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Trade Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Holly Rozner
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Book Description

Trade Secrets is a fast- paced thriller-a story of financial greed that has never been told. It takes the reader on the trading floor of the world’s largest Exchange where money is pocketed before a trade is processed. When Remy Masterman becomes a member of the Exchange to unearth the details surrounding her father’s car crash, she comes head to head with Zach Silverman, once her father’s partner and now Chairman of the Exchange. During the crash of 1987 when Zach’s bagman, Jason, faces bankruptcy, his high-heeled wife, Sarna, learns to trade to save their mansion from foreclosure. As the lives of these two women intersect, Remy falls in love with Ken Baldwin, never imagining how their careers will collide, and Sarna begins a steamy affair with a trader who turns out to be an undercover agent for the FBI during its probe into trading infractions at the Chicago Exchanges. When Jason’s clerk is pummeled, along with those investors who misplaced their money with their faith, he and Sarna create a bold, sexy scheme to save Remy and rid the Exchange of those who try to get away with murder. The author, a CPA, was a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for twenty-two years.

Editorial Reviews


Rozner's debut novel peeks into of insider trading..with multiple storylines and finely tuned characters, the elegantly fashioned novel amounts to more than its pieces would suggest. Rozner skillfully creates complex characters with strong female leads. Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey (2011) will approve. A smart,sexy debut.
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From the Author

TRADE SECRETS  took me a very long time to write, but it was a story that had to be told because the historical parts of this book should never be forgotten. Long before the Lehman collapse and the Bernie Madoff scandals, there was a crash in 1987 that on its surface created more panic than the crash of 1929. This novel takes the reader onto the trading floor during those dramatic days and then follows its characters into the FBI investigation that rocked the Chicago financial scene. While the novel could be considered a romance, its financial angle brings new dimensions to its unusual landscape: the colorful pits that were once front and center and now part of a by-gone, but certainly unforgettable era.

Product Details

  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986016306
  • Publisher: Holly Rozner (September 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GMNH3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Trade Secrets by Holly Rozner
Page Count: 370
Release Date: 18 October 2012
Publisher: self-published
Source: Complimentary copy provided by JKS Communications in exchange for an honest and unbiased review as part of the Trade Secrets Virtual Book Tour

Prior to reading Trade Secrets, I didn't know a thing about the Exchange, but Rozner's dark, risky account has introduced me to a whole new fascinating, disturbing, and dangerous world.

The year is 1986 and Remy Masterman, a woman who believes she's seen enough of this world even though she's still in her fresh twenties, enters the Chicago Exchange with one mission: to discover the secret surrounding her father's sudden, obscure death--because she knows there is one. What she doesn't know is that the Exchange is enshrouded in sexism, savagery, and corruption, and it'll take more than her no-nonsense attitude and perseverance to see any progress. She refuses to use deceptive means because she's a classy woman--wholesome, kind, lovable--but in a market that can either make or break her, she's going to have to start using more than just her brains and beauty to get what she wants.

The infamous crash of 1987, known as Black Monday, sets back all of Remy's plans, but in return reveals some more intriguing ones from the corrupt offices of the Chicago market. I loved seeing this historical event fictionalized into a contemporary setting, then speculated upon. I'm a glutton for based-off-true-story fiction, and appreciated Rozner's insider perspective on the trade.

I felt the entire story, though, mostly the plot and all the characters, is too idealized, and not just in the "good" way. The main character is too good, the villain is too bad, and the ending just perfectly predictable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Joan R.
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Was this supposed to be a romance novel? Was it an organized crime novel? Was it a mystery novel? Was it a strong woman righting wrongs novel? It's hard to tell because the author skips around through all four scenarios, exploring none very thoroughly. The inner workings of the Chicago trading scene were interesting, but felt repetitive without adding new pieces along the way. The main character sets out to find out if there was more to her Dad's death, but then seems to do NO detecting once she's "on the inside". She falls in love almost instantaneously, then later talks herself out of it. One minute she strong and assertive, the next she's whiny and a bundle of self-doubt. One chapter she's focused and moving forward, the next she's back to ruminating over the past. We're told she's smart and observant, but she never questions some behavior of those she gets close to, then she's angry when they turn out to have agendas and jobs that conflict with hers. I kept reading because certain aspects of technical info were interesting, but I wish the author had picked a path and written to it instead of trying to merge a bunch of story genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Consider trading January 1, 2013
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An inside look at the Chicago stock market that I found entertaining. The ending is a bit trite but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High finance and strong women December 8, 2012
By Ivy
Remy Masterman buys a seat on the Exchange in Chicago becoming one of the first women traders in the Pit. Remy's main purpose is to discover the who and why behind her father's "accident". Remy becomes a witness to and participant in history when she's in the Pit trading during the crash of October 1987. The '87 crash was actually worse than the crash of '29 that heralded the Great Depression. Does Remy survive the crash? Does she discover the truth about her father's wreck? What about the other players, Oscar, Zach, Jason, Joey, Sarna, Ken, and Sid?

