I am writing a book about a white collar crime in a (fake) major corporation - and God knows I want to make it believable. The problem? What I'm aiming for is clever and original, not a carbon copy of the Enron debacle or recent mortgage crisis. And ... erm ... I'm not too confident in my abilities to whip something up from scratch, create a scandal from scratch, and think of all the mechanics, laws, and loopholes. Does anybody have any advice on how this could even be approached in terms of research? Any books to study up on regarding the business world or wall street? I've been watching lots of documentaries for ideas and to brush up on general knowledge. Or do you think it would be OK to base it off of a historical white collar crime? The biggest problem with basing it off of something historical is I don't want it to become obvious, a la Antitrust circa 2001 (No hate, I loved that movie ... for the wrong reasons.) At its heart, the book is about humanity, but of course it won't help if the criminal subplot is sloppy and unrealistic. I don't expect to become as well versed as a CPA or CEO, but I want to be very strict with my world building, as it takes place approximately 10 years in the future. It's my biggest nightmare, shudder, to have something that would never fly because of gaping plot holes. TIA!