Overview

Jon Phillips is head bond trader at one of Wall Street's largest investment banks and lives the American dream in the heart of New York's decadent banking community. But, after years of selfishness and extravagance, he plans his exit through an unprecedented and ultimately fraudulent deal in the US government bond market. A high-ranking colleague, who sits on the bank's main board, has teamed up with a Russian financier in order to provide Jon with one of the key elements vital to the success of his ingenious ...
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Chameleon

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Overview

Jon Phillips is head bond trader at one of Wall Street's largest investment banks and lives the American dream in the heart of New York's decadent banking community. But, after years of selfishness and extravagance, he plans his exit through an unprecedented and ultimately fraudulent deal in the US government bond market. A high-ranking colleague, who sits on the bank's main board, has teamed up with a Russian financier in order to provide Jon with one of the key elements vital to the success of his ingenious scheme. The deal goes spectacularly wrong and Jon's world collapses. As the Russians desperately attempt to recover their lost millions, Jon is thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse. From the seedy nightspots of downtown NYC to the plush yacht clubs of the Hamptons, pastoral aristocratic England, and Southern Australia's endless beaches, past lovers, new menaces, and numerous apparently accidental deaths line his trail. Jon's survival now depends on putting the past behind him and becoming a calculated predator instead of the vulnerable prey.
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Cocky Australian financier Jon Phillips, head of proprietary bond trading at the Bank of Manhattan in New York City, has hatched a bold plan to corner the U.S. government bond market by buying $15 billion worth of bonds. He then intends to run up their value by starting a false rumor that a major U.S. company is in legal trouble, whereupon he will sell all for huge profit. To pull off this scheme he uses money from a Russian mobster who s eager to launder his own ill-gotten gains. The fact that what he s doing is illegal doesn t bother Jon, and it s only after, inevitably, he comes a cropper that he realizes he s in serious trouble. The bank fires him, and the Russian is out for revenge, but Jon remains fairly nonplussed until a series of deaths force him to flee Manhattan. Hedge fund partner Haines s strong suit is insider financial info, but the basic plot, characters and writing are all formulaic. There s a continuing, valiant attempt to heat up the action with a variety of lurid sexual encounters, but even this effort can t lift what s run-of-the-mill into out-of-the-ordinary. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825305504
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Hains is a financial expert and successful global investor with over twenty years experience. Along with his brothers, he runs a substantial private hedge fund that invests globally in the major equity, fixed income, and foreign exchange markets.He is an Australian citizen based in London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    financial thriller

    Richard Hains, financial expert, is the ultimate example of being an expert in the field he is discussing. His first novel, Chameleon, is brimming with the details only an insider in the setting would know. This gives it a does of realism that is hard to equal. Jon Phillips is a successful bond trader for a large bank. He has devoted his life to advancing in his career until he is one of the most well known and best in the business. He has everything a man could desire- expensive car, condo and girlfriend. But he is unhappy, no longer feeling satisfaction with the direction his life is heading. He almost misses his quiet life growing up with his close knit family in Australia. He is unable to just walk away from it all though, the habit and lure of the money is too strong. So he plans an outrageous scheme to buy $30 million of United States bonds in a deal that could make him financially secure for the rest of his life. Unfortunately the idea, while brilliant, is also illegal. When his plan goes flamingly bad he is forced into flight, fighting to save his reputation and his life. Jon must take the offensive in a mental and physical battle with the enemies that set up his failure. Hains has created a deeply detailed look at the world of high finance. He is able to bring the tension of Wall Street and build it into the suspense of the thriller. Then ending is unique also, unexpected and yet satisfying. The book does not delve into the morality of the original deal, it allows the character to suffer the consequences without speeches, subtle and it works. This is a thriller for anyone who is interested in world finance, Wall Street and a good, fun time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    Wow!

    I couldn't put it down! Hains' obvious knowledge of finance and international travel were well-used in this sexy, surprising novel. I liked the way the action jumped around from one country to another, giving the reader just a taste of what one character was doing before zipping off to the next. Hains' writing is lively and bold, and he doesn't shy away from the gruesome or the lascivious, producing some of the most vivid murder scenes and sex scenes I have read recently. I'd really recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    A riveting new financial thriller!

    I picked up CHAMELEON because I like thrillers and this is a terrific read. A financial thriller, it shows how the inner workings of the financial business and how one guy tries to make a killing in the bond market. Of course, his greed outweighs his sense of reality and the results are cataclismic. What ensues is a chase round the world that is exciting and moves at a heart pounding pace. This book has it all: greed, sex, intrigue, murder and more. I highly recommend it.

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