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The Fear Index

The Fear Index

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By (author) Robert Harris

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  • Publisher: Hutchinson
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 25mm | 498g
  • Publication date: 9 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091936977
  • ISBN 13: 9780091936976
  • Sales rank: 40,156

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Dr. Alex Hoffman is a legend. An American physicist once employed on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, he now uses a revolutionary and highly secret system of computer algorithms to trade on the world's financial markets. None of his rivals is sure how he does it, but somehow Hoffman's hedge fund - built around the standard measure of market volatility: the VIX or 'Fear Index' - generates astonishing returns for his investors. Then, late one night, in his house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder disturbs Hoffman and his wife while they are asleep. This terrifying moment is the start of Robert Harris' new novel - a story just as compelling and timely as his most recent contemporary thriller, "The Ghost". Set entirely over the course of a single day, "The Fear Index" follows Hoffman's quest to find out who is trying to destroy him, even as the world's financial markets head for collapse.

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Robert Harris has written seven previous novels - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost and Lustrum. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. For his collaboration with Roman Polanski on the film version of The Ghost, he won both the French Cesar and the European Film Awards for best adapted screenplay. A graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied English, he joined the BBC and later wrote for the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married to Gill Hornby. They have four children and live in a village near Hungerford in West Berkshire