“So you see, Otto, behind every great fortune,
lies a great crime,” boasted Princess Zina Yusopov,
the richest woman in Tsarist Russia.
Set in the turbulent second decade of the 20th century, Behind Every Great Fortune™ is the first in a trilogy of historical fiction that brings to life the story of Otto Kahn, the international financier whose fortune was so great that he was immortalized as the iconic Monopoly® guy.
In a world spiraling toward world war, Otto Kahn plans the unthinkable. Two forces stand in his way — Naval intelligence officers led by Commander James “Strafe” Oliver and the legendary mad monk, Rasputin. Behind Every Great Fortune™bristles with murder, espionage, sexual depravity, and betrayal as it chronicles the first terrorist attack on New York City, the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the murder of Rasputin, and the Russian Revolution.
At the end of the 20th century, Oheka Castle, Kahn’s Gold Coast monument to wealth and decadence, has been ravaged by vandals. As modern-day developers attempt to save Oheka from the wrecking ball, they discover hidden passages, a mysterious bunker, and encrypted messages. Will they halt the razing of Oheka Castle in time, or will the secrets of how Otto Kahn amassed his great fortune be buried forever?
Frank Amoroso is an attorney with a passion for the untold story behind what is presented as history. He was born in NYC and grew up within a stone’s throw of Oheka Castle on Long Island’s Gold Coast.