Chapter 21

Despite breaking every speed limit on the way, I’m twenty minutes late to the audit meeting in Building 2. When I step into the conference room, I’m stunned at how packed it is.

It’s immediately obvious that this is a high-stakes meeting, fraught with political nuance. Dick and our corporate counsel are at the head of the table.

Opposite them are the external auditors who are legally liable for finding financial reporting errors and fraud, and yet they still want to keep us as clients.

Dick and his team will try to show that everything the auditors have found is all a genuine misunderstanding. Their goal is to appear earnest, but indignant that their precious time is being wasted.

It’s all political theater ...

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