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Praise for Top Producer
“Norb Vonnegut, who has made a career out of wealth management, pulls off a compelling thriller that centers on the murder of hedge-fund schemer Charlie Kelemen: He’s tossed into a public aquarium and munched by sharks…This novel ponders the age-old ramifications of greed, but Vonnegut gives it a fresh, timely twist.” –USA Today
"Vonnegut’s debut meets the gold standard for financial thrillers as it puts the frenzied, cutthroat world of Wall Street’s best stockbrokers (aka the ‘top producers’) on brilliant display. Ripples from the bizarre murder of Charlie Kelemen, wealthy hedge fund operator, quickly reach his best friend, Grove O’Rourke. A top producer at the boutique investment bank Sachs, Kidder and Carnegie, O’Rourke tries to help Kelemen’s widow sort out some financial questions. This process leads him deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of deceit. As fallout from Charlie’s death and dealings start to taint O’Rourke, the sharks, inside and outside his own firm, smell blood and begin to circle. O’Rourke won’t go down without a fight, and not all the blood in the water will be his. Vonnegut, himself a veteran fund manager, handles the arcane terminology and slang of Wall Street with aplomb, never letting it get in the way of the story." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Though it's hard these days to feel sympathy for investment bankers and stockbrokers, Vonnegut makes his irreverent protagonist someone we can root for as he pursues crooks who use the redemptive language of hedge funds to hide financial malfeasance. A promising debut.”
"Norb Vonnegut's Top Producer begins where Liar’s Poker and The Bonfire of the Vanities left off and puts an electrifying spin on the winner-take-all culture of Wall Street. Turn to the first page and plunge into the shark-infested waters of high finance and greed."
--Brent Ghelfi, ITW Award-nominated author of Volk’s Game and The Venona Cable
“A timely read as Vonnegut opens the kimono exposing the intricate cause and effect of finance and murder. He shares his well-earned insights and literary acumen in a manner that entices the reader to reach out for the next chapter. A must for all investors wishing to avoid the next Bernie Madoff!"
--Joe Grano, Former CEO UBS/PaineWebber
“Norb Vonnegut makes a sterling debut in Top Producer, a financial thriller extraordinaire that reads like a 2009 version of Tom Wolfe s brilliant Bonfire of the Vanities for a world that has lost its taste for Wall Street excesses….A former wealth manager himself, Vonnegut paints a vivid picture of life lived between million-dollar trades. But he also writes with an aplomb that makes Top Producer a literary reimagining of the film Wall Street where murder, as well as money, never sleeps.” --Providence Journal-Bulletin (Rhode Island)
And, best of all -- and rarely true in popular fiction -- Vonnegut displays immense command of language.
In fact this book has the rare gift of not wrapping everything up in a neat package (though some parts are a bit too neat).
The fast pace, twists and turns, humor, and back-stabbing intrigue will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
Norb Vonnegut has the gift--you can tell right away. For deep readers Top Producer satisifies a need for wordcraft and originality. Read more
This is a top flight financial thriller. While there is certainly a murder mystery at the heart of the story, the chief enjoyment of the book comes from the author's knowledge of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim Lester
The book is easy and fun to read. Good financial spoof. Will definately buy his next book. Other books of Vonnegut are also goodPublished 4 months ago by Leana Dublin
Anyone who has spent any time in the financial markets knows these characters and their values and behavior. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roy
Excellent book, was definitely a page turner. However I did find there was a lot of technical language that someone not familiar with the markets would understand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian
As a Financial Advisor Norbert adds a bit of insider lingo but the story seems all too familiar and lacks depth.Published 9 months ago by Bob Alger
I had never heard of this writer, but since his name reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. I had to try this one. I am not sorry I did! Excellent suspense and intrigue!Published 14 months ago by Caroline K. Groshart
Very good read overall...can get a little wordy at times,though. I recommend this book for people who like drama and mystery novels.Published 14 months ago by Johnny A.
Like others, I don't want to give anything away - but you may never feel quite the same way on a visit to the aquarium!Published 15 months ago by Melbelle