The Last Trade
By James Conway
(Dutton Adult, Hardcover, 9780525952824, 416pp.)
Publication Date: June 14, 2012
James Conway has written the corporate thriller for our age, and age when the power of new media and the hunder of Wall Street converge to form a deadly entity capable of bringing the global economy to its knees.
Drew Havens made a killing for the Rising Fund, which, thanks to his prognostications, was the only hedge operation to anticipate and capitalize on the mortgage crisis of 2008. For Havens, it’s always been about the numbers. He sees things others can’t, from the collapse of the American real estate market to the multibillion-dollar rise of his ruthless and charismatic boss.
Havens is now rich beyond his dreams, but his work at the Rising Fund has cost him his marriage. And now it may cost him his life. It starts with the brutal murder of his young protégé and, over the course of six explosive days, six other brokers around the world, each killed after executing a trade linked to the Rising Fund.
As the violence escalates from South Africa to São Paulo, Hong Kong to Berlin, Havens frantically tries to construct a model that will reveal the catastrophic event that only he can see coming—and confirm that his boss and the Rising Fund are at the center of it. The Last Trade is a relentlessly entertaining, adrenaline-fueled thriller about the forces that shape our culture–and a lone man desperate to achieve redemption— while averting a global economic catastrophe.
JAMES CONWAY is a pseudonym for a hedge fund insider and a global strategy director at a major advertising firm. The Last Trade is Conway’s first thriller. He lives in Mount Kisco, New York.
"The Last Trade is an instant classic of the genre, a thriller you open on the runway and don't put down until you've crossed quite a few time zones."
-Seth Godin, author of We Are All Weird
"The Last Trade is an intricately woven thriller of our time, laced with the menacing effects of uncontrolled globalization, tumultuous financial markets, and destabilized technology, simultaneously gone awry with harrowing consequences."
-Pip Coburn, founder and CEO of Coburn Ventures and author of The Change Function
"The Last Trade joins a select group of books so riveting they caused me to miss my subway stop--and not even care. Here James Conway has constructed that rarest of jewels: an exquisitely suspenseful novel that also carries real moral weight, ominously invoking, in equal parts, post 9-11 paranoia and Wall Street greed. Highly recommended."
-Keith Dixon, The New York Times technology editor and author of The Art of Losing and Ghostfires
"Smart, gripping, and disturbing, The Last Trade will hold you 'til the last word."
-Peter Moore Smith, author of Raveling and Los Angeles
"[An] impressive first thriller...[and] a compulsively readable look into the arcane world of high finance...the financial world equivalent of Lisabeth Salander."
–Publishers Weekly, (starred review)