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The Trust Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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“Mr. Vonnegut dreams up diabolically elegant business crimes, then sends smart-talking characters to follow the money. He draws upon his own Wall Street experience (with Morgan Stanley, among other employers) to provide the sound of insider acumen.... There's enough novelty to this plot to set "The Trust" apart from garden-variety business thrillers, the ones in which Bernard Madoff stand-ins run Ponzi schemes. Anyway, Mr. Vonnegut is just getting started.” ―The New York Times
“A terrific summer read.” ―Forbes.com
“A fast and furious novel from Vonnegut (The Gods of Greenwich, 2011, etc.) and a guaranteed good time.” ―Kirkus
“The Trust is a fast, fun, totally engrossing thriller that hooked me on page one and never let go. Vonnegut knows the financial world inside and out, and his expertise raises this excellent story to the highest level. The Trust is a winner from start to finish. I loved it.” ―Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Betrayal
“The Trust is great fun. Reels you in fast ... then goes like lightning.” ―Stephen Frey, New York Times bestselling author of Heaven's Fury
“Norb Vonnegut is the Nelson DeMille of finance thrillers. Travelling with his characters and getting the inside skinny on the brokerage business is a must for all fiction lovers!” ―Alexandra Lebenthal, author of The Recessionistas
“Norb Vonnegut offers a gleeful peek at the world of hedge fund moguls in The Gods of Greenwich, a funny, savvy book that can be as absurd as its title.” ―The New York Times on The Gods of Greenwich
“The black comedy of life in the fast lanes of high level finance powers a wonderful new thriller by Norb Vonnegut, The Gods of Greenwich, set in the poshest reaches of Connecticut and Manhattan... the secret of how Cy "hedges" is the Gods of Greenwich plot equivalent of what the callow young lawyer in The Firm found out about his too-good-to-be-true Memphis law office -- and Vonnegut ratchets up the suspense and the laughs as we are taken deep into "Hedgistan" (i.e. Greenwich).” ―The Connecticut Post on The Gods of Greenwich
“The pieces of this plot mesh as smoothly as a well executed trade.” ―Bloomberg News on The Gods of Greenwich
“If anybody can turn international finance and hedge funds into a riveting thriller, it's Norb Vonnegut. The Gods of Greenwich is a pure delight, racing relentlessly from the bedrooms of Manhattan to the boardrooms of Connecticut to the banks of Iceland. Bravo!” ―Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of Edge on The Gods of Greenwich
“Norb Vonnegut offers you a witty, keenly-observed peek into the sometimes-lethal world of very high-stakes gambling politely known as "investing," and into the rare types who play the game. The Gods of Greenwich is compelling, suspenseful, high-energy, a terrific read!” ―Thomas B. Sawyer, best-selling author of No Place to Run, Head Writer of Murder, She Wrote on The Gods of Greenwich
“Norb Vonnegut's The Gods of Greenwich might very well be a harbinger of a new thriller sub-genre: the Financial Thriller. Not only does Vonnegut tell a ripping good yarn, but he makes sense out of the confusing world of hedge funds, stocks, CDOs, and derivatives, and manages to entertain at the same time!” ―Raymond Benson, author of several James Bond novels and co-author of Homefront--The Voice of Freedom on The Gods of Greenwich
“Vonnegut writes richly and wonderfully, every page sparking with inventiveness and wit. This is way, way beyond just being a fast-paced financial thriller. I've not read such a rich portrayal of downfall through hubris since Tom Wolfe's Bonfire Of The Vanities.” ―Peter James, internationally bestselling author of Dead Like You on The Gods of Greenwich
“Vonnegut follows his debut, Top Producer, with another invigorating dip into the shark pool of Wall Street's hedge fund industry... Vonnegut, a financial professional himself, not only gets the language and tone of Wall Street right but has an instinctive feel for dialogue and action. Especially enjoyable is the rip-roaring finale at the Bronx Zoo.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Gods of Greenwich
“The Gods of Greenwich is a fast-paced and satisfying locomotive of a financial-based thriller, Dominick Dunne meet Barbarians at the Gate. Vonnegut has opened the vaults of Greenwich's elite, and oh what secrets and schemes pour out!” ―Andrew Gross, #1 bestselling James Patterson co-author on The Gods of Greenwich
“On the money! This wickedly revealing and terrifyingly authentic financial thriller is clever, timely, and filled with enough insider info to send the feds to your door. Scheming, backstabbing and international intrigue--propelled by Vonnegut's trademark wit and page-turning plot. Bottom line? Terrific.” ―Hank Phillippi Ryan--Anthony, Macavity and Agatha winning author of Drive Time on The Gods of Greenwich
“Things go from grim to worse for rising hedge-fund star Jimmy Cusack when his company collapses and the fund that recruits him is targeted for destruction by cutthroat bankers in Iceland and a sheikh in Qatar.... The novel moves at... a fast clip, spilling goods on recession-era wheelers and dealers as it goes.” ―Kirkus on The Gods of Greenwich
“Vonnegut follows up his debut (Top Producer) with a first-rate thriller set in the world of hedge fund managers during the 2008 financial meltdown.... Vonnegut's skill at creating characters at risk will make even less wealthy readers root for Cusack to survive his financial debacle with millions intact. This thriller will appeal to fans of Joseph Finder and might serve as a cautionary tale to anyone who envies the seemingly idyllic life of the superrich. But don't we all like to read about them?” ―Library Journal on The Gods of Greenwich
