In a world that moves as fast as finance does, top producers have to think three steps ahead and make snap decisions. Theirs is a blurred version of reality, one that conceals moves as much as it rewards the bold ones. All too easily, scams can be disguised as success, and plotting can be mistaken for killer instincts. And as Grove O'Rourke finds out, "Nothing obscures vulnerability like success. Nothing that is, except for friendships." But this book isn't about stocks and bonds---it's about people. It's about Grove O'Rourke, top producer at the investment firm of Sachs, Kidder, and Carnegie, and about his best friend, Charlie Kelemen, whose spectacular murder is carried out in front of hundreds of horrified party-goers at the opening of the novel. It's about Charlie's widow, who comes to Grove for help after her husband's death, even though she's hiding a dark secret. And it's about how money---vast sums of money---can cover up even the most glaring imperfections in relationships and fool everyone. Well, almost everyone. With the ease of someone who has lived in the world of top producers, Norb Vonnegut has crafted a sharp, dark thriller that will make you think---and then double-check your investments.More
This suspenseful debut by former financial manager Vonnegut is a wild ride down Wall Street. Grove O'Rourke is a top producer, someone at the high end of the financial scale whose work ethic is second to none. When he offers to help a friend's widow with her financial portfolio, he uncovers the plot that led to his friend's death - and may well lead to his own when the markets close. Mel Foster's voice is that of the everyday man: simple and honest. These qualities work well in his portrayal of O'Rourke, who may wear a finely tailored suit to work but still manages to be a regular Joe in the rest of his life. While Foster provides little shift between description and dialogue, his vocal personality adds to the story's enjoyment.
"Vonnegut's debut meets the gold standard for financial thrillers as it puts the frenzied, cutthroat world of Wall Street's best stockbrokers (aka the 'top producers') on brilliant display." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
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Top Producer is Top Notch
- Carolyn Q. Preston