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Reckless: A Novel

Thriller by Andrew Gross

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The Entire US Financial System is at Risk in This Excellent Thriller!

  • Feb 17, 2010
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This is an excellent thriller that starts out with the execution of a family in Greenwich Connecticut. The husband was a big trader on Wall Street. Ty Hauck is recently retired from the Greenwich police force and is now working for a security firm. He learns about the murders on television and when he realizes he has a connection to the wife, he decides to visit the crime scene. Using his prior status, he is able to get some info on the crime from the investigating officers.

The murders cause a financial firm to fail. With everything bad happening in the financial marketplace, this sets the market back big time. The reader is given a clue that this may be a part of a bigger plot to bring down the financial system, from a mysterious call that was made to a London trader.

Ty is then asked by his security firm to investigate a wealthy woman's "boyfriend" to determine if he is who he says he is. As Ty investigates he finds that the "boyfriend" was somehow tied to the murdered trader. His boss mysteriously tells Ty to stop investigating but Ty is determined to find the one responsible. His unsanctioned search lead him to find that another trader that committed "suicide" may not have been a suicide. In fact the boyfriend seemed to be involved with him too.

In the meantime, Naomi Blum, a US Treasury agent is investigating the deaths of the traders too because in each case they had made some bad decisions that caused their firms to fail after their deaths. Naomi learns about Ty's investigation and starts to learn about him. Ty himself seems to be in a lot of trouble the more he investigates and realizes he does not have anyone he can trust with his information. Eventually, he and Naomi will become partners in an investigation that must be successful or the future of the whole US economy may be at stake.
Naomi and Ty work have a great chemistry together and it makes the book work well. The book is a little slow at the beginning but takes off about 130 pages in. After that it is virtually impossible to put down. Seems to work well in light of actual market events of the last two years. Highly recommended.

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February 17, 2010
Sounds intriguing. I''ll check this one out. Thanks!
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The shocking murder of a suburban family uncovers a frightening global conspiracy in this new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Don't Look Twice. . . . "I think this book is fantastic. It's Andrew Gross's best yet . . . an automatic must read for lovers of fast, topical, can't-put-it-down thrillers."--Lee Child The calm of affluent Greenwich, CT, is rattled by news of a heartbreaking triple murder. A successful trader at one of Wall Street's most prestigious firms has been killed, along with his wife and teenage daughter, in an apparent home-burglary gone terribly wrong. Ty Hauck, who has recently traded in his badge for a new life as a partner in an international security firm, is shaken by the news. He knew the wife years ago, at a vulnerable time in his life, and her memory lures him back--against his own best interests--to the life he has just left behind. He digs into troubling questions; questions about the sudden collapse of the dead trader's "too big to fail" firm. About that firm's connections to Hauck's own security company that his new boss wants to keep buried. About the motives of the local police department he has just left behind. Pushed on by the memory of his murdered friend, Hauck teams up with a tenacious government agent and uncovers a scheme aimed at the collapse of the global financial markets that gives new meaning to the word "meltdown." Played out against today's "worst-case" scenarios, ...

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