Simon & Schuster
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Hardcover / e-Book
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Delve into the world of high-stakes trading with this wry,
comic debut about life on Wall Street and one man too hooked
on the money to get outóeven as his career threatens to ruin
his marriage and corrode his soul.
Itís 2005 and the living is easy. Nick Farmer is thirty-five
years old, in peak condition, and thriving as a successful
bond trader with the seemingly unstoppable investment bank
Bear Stearns. His nightlife has been a swirl of liquor,
hookers, and cocaine. He clears seven figures every year and
has become fiercely addicted to his annual bonus. But the
lifestyle is taking a toll on himóand his marriage.
When a nerdy analyst approaches him with apocalyptic
prognostications about the imminent decline of Bearís high-
flying mortgage-backed securities trading, Nick is presented
with the kind of ethical dilemma heís spent a lifetime
avoiding. Throw in a seductive financial journalist who
seems to be more interested in Nickís physical assets than
in the percolating financial Armageddon, along with the
prospect that his own wife may have found a new romantic
interest of her own, and you have the recipe for one manís
personal and professional implosion.
In this gripping debut novel, Wall Street insider Douglas
Brunt offers an in-depth look at the banking crisis and the
reach of its personal impact. By turns hilarious and
harrowing, Ghosts of Manhattan takes you to the seedy
underbelly of the finance world and into the rarified
lifestyle of a charming but flawed character as he struggles
to find the right path in a complicated urban heart of darkness.
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