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“Bull Street” is an amateurish and silly story of an insider trading ring on Wall Street. Even casual readers of the financial press will immediately know how ridiculous the plot is. It begins with a new business school graduate just happening to come upon the computer records of the criminal ring operating within his new employer, a major investment banking firm, which magically the insiders just left on a computer used by many in the firm, and then very quickly the novice just happened to figure out the password. The insider trading which is the central element of the plot, known as front running, is so simply and easily detected in the billions of dollars worth of trading these crooks do, that it couldn’t exist for a day in the real financial world. Then with all the records in the hands of the SEC and the Justice Department, our young hero quickly figures solves the plot, while “hiding” at the Waldorf Astoria, while teams of experts remain baffled. Add to this, murder and physical violence not characteristic of Wall Street, and a teenage-style love affair, and you end up with a juvenile attempt at a novel. This poorly written, silly book can be purchased for $2.99 on the Kindle, but it is no bargain.
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