JOHN LAW: Money to Burn. A Biographical Novel

Pat Silver-Lasky
New Academia Publishin/THESPRING, 2022
364 pages, 35 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-9558350-0-8 paperback
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About the Author

Pat Silver-Lasky has written for stage, films and TV. With her late husband, Hollywood screenwriter/author, Jesse L. Lasky Jr., she wrote 8 films, 119 TV scripts, 3 plays and 4 books including the best-selling historical novel, The Offer, and Love Scene, a biography of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Since Jesse’s death in 1989, she published 8 solo books, including Hollywood Royalty: A Family in Films (Bear Manor Media, 2017).

JOHN LAW: Money to Burn. A Biographical Novel

This is the story of John Law, a pied piper who led rich and poor alike across the barriers of reason and plunged them into disaster. Was he a genius, wizard or charlatan? Was France victimized by a gigantic fraud perpetrated by a scheming Scotsman?

Sex, Money, and Power are the most powerful forces that drive mankind, and John Law was hell bent on having them all. This handsome Scottish adventurer stepped onto the stage of Europe at the dawn of the 18th century to alter forever the shape of international commerce. Born in Edinburgh in 1671, capable of hypnotizing women, monarchs, and whole populations, he escaped the hangman’s noose in England to travel the capitals of Europe, received by kings and sovereigns.

Daredevil and genius, rake and economist, mathematical wizard, gambler par excellence, womanizer––and most of all: original thinker, the paper money in your pocket, stock market reports, banking credit, stocks, shares and investment systems are all the legacy of this charismatic adventurer.

John Law was a real person. His exciting story is proof that truth is stranger than fiction.


“Luscious is the word for this swashbuckling historical novel. John Law is a perfect combination of a fast-moving action Adventure upheld with solid historical facts. I’m an 18th century enthusiast, an author, yet this information about economist John Law is astonishingly new.

The book’s author is a consummately skilled writer with character-driven situations that become plots. She’s chosen a little-known figure who developed the first bank in France, going on to initiate paper money in exchange for gold nuggets; and further, to sell shares in the “Mississippi project” in the new world. That is the core of this novel but that’s hardly its flair.”

Grace Cavalieri, Poet Laureate of Maryland


“John Law has all the elements to do the job very effectively indeed. A dashing hero, dark villains, physical and political conflict, dangerous duels and harrowing escapes, exotic locales, beautiful and dangerous women, sex, corruption, betrayal, heroism and tragedy. And thanks to Silver-Lasky’s balance of research with her vast experience as a screenwriter for many entertaining films and TV programs (including the award-winning “Philip Marlowe” series), the reader turns pages as eagerly as if they are reading a book by John Grisham or Tom Clancy.”

—Richard Niles, Niles Smiles Music


“JOHN LAW – MONEY TO BURN  is must-read today for anyone who wonders about modern-day Bitcoin.  Scotsman John Law’s18th-century invention of paper money in France and the disaster that followed, has been brought to life in a biographical novel by Pat Silver-Lasky. It  made me understand how a decentralized digital currency like Bitcoin, without a central bank or a single administrator can still have solid worth. Value is partly in the perception, a concept which applies to the Bitcoin phenomenon.”

—H. Warner Glassford CTO, ß Hearing & Balance Centers, CA.