Congrats to Chicago author Craig Hickman, finalist in the mystery/suspense/thriller category of the 2009 Indie Book Awards for his new novel, The Insiders--being adapted for a Hollywood film.
There's plenty of real-life fodder to write exciting non-fiction--think Lehman Brothers, AIG, and Bernie Madoff--but those scandals only skim the surface of how manipulation takes place. The Insiders captures the corporate world.
A great thriller! As good as anything on the market today.
--Rick Kogan, WGN/Chicago Tribune
If you want to delve beyond the front page news, read The Insiders--it is an eye opener.
--VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network
Financial malfeasance turns deadly when a brilliant businessman tries to uncover the ultimate insider traders. Wilson Fielder thought he knew his father. But when Charles Fielder is found in a coma after an apparent double murder-suicide attempt, his son soon learns that larger-than-normal problems haunt the family firm of Fielder & Co. Starting with a letter left by his unconscious father, Wilson begins to uncover a web of intricate insider trading, stock manipulation and blackmail that involves some of the most powerful executives in global finance...As Wilson learns more and picks up the crusade, he finds himself in the sights of ruthless and powerful wheeler-dealers who will stop at nothing to maintain and increase their wealth, and the power that accompanies it. In his debut thriller, Hickman, a management consultant (The Oz Principle, 2004) shows an in-depth knowledge of the corporate world from boardrooms to executive retreats, and offers an extremely detailed, realistic take on its inner machinations. However, he keeps the action moving, focusing as much on the perks of success as on the power plays--much of the book takes place in exotic places such as St. Moritz or in the blue-blood hangouts of Boston Brahmins. A well-crafted thriller. --Kirkus Discoveries