She rendered services to a crook. So did I.
But unlike her, at the time, I didn't know my client's companies would be settling with a federal agency for alleged fraud and that another one of his companies is under investigation for a mess of stuff.
At the end of last year a government agency filed charges against the client and several of his companies. This weekend there was a settlement, with no jail time.
My initial reaction was shock. Ghostwriters are used to dealing with powerful people who achieve extreme success. So? What can unhinge us is that the client is pretending to have achieved all that in a legit way. Even more crazy is this: Why the hell would he want to publish a book about his supposed legit philosophy for success?
The publisher killed the plan to publish the book when the scandal broke. Everyone asked me if I had been paid. Yes, I had. Therefore, not having that publication credit was no big deal. The agent, who earns a percentage of the sales, was not so lucky.
It's likely that Dr. Melfi will always be preoccupied by the kind of man Tony Soprano was. It's rare for the average service provider like she and myself to run into gangsters.
Me? The shock is over. Now I am just puzzled. I will continue to be consumed with the question: Why do some strivers ensure they stay on the right side of the law, including paying millions to their lawyers, and some seem to need to play fast and loose with legal boundaries? Probably I am too afraid of law enforcement to ever understand the truly criminal minds.