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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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  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Holly Rozner (September 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GMNH3U
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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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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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Ok, this book is all about the stock trading system in Chicago. I know little about the arena but this made a good background for the story of greed and corrupt people. Good old boys and their illegal trading stock to make money are the core of this story.
The FBI knew there was a problem with the trading pit but didn't know how deep the corruption went nor how to find that information. Meanwhile, two women get caught up in the mess and find they are more resilient than they ever imagined. When they go on the offensive, they change the world around them. They step up to the plate and learn to take care of themselves and even become their own champions.

Remy is a little too needy when it comes to her love life, but I guess some people are determined to see women as needing a man...crying over a man...etc. It's a little annoying but that's me...Sarna is portrayed as a money grubber. She wants what she wants and money is high on the list of must haves.

When the Feds swoop down on the trading scam the good old boys are on the offensive and everyone is left shuffling but Remy and Sarna are the ones to act. One to investigate a family death and the other to avenge financial ruin. Remy shares what she knows with her FBI boyfriend but when they fight, she faces the bad guys nose to nose and demands fair trades and treatment on the trading floor. Sarna uses her body to question one of the men and gets him to admit to killing a trader that didn't want to go along with the corruption and cheating of traders.

I liked the Sarna character more than Remy. Sarna was a strong woman while Remy was a bit of a whiner. The men, the two women fell in love with were isolated and didn't share much even to make an effort to protect them.
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This was nice, light reading. Didn';t have to know much about trading and it gives you some insight into the process, particularly insider trading. Whether this is fiction or fiction based on fact, I don't really know. It'll keep you interested to the end. Author has a comfortable writing style that makes for a comfortable read as well. It you enjoy a fun mystery, you might want to pick this one up!
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