Graveland

Graveland

A Novel

Book - 2013
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On a bright Saturday morning, a Wall Street investment banker is shot dead while jogging in Central park. Hours later, one of New York's savviest hedge-fund managers is gunned down outside a restaurant. Investigative journalist Ellen Dorsey has hunch that they are connected, and when an attempt is made on the life of another CEO, her theory is confirmed. As the story blows wide open and Ellen races to stay ahead of the curve, her path collides with that of Frank Bishop, whose daughter's disappearance may be tide to the murders.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
Description: 384 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780312621292
0312621299
9780571275472
Branch Call Number: Glyn

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ChristchurchLib Dec 02, 2013

Financial thrillers are big today but this one really stands out. A Wall Street banker is murdered and an investigative journalist goes on the case and uncovers business corruption as the rich and venal tramp over the rest of the population. The way the machinations of the super rich have effects on the lives of people nearer the bottom of the food chain is very skilfully described

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StarGladiator
Aug 09, 2013

This is one hellaciously good read from the master of Emerald Noir, although this is set in New York and environs. Both as a novel, and political polemic of the most current and first order, Glynn shows, through several of his characters, Americans for blithely ignorant and militantly unaware of the important and crucial aspects affecting their lives, the money masters who actually run and control events. Storytelling at its best, to be expected from Alan Glynn. (The first novel of his I read, "Dark Fields" was outstanding, later renamed "Limitless" to match the movie title.) One is almost reminded of those BBC person-in-the-street interviews in Greece several years back, where each and every Greek citizen could articulate their economic woes, which of their many politicians had worked for Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, and those public-private partherships foisted upon them, while the typical American, when asked the same questions, would stare off into space and start drooling on themselves. What Glynn is essentially doing with his novels, is tying together the strands, showing how a small number of individuals are at the center of the giant web, the real nexus point, whose strands and actions affect our very lives on the most intimate of levels. (The central culprit, or evildoer, Glynn modeled his bad guy after could have easily been Stephen Friedman or Peter G. Peterson . . . .)

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