Remy Masterman~nee Andrea Saks- buys a seat on the Exchange to ferret out the truth about her father's fatal accident. Remy doesn't believe it was an accident and her mission is to find and bring the killer(s) to justice. Remy is extremely smart, determined, and beautiful.
Zach Silverman- Chairman of the Exchange and puppet master extraordinaire, former partner to Remy's father and one of her chief suspects.
Oscar Doheney- Zach's right hand man and doer of dirty deeds.
Jason Bramson- Golden boy of the Exchange and bagman for Oscar and Zach. Jason is making millions and riding high, but for how long?
Sarna Bramson- Jason's wife. Sarna is beauty, sex, and cunning personified. She relies on her looks and sex to control men and get what she wants. What Sarna wants is lots and lots of money.
Joey Fortunato- is Oscar's find. Joey was working in a shoe store when Oscar offered him the position of being his clerk. Joey's watching the traders, the money, and he's very hungry. Easy pickings....
Ken Baldwin- Consultant among other things. Ken meets Remy in Paris. Their attraction is strong and immediate. Ken lives in New York, Remy in Chicago. A long distance romance will be the least of their problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs an editor. March 24, 2013
By Kay
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I read a lot, and it bothers me greatly when a book obviously has never been edited. The story line has merit, but the grammatical errors and inconsistency in the time lines are down right maddening. I'm not an editor, so I'm not looking for the job, but definitely hope future works by this author are reviewed before being published. If this book was reviewed before publishing, I would be appalled.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting and tense book to read
It was fascinating to read about the workings of exchange and the people who are involved in day to day business.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
This was about the stock market and life. The criminal side of the executive at the exchange and lawyer's that helped them.
Published 4 months ago by mkmcafo
3.0 out of 5 stars I still don't understand trading
Is book took me a long time to read, I had a hard time getting into it at the start. Eventually it seemed to pick up and then I couldn't stop reading! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Usakiwimom
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read
Published 8 months ago by Miep Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so much
Couldn't get into the characters.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting theme
Interesting story about the pits where stocks are traded. Good character development. Could have been a little shorter, but I did enjoy this book.
Published 14 months ago by Julie M.Gettys
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Full of insider trading, scandals, romance, greed, even murder. worth a look. I read this book in one sitting, couldn't put it down.
Published 14 months ago by Jen Burzio
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
It was entertaining and interesting. I looked forward to getting back to the book to see what happened next. I recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by Pamela J Bishop
1.0 out of 5 stars In dire need of an editor
Made it to chapter 5 and had to quit, which I rarely do. The story was inconsistent and character development, nonesistant. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Ouellette
5.0 out of 5 stars FREE
This was a free book that was recommended by a book club I follow on FaceBook. Im not sure it is free anymore.
Published 19 months ago by kris t
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Holly Rozner traded S&P options for five years and was a member of Chicago Mercantile Exchange for twenty-two years, serving on the Leasing, Member Services, and Finance Committee.

A native Chicagoan, Rozner was educated at a private girls' school in an elite neighborhood where President Barack Obama now resides. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and Speech from Northwestern University and was later granted a CPA certificate by the University of Illinois; she was a tax specialist before beginning to trade. Rozner holds an insurance license, a real estate broker's license and has retained her teaching certificate.

Her unique experiences in a male-dominated world inspired her debut novel Trade Secrets (October 2012), a romance about two women whose lives intersect on a trading floor during the crash of 1987 and the subsequent FBI investigation into trading infractions at the Chicago exchanges.

Rozner spent many years leading Financial Education seminars for women. She and her husband of 47 years live in the northern Chicago suburbs, and have two daughters and four grand children.

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