Ghosts of Manhattan
By Douglas Brunt
(Touchstone Books, Hardcover, 9781451672596, 275pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
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It's 2005. Nick Farmer is a thirty-five-year-old bond trader with Bear Stearns clearing seven figures a year. The novelty of a work-related nightlife centering on liquor, hookers, and cocaine has long since worn thin, though Nick remains keenly addicted to his annual bonus. But the lifestyle is taking a toll on his marriage--and on him.
When a nerdy analyst approaches him with apocalyptic prognostications of where Bear's high-flying mortgage-backed securities trading may lead, Nick is presented with the kind of ethical dilemma he's spent a lifetime avoiding. Throw in a hot financial journalist who seems to be more interested in him than in the percolating financial Armageddon and the prospect that his own wife may have found a new romantic interest of her own, and you have the recipe for Nick's personal and professional implosion.
By turns hilarious and harrowing, "Ghosts of Manhattan" follows a winning but flawed protagonist as he struggles to find the right path in a complicated urban heart of darkness.