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Nothing Personal: A Novel of Wall Streetby Mike Offit
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Set in the luxurious homes and clubs of New York, Hobe Sound, Dark Harbor, the Hamptons, and Europe, Nothing Personal is a stellar debut about coming of age in a rarefied, deeply corrupt world. Offit unflinchingly portrays the insidious, creeping power of greed and lust, and the terrible price some pay in their thrall.
Nothing Personal is the stunning story of Warren Hament, a bright young man who stumbles into a career in finance in the early 1980s. His rapid rise exposes the inner workings of the amoral, crude, and brutal world of top-tier investment banking as only a true insider could know them. Introduced to the elite bastions of wealth and privilege, and with his beautiful and ambitious girlfriend pushing him, he gets a major boost when first his patrician mentor is murdered, and then a dangerous and powerful rival is bludgeoned to death in the middle of a tryst with a young financial analyst. Young Warren soon finds himself at the center of a whirlwind investigation of four deaths, in control of a vast and hidden fortune, and in love with a gorgeous woman whose past may hold the key to unlocking the mystery, before the killer comes calling again.
"In Offit's uneven debut, middle-class Warren Hament attends Columbia Business School in 1984, then lands a plum job as a bond trader at the fictional Weldon Brothers in Manhattan. When bad things start happening to people he's close to — a fellow M.B.A. student goes into a coma, another dies after a skiing accident, and a high-ranking colleague is murdered — Hament is much too savvy to dismiss these events as purely coincidental. The author's real-life experience on the Street makes Hament's rapid ascent credible, and Offit is good at building suspense on the trading floor of Weldon and in the boardrooms of clients, providing a first-hand glimpse at just how sleazy and self-interested Wall Street can be: 'It was always, and only, about money. Just business. Nothing personal.' Wooden dialogue and purple sex scenes are troublesome, but the main problem is that the financial excesses of the 1980s feel like ancient history." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Warren Hament is a bright young man who wanders into a career in finance in the early 1980s. Nothing Personal is the extraordinary story of his rapid ascent toward success, painted against a landscape of temptation and personal discovery. Introduced to the seductive, elite bastions of wealth and privilege, and joined by his gorgeous and ambitious girlfriend, he gets a career boost when his mentor is found dead.
Warren soon finds himself at the center of two murder investigations as a crime spree seemingly focused on powerful finance wizards plagues Wall Street. The blood-soaked trail leads to vast wealth and limitless risk as Warren uncovers unexpected opportunity and unknown dangers at every turn and must face moral dilemmas for which he is wholly unprepared.
Nothing Personal is a stellar debut novel, which follows an increasingly jaded protagonist as he comes of age in a rarified, deeply corrupt world. Offit, a former senior insider, unflinchingly divulges Wall Streets culture of abuse and portrays the insidious, creeping forces of greed, sex, and power---and the terrible price paid in their thrall.
About the Author
MIKE OFFIT began a Wall Street real estate trading career after graduating from Brown University, and obtained significant success on the Street. After his departure, he turned back to his original passion: writing. He lives in New York City.
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