The Gravy Train

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Overview

During an historic Wall Street boom, young MBA Finn Keane gets to perform on the world’s stage when he’s hired by the investment banking powerhouse Abercrombie, Wirth & Co. His first deal involves the acquisition of Milstien Stores by Kristos & Company. However, as soon as the business is handed over to founder Nick Christanapoulas’s ineffectual son-in-law, one of ABC’s senior managers, Jack Shane, engineers a risky financing that drives the business into bankruptcy. In the process, Shane demonstrates to ...

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Overview

During an historic Wall Street boom, young MBA Finn Keane gets to perform on the world’s stage when he’s hired by the investment banking powerhouse Abercrombie, Wirth & Co. His first deal involves the acquisition of Milstien Stores by Kristos & Company. However, as soon as the business is handed over to founder Nick Christanapoulas’s ineffectual son-in-law, one of ABC’s senior managers, Jack Shane, engineers a risky financing that drives the business into bankruptcy. In the process, Shane demonstrates to Finn how Wall Streeters operate. Finn realizes that the financial world is populated by egomaniacs, and he is determined to help Nick buy back his company. When Shane and his cohorts hear of the plans, they threaten Finn’s life and expose his new girlfriend’s sordid past, because all along, they wanted to carve up this business for themselves. Little do they know what surprises Finn has waiting for them.

A tense thriller, The Gravy Train by David Lender provides an eye-opening exposé not only of Wall Street investment bankers, but also of their lawyers and financial buyout clients. This intriguing and skillfully developed plot is sure to keep listeners absorbed until the end.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612182278
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,078,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lender writes thrillers based on his over 25-year career as a Wall Street investment banker. He draws on an insider's knowledge from his career in international mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch, Rothschild and Bank of America for the international settings, obsessively driven personalities and real-world financial intrigues of his novels. His characters range from David Baldacci-like corporate power brokers to Elmore Leonard-esque misfits and scam artists. His plots reveal the egos and ruthlessness that motivate the players in the business world, as well as the inner workings of the most powerful of our financial institutions and corporations.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    A Noir Passion Play

    This isn't a book I'd have picked up, except that I read Lender's Trojan Horse on a recommendation. The Gravy Train is set in a tough world with hard characters. Then you meet Finn, get to know him, and his new friend Nick, and enjoy a developing warm friendship. Then you meet Cassie, and wow! This is not your ordinary girl, or your ordinary romance. I've never read anyone quite like this guy. He writes guy books for girls! And he keeps you rooting for the lovers as well as the ones who wear the white hats! And his books have a message. Something here for us all. Buy it! Read it!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    A great story, well told

    I read this after Lender's Trojan Horse. This little book shows the dark side of the finance game in a way I've never seen it. It's similar personalities to the original "Wall Street" movie. These characters are more realistically drawn, however. The story has good pacing and an artfully crafted plot with enjoyable turns. Buy it and enjoy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Excellent Follow-up to Trojan Horse

    This was an excellent follow-up to Lender's Trojan Horse. It's different in many ways, but his command of the Wall Street type is a constant. The finance is only peripheral to the story, so it didn't get in my way. I liked his characters, their dialog, the settings, the plot and the surprise curveballs. Buy and enjoy without question.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    A highly enjoyable read

    One of the most engrossing, educational and fun reads I've had in a while. A gritty, Wall Street story of greed, good and evil and even some romance. And a real-to-life romance. Not some flitty B-story, but one with some depth and complexity of character. But the main event is the clever, twisty plot, and how the remarkable Finn and Nick fight against greater forces. In the end, it's a real-life result.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    THE REAL WALL STREET

    This is Wall Street. You must read this if you are interested in the personalities that created the Global Financial Meltdown. I enjoyed the story, which is engrossing, the characters, who are human and in some cases touching and abhorrent, and the pace of the plotting, which is devilishly clever and painstakingly well thought-out. Read this. You won't regret it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Great little book

    A fast read, and fast-paced. A nice story, wound around a really nasty villain and a team of a young MBA and an old man who's doing his swan song deal to save his company.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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