TRADER JACK - THE STORY OF JACK MINER is a gripping financial thriller with romance, humour and several sub plots.
Jack Miner, behind bars for a multi-billion scam and prime suspect for murder, proclaims his innocence.
He writes his story in prison: from poverty to hedge fund trader, Jack’s dealings and flight from the Russian mafia rapidly take him from Yorkshire to London, Edinburgh, Brazil, New York and South Africa. After a series of reckless gambles, and a cut-throat betrayal, he becomes embroiled in market turmoil, fraud and murder.
Jack spins his tale in the hope that he'll be released early and that the murder enquiry will be quashed: ‘OK, I’m no paragon of virtue, but who is? I’m a straight sort of guy.’
From the world of money mania, beautiful women and swift deals, this thriller delves into the psyche of sociopaths. Is Jack just ‘another villain’ or an innocent target?
Neil Behrmann has pulled off a literary coup with Trader Jack. He has crossed the frontier of financial commentary – where his penetrating analysis has earned a global reputation for exceptional quality – into the world of fiction and created a gem.
This is not just a financial thriller which keeps the reader spell-bound through a roller-coaster ride in market speculation, but it deeply stirs the emotions – in particular anguish for the lead character, Jack. Some may see in him the alienated outsider, but he is also a descendant of Voltaire’s naive, gullible ingénue. Jack’s lonely journey is through the darkness of the casino-land called global financial markets. It is populated by villains, but he also encounters real goodness.
The gripping story which I couldn’t put down, is in its deepest sense, a scathing indictment of shallowness, greed and hubris, interspersed with humour of the absurd. Trader Jack will bemuse and entrance all those lucky enough to find their way to it
- -- Brendan Brown, author of Euro Crash and Executive Director and Chief Economist of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International.
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