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Wealth Management: A NOvel
For fans of Jess Walter and Gary Shteyngart, a financial thriller featuring three Ivy League MBAs who must put their lopsided Love Triangle aside to snare international terrorists.
In the lush world banking capital of Geneva, Switzerland, three young wealth managers (Catherine, Majid, and Rafe) are handling investments for clients with dubious pedigrees. When problems with troubled investments are “fixed” by murders and bombs, they come to suspect that their clients are Mafiosi and terrorists, but by then they are accomplices, and under threat, and have no easy way to back out.
Their efforts to save themselves — and innocent lives — are complicated by their being in a love triangle, by one of them secretly working with the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence to investigate the other two, and by the unexpected appearance of a detective from Nigeria who may or may not be in league with terrorists himself.
Wealth Management is a clever, entertaining romp through the world of high finance and dirty money… The narrative skillfully veers around global politics, international finance, terrorist threats and the [lead characters’] love triangle.
Zuckerman, who has won two Edgars and an Emmy for his work on ‘Law & Order,’ makes his fiction debut with a gripping thriller… [He] makes the intricate plot accessible for the financially illiterate while keeping readers invested in how everything plays out. Fans of David Ignatius’s The Bank of Fear will look forward to more from Zuckerman.
This first novel by Edgar and Emmy Award winner Zuckerman (a writer for TV shows ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Blue Bloods’) is a well-plotted, intricate, and diverting thriller set in beautiful Geneva, Switzerland….Zuckerman [keeps] a lot of thematic balls in the air; he really hits his stride in his first time out, telling a story torn from the headlines with a quick-read focus.
Edward Zuckerman’s sizzling Wealth Management is a polished debut novel that seamlessly blends twisty, original characters with an ingenious plot and glittering foreign locales. An international financial thriller that’s camera ready for a feature film, the tale simmers with the chilling suspense of David Baldacci’s best work and the wry humor of Elmore Leonard’s iconic novels. The fast-paced, tangled-web plot crackles with energy and high adventure and will keep you up past your bedtime. An original voice in the thriller genre, Zuckerman moves to the head of the class.
Wealth Management is an exciting and suspenseful state-of-the-art thriller about money, terrorism, and the way we live now. Ed Zuckerman makes the leap from being a big-time TV writer into novel-world as gracefully as he made the leap from investigative journalism into writing for the likes of ‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Law & Order.’ Lucky readers get the benefit of all his experience. You’ll be up late turning the pages and you’ll learn something about the way the world works in the process. Highly recommended.
Wealth Management is a pure joy to read, with a wickedly clever plot, vivid characters, and a fabulously droll sense of humor that emerges even with the novel’s deadpan title. If you are a fan of Leonard or Le Carré, you are going to love Zuckerman.
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Behind the Book
Wealth Management is, of course, a product of my imagination. But it also draws on things I have seen, places I have been, and people I have met during years as a reporter and while I did research for this book. Here are some of them.
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