The Frontrunner

The Frontrunner

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 075409085X
  • 9780754090854

Review Text

In this, Kilduff's third financial thriller, the meltdown of the world's financial markets is triggered by the assassination of the ageing Chinese President while on a visit to Hong Kong. Thus opens this enthralling insight into the way the global economy can be affected by external influences - and vice versa. As markets crumble and confidence disappears around the world, one rogue trader, in too deep, commits suicide. His wild trading has an impact nobody at the time realizes. Enter a management consultant - one Jonathan Maynard - sent to investigate what happened. He discovers that the rogue trader's female associate, Lauren Trent, was making money with her own trading or 'frontrunning' every time she was given an instruction to buy stocks. Dismissed from her position, Lauren accepts a trading job abroad, where coincidentally she is joined by Maynard. Working from a base in Bermuda, they are instructed to shore up the markets by dealing in billions of dollars supplied by the world's wealthiest banks. Lauren believes she lost her job because of him, whereas Maynard feels the stirrings of sexual interest for the first time since his wife died. Despite their inauspicious beginnings the two work well together as they massage the markets back to life. Then they discover that there is another, deadlier frontrunner out there, intent on exploiting the chaos on a grandiose scale. The depth of knowledge about the various markets - put options, futures, currency dealings and derivatives - is the backbone for a plot that leads to a satisfying conclusion, aided by several interesting minor characters en route. A pleasure to read, smoothly written and a convincing 'what if' book, this is worth a try even by those not usually interested in the genre. (Kirkus UK)
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