“The Gods of Greenwich is better than most financial thrillers... a page-turner plot. (Serial murders plus the Great Crash of 2008.)... The cast is an unusually motley and enjoyable crew.” ―The New York Journal of Books on The Gods of Greenwich
“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 on Top Producer
“Vonnegut's debut meets the gold standard for financial thrillers as it puts the frenzied, cutthroat world of Wall Street's best stockbrokers on brilliant display.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Top Producer
“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) on Top Producer
“The story mirrors reality ― in ways that may now surprise even its author, who finished the book before the economic meltdown. The two decades Vonnegut spent as a wealth advisor are evident in the venom he brings to descriptions…and in his grasp of the cutthroat world of finance.” ―SmartMoney.com, chosen one of SmartMoney’s 7 Smart Books for Fall on Top Producer
“Shockingly accurate.” ―Bloomberg on the Economy on Top Producer
“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.” ―Library Journal on Top Producer
“A smartly constructed tale with an appealing lead.” ―Booklist on Top Producer
“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 on Top Producer
“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 on Top Producer
“For those who have worked on Wall Street or those who have an interest in 'the business', Top Producer captures the true essence of the people, the pace, and the pulse as well as any novel written in a long time. A must read!!” ―Larry Doyle, Sense on Cents on Top Producer
“[Vonnegut] knows what he's talking about.” ―John Searles, book editor at Cosmopolitan, speaking on the Today Show on Top Producer
From the Back Cover
Grove O'Rourke, the unforgettable hero of Norb Vonnegut's smash hit Top Producer, is back―with a vengeance―in a "Fast and furiouS" (Kirkus Reviews) read that will keep readers breathlessly turning the pages.
One sultry morning in Charleston, South Carolina, real-estate magnate Palmer Kincaid's body washes ashore, the apparent victim of an accidental drowning. His daughter asks Grove O'Rourke for help getting the family's affairs in order. An easy decision―Palmer was Grove's client and mentor. He steps in as interim head of the Palmetto Foundation, an organization Palmer created to encourage philanthropy. It's a tough role, full of emotional politics. But when Grove authorizes a $25 million transfer to a Filipino orphanage, requested by a Catholic priest and endorsed by the family, he discovers something has gone terribly wrong.
"If anybody can turn international finance into a riveting thriller, it's Norb Vonnegut."―JeffERy Deaver
Biscuit Hughes, a small-time lawyer, notifies Grove that the money may be supporting a sex superstore outside Fayetteville, North Carolina. Grove and Biscuit join forces to investigate. But the deeper they dig, the worse things get. Palmer's widow disappears, and the FBI starts breathing down their necks. Grove finds himself in a desperate race to identify a shadowy figure who's pulling the strings and who will stop at nothing to wrest another $40 million from the Palmetto Foundation.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Great great fun. One of those books that you wished were 1000 pages. Some of my fav lines:
Main character referring to his hot female boss: "Her pose was, forgive me here, a boss-with-benefits moment for the ages."
"....her busted trade of a boyfriend."
"I half hugged Jojo hello, formal and awkward the way O'Rourke men have been greeting women for generations."
"Nobody ever cheats grief from getting its way."
"She should have been puckering those glossy red lips, all swollen from collagen and other adventures in self-love science."
"Me-I was wired. And it was not the kind of wired where you touch the wooden paneling or ask the pilot about all the guages in the cockpit."
"Ma'am, we don't know, ma'am," replied the younger cop, serving the ma'am sandwich of Southern respect.
Grove is drawn to Charleston to help the beautiful widow and daughter (an old flame) of the deceased. He's soon drawn into a vicious money laundering scheme when he agrees to serve on a board with these two women. Along the way, we learn about a fiendish spray can full of something called Great Stuff that expands relentlessly when squirted into various body orifices. It causes a pretty gruesome death.
Vonnegut has constructed a complex plot that is sometimes difficult to follow. The story's pace is quick but I detected a slightly slower movement in the action when compared with his earlier two financial thrillers; this is a good thing for the reader. The characters we meet are fascinating and some are not at all what they first appear to be. You must be patient and observant as the story unfolds.
An engrossing read from start to finish, certainly worth your time and money.
I could not turn the pages fast enough to find out the connection among the various characters living in so many different places. The dialogue is as realistic as are the characters who are involved in the events. Since I am from Charleston, South Carolina, the local flavor just added to the interest in reading this book. Everything was described as if the author were walking down the streets giving a tour of the city. Knowing how true and realistic the details are regarding Charleston, I was able to visualize the vivid descriptions of the other places and felt like a traveler on a vacation who was suddenly caught up in a web of intrigue.
The style of writing used by Norb Vonnegut just made this one book that kept my interest from beginning to end. By using the point of view of the main character to tell the story, the reader seems to be along for the terror-filled ride!
You can put your "trust" in this writer to have you guessing until the mystery is solved!!