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Rozner's debut novel peeks into the..world 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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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: hollyrozner.com (August 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986016306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986016301
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,950,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HOLLY ROZNER
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

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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Good story, believable characters,well written.
Dustan
The main character is too good, the villain is too bad, and the ending just perfectly predictable.
Karielle @ Books à la Mode
A great read, fast paced to keep you in suspence.
Linda

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Format: Paperback
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. on March 9, 2013
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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 By Susan L. Byrne on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ivy on December 8, 2012
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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 By Kay on March 24, 2013
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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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