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The Vulture Fund
     

The Vulture Fund

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by Stephen Frey, Colin Stinton (Contribution by)
 

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A powerful new novel by the author of the New York Times business bestseller The Takeover. Alerted to irregularities in the buying patterns of a risky new inventment fund, Wall Street investment banker Mace McLain uses all his cunning and razor-shapr instincts to uncover a string of bizarre connections that hint at a huge conspiracy--a plot with roots in Washington

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A powerful new novel by the author of the New York Times business bestseller The Takeover. Alerted to irregularities in the buying patterns of a risky new inventment fund, Wall Street investment banker Mace McLain uses all his cunning and razor-shapr instincts to uncover a string of bizarre connections that hint at a huge conspiracy--a plot with roots in Washington politics and international terrorism.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than one reviewer of his first novel (The Takeover) dubbed investment banker Frey the Grisham of financial thrillers. The comparison holds for Frey's second: the characters clatter like wooden puppets, and the prose wobbles between the serviceable and the silly, but the man can tell one exciting story nonetheless. Hotshot New York investment banker Mace McLain is recruited by his senior partner, Lewis Webster, to establish a $2 billion "vulture fund" that will buy great chunks of Manhattan properties in what Webster insists will be an inevitable real estate bust. Mace's immediate boss in the venture will be Kathleen (Leeny) Hunt, smart, beautiful and predatory. Meanwhile, the country's vice president, a Democrat, is locked in a fierce struggle with the CIA director, who's the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Frey lets on that one of the two has suborned Webster and Leeny into working a scheme (involving professional terrorists and murder) that will shatter the New York real estate market and generate vast campaign funds. Most readers will easily figure out who Mr. Big is, but the fun hereand there's plenty of itisn't in solving a mystery. It's in seeing a smart and tough minnow like Mace tossed into a shark tank and only to swim his way out, gills puffing and tail flashing. 150,000 first printing; major ad/promo; film rights optioned by Paramount and Neufeld/Rehme; author tour. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Frey's best-selling debut novel, The Takeover, was "a Grishamesque blend of skullduggery and intrigue" (LJ 6/15/95). Here, an investment banker uncovers a conspiracy between Washington politicos and terrorists.
Kirkus Reviews
Wall Street and Washington baddies plot—ploddingly—against the public interest in another lurid shocker from investment banker Frey (The Takeover, 1995).

Lewis Webster, senior partner at the venerable securities firm Walker Pryce, puts up-and-coming deal-maker Mace McLain in charge of a new $2 billion fund established to make a killing in the market crash he ostensibly believes is imminent. Although mildly disturbed by his superior's timing and analysis of the economy, ambitious Mace accepts the assignment. At the same time, he's detailed to recruit Rachel Sommers, a whip-smart MBA candidate at Columbia, where alumnus Mace is an instructor. Unbeknownst to the yuppie financier, his venal boss is part of a byzantine scheme engineered by CIA