Bruce McCain types on a computer pad at his desk.

I expected him to resemble a character out of a

David Mamet play, Hannibal, perhaps — profane, hard driving, a scavenger.

Instead, his drooping eyes, jowly face, receding chin, and salt-and-pepper

toupee make him seem mild, hardly a dynamic managing partner.

He’s a sports fan —  baseball memorabilia, trophies, and athletic photographs

adorn his shelves and walls in his spacious corner office.

We sit down in uncomfortable vinyl client chairs and begin.

McCain opens the interview in a low voice, saying, “Accounting

is a most conventional way to rise above the conventional.”


Paraphrases from the novel Corrupt Practices by Robert Rotstein.