally violent and yet tender and empathic; highly technical and yet readable and ethereal; informative and yet blatantly opinionated; alert and funny; satisfying on many levels, to the end… and beyond.
Here is the CLASSIC example of why I beg and plead with you not to tell me what your story "is". That last paragraph is a ludicrous list of attributes for a novel. "open minded". Dog spare me.
The only thing worse than that paragraph is the one before it.
DON'T DO THIS. It makes you look clue free.
Now, about the first four paragraphs. Who's the protagonist? The guy cloning bank cards and wrecking people's lives? Tell HIS side of the story. You've said he's disillusioned. Why? What happens if he gets caught? Is he risking more than jail?
You can recover from this mess. You've got a nuggat of a good idea.