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Financial Tales

Harry P.
 
Obscene Gestures of an Invisible Hand: Financial Doom and the Death of Culture - The Lighter Side
Obscene Gestures of an Invisible Hand: Financial Doom and the Death of Culture - The Lighter Side
"Brilliant suspense as currency trader triggers crisis, tries to contain it before it destroys him.  Great Manhattan/Wall Street atmosphere, tinged with humor and even poetry."
Union Atlantic: A Novel
Union Atlantic: A Novel
"Banker with some responsibility for shooting down Iranian airliner now builds, brings down own firm while waring over real estate wit New England blue-blood ex-teacher and sister of NY Fed president. Admirable acknowledgement of problems of control even for well-meaning financial participants and avoidance of simplistic moral judgment."
The Contrarians: A Novel
The Contrarians: A Novel
"Sernovitz's literate and quite amusing view of the conflicted worlds of Wall Street analysts and journalists."
The Financier (Meridian classics)
The Financier (Meridian classics)
"Dreiser's classic, and proof that even if the terms and methods of finance have changed since the 19th century, the hearts of men have not."
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions
"A Gen-Y entry-level I-banker roman à clef and a humorous take on the world of M&A with all its attendant greed and insanity."
The Gods of Greenwich
The Gods of Greenwich
"A suspenseful and at times darkly humorous tale of  skulduggery along the Connecticut/Manhattan hedge fund axis."
Dear Money
Dear Money
"Under the Henry Higgis-like tutelage of a biplane-flying financier, a writer transforms into a fixed-income trader (reversing the path of some of the authors on this list)with results both amusing and philosophically probing."
Present Value: A Novel
Present Value: A Novel
"Interesting morality tale of insider trading scandal at Enron-esque toy comapny, Funny and knowing observations of suburban climbing, fall and (perhaps) redemption. Touch of Wolfe here."
Bank: A Novel
Bank: A Novel
"Not truly a thriller, exactly, but a very amusing tale of exploitation, practical jokes, suppressed fury and revenge among a freshman class of analysts at an I-bank. Will be very familiar and amusing to anyone who’s had that singular experience."
The Privileges: A Novel
The Privileges: A Novel
"Manhattan power couple's hedge fund-fueled rise is accompanied by unexamined risk-taking, personal moral and financial. Somewhat stereotypical characterization counterbalanced by graceful prose,insight into that world of seemingly limitless privilege."
The Collectors
The Collectors
"Baldacci's latest puts financial twist on intrigues of "The Camel Club".  While battling intelligence trader, the oddball investigators get entangled with con artist who's fleecing a casino tycoon."
Moral Hazard
Moral Hazard
"Wall Street speechwriter confronts financial fantasy at work while dealing with Alzheimer afflicted husband's own reality breaks at home. Interesting contrast; insightful, amusing and heartbreaking."
Wall and Mean: A Novel
Wall and Mean: A Novel
"Hard-edged tale of early 90's bond trader up against the markets and the mob."
Naked Option
Naked Option
"Fallen trader turned auditor teams up with alluring colleague to solve a mystery of embezzlement and murder. Intelligent suspense and a literate look at New York's trading culture."
The Patriots Club
The Patriots Club
"Financier from the streets set up by secret cabal dating back to the Founding Fathers. Sort of a blend of The Firm and the film  National Treasure with a touch of Erdman thrown in; not a bad chase."
The Power Broker: A Novel
The Power Broker: A Novel
"Latest in 'Christian Gillete" series, as Everett Capital CEO weighs V.P. run with first African-American Pres. nominee, vies with secret and powerful white right-wing cabal. Fast-paced and intriguing."
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
"Electronics company marketing exec befriends ex-special forces truck driver after car accident. Gets vet hired, and bad things start happening to rivals. Fun twist as he deals with "guardian angel"."
Margin Call
Margin Call
"On the verge of the recent financial crisis, traders desperately try to unwind their exposure, to the detriment of their trading partners. Refreshingly non-judgmental portrayals of "masters of the universe" whose mastery turns out to be decidedly limited."
Market Forces
Market Forces
"The City of London goes cyberpunk in this follow-up to the very imaginative "Altered Carbon", and while some of this may seem like warmed-over Gibson, the road rage alone is worth the read."
False Impression
False Impression
"Van Gogh-stealing private banker plays game of cat and mouse with an art historian in the wake of the destruction of the Trade Center. Interesting premise."
Conflicted: A Novel
Conflicted: A Novel
"Knowing tale of I-bank research director and his lieutenants wrestling with ethical quarries and myriad temptations, all while chasing huge payday."
Wall Street Noir (Akashic Noir)
Wall Street Noir (Akashic Noir)
"Interesting collection of short, dark tales of finance set around the world ("Wall Stret" meaning the global markets as opposed to the NYC locale. Includes works by some well-known names in the biz."
Numbered Account
Numbered Account
"The darkest look inside Swiss banking since Erdman, and a good read."
The Millionaires
The Millionaires
"Meltzer's fun if fanciful tale of embezzlement as revenge in the world of private banking and yes, Disneyworld."
Trust
Trust
"Dark, gripping suspense as Swiss bank's computer expert traces money-laundering hijackers of account used to shield Jewish family's assets during the Holocaust.  Written by an insider."
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
"Ocean's Eleven meets Goodwill Hunting as a team card-counting MIT students raid the Strip. Off-beat and entertaining."
Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai
Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai
"High-flying dealings and debauchery from the NYMEX to the Persian Gulf, as tyro trader helps transform the energy markets. Very "of the moment" story from the author of 'Bringing Down The House""
Zero Coupon
Zero Coupon
"Another strong outing from Erdman - if the characters are a little bit cardboard, he makes up for it with some first-rate scheming."
The Market Maker
The Market Maker
"Interesting look at the London financial scene, and if the plot's plausibility is a little questionable at times, the pacing makes up for it."
Chameleon
Chameleon
"Hedonistic trader teams with Russian mob to manipulate the bond market; lethal game ensues when scheme backfires. Fairly standard plot and characters, but some interesting insights into finance."
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
"International consultant bribes and blackmails foreign powers into debt, uses leverage to further corporate, intelligence, & military interests. Don't know if fact or fiction, but an interesting read."
The Deadly Trade
The Deadly Trade
"Interesting mix of financial and international intrigue, as equity analyst uncovers bio-weapon terror plot."
Company: A Novel
Company: A Novel
"A darkly humorous look at corporate life, as new recruit tries to figure out what the giant firm he works for actually does.  And the "donut incident" is truly priceless."
The Deal
The Deal
"Slater, Loggia turn in great perfromances in tale of investment bankers embroiled in shady oil deal in the East. Thought-provoking and timely."
Wall Street Meat: My Narrow Escape from the Stock Market Grinder
Wall Street Meat: My Narrow Escape from the Stock Market Grinder
"Kessler's wonderfully gossipy, down and dirty account of his adventures amongst the super-analysts of the dot-com bubble. Truly stranger than fiction."