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The Day Trader Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2003
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More About the Author
Stephen began his career in finance, working at JP Morgan's New York City office in the mergers and acquisitions department before moving to Washington, DC in 1999 to work at Winston Partners in the group's private equity business. At Winston he led the investment into and chaired three of the firm's portfolio companies.
His first 14 novels involved the financial world, beginning with THE TAKEOVER which was published by Penguin Putnam in 1995.
In order, his other works are: THE VULTURE FUND (1996), THE INNER SANCTUM (1997), THE LEGACY (1998), THE INSIDER (1999), TRUST FUND (2001), THE DAY TRADER (2002), SILENT PARTNER (2003), SHADOW ACCOUNT (2004), THE CHAIRMAN (2005), THE PROTEGE (2005), THE POWER BROKER (2006); THE SUCCESSOR (2007), THE FOURTH ORDER (2007), FORCED OUT (2008), HELL'S GATE (2009) and HEAVEN'S FURY (2010). The first four novels were published by Penguin Putnam, the next 10 by Random House, the next 3 by Simon & Schuster and Stephen is published by Thomas & Mercer.
Stephen lives in northern Virginia, is an avid fisherman and has three wonderful daughters: Christina, Ashley and Gabriella.
Top Customer Reviews
When Augustus McKnight gets lucky on one of his stocks and makes a significant profit he thinks it'll make things all better for him and his wife. Wrong. Before he gets a chance to say anything she tells him she's leaving him and wants a divorce-it seems there is a greener pasture with her boss. The next day she is found murdered. He will be the beneficiary of a one million dollar life insurance policy taken out six months earlier. So he quits his regular job and decides to become a full time day trader. Needless to say there is a detective on his case as well as an insurance investigator. Now for some reason this seems very surprising to the, obviously very naïve, Augustus.
With some neat twists and turns, Frey has written an entertaining novel. The biggest flaw in this book (fairly significant) is the protagonist. Through most of the novel I could not have cared less about Augustus. As mentioned by other reviews, and to put it plainly, he was just too dumb to care about.
I kept waiting for him to get smart but the book ended before I got there.
Though the novel tells you a little about trading, it mostly deals with the murder mystery.
but the text leading up to the ending should be better than this novel was. I have enjoyed most of
Stephen Frey's books, but this one was a let down. I was ready to give this a 2 star rating, until
the last few pages. It should not have been a surprise to me, but it was, probably because I lost a
lot of interest in the book and was not paying close enough attention. It Frey's previous books
the financial part was an important part of the story, but in this one the main character could have
worked as a janitor at a high school and the story could have basically been the same.
Augustus McKnight (don't call him Gus) is a tall personable attractive man in his late twenties or early thirties. He appears to be stuck in a dead end job as a salesman for a paper company but he has plans. He has been boning up on the stock market for the last six months and controls a small on line account.
Augustus is married to his high school sweetheart, Melanie who is a knockout and can manipulate him through sex. She works in a law office in order to stay ahead of the bills and has even been working late into the night, recently, to make more money. She has been growing impatient with Augustus and feels he does not do enough to be successful.
In a quirk of luck, Augustus runs into a $90,000 IPO (Initial Public Offering) windfall. He is so pumped after work that he goes on a binge and gets home after Melanie. He can't wait to tell Melanie the good news but before he can do that she admits to an affair with her boss and asks for a divorce.
The next day he quits after his boss tries to shake him down for half stock market the profits. Later that night the police come to his home and tell him his wife has been brutally murdered.
At two hundred and ninety pages, things move fast. Augustus is also in line for a million dollar life insurance policy so he decides to go into Day Trading with his new found wealth. An old buddy of his, Vincent Carlucci, takes a renewed interest in Augustus and sets him up with some investors and things are really starting to look rosy but there's a storm on the horizon.
Everything in Augustus' life going back to high school and beyond has been a sham.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't put the book down. I trade and it seemed interesting. I loved the book and highly recommend it. My first Frey book and hopefully not my last.Published 11 days ago by EB
This was actually a good read. Depending on what other books you have read of Stephen Frey. Interesting plot, meaning and ending. This doesn't disappoint.Published 5 months ago by peaceandluv
Fun read that also educates the reader on stock trading along the way.Published 6 months ago by Paula Watkins
Good pace fair character development for main player not much for secondary support staff
Wrap up was fairly quick one good twist with one character
So so story. 8th. Grade level at best. Wordy without need, poor prose, will read one more his books to verify.Published 17 months ago by Nancy Bryan
I just love Stephen Frey's early novels -- the ones focusing on stock trading/investment business. They are truly his best works. Very entertaining with nicely woven stories.Published 18 months ago by Ali
Always keeps you thinking and plotting your own out come.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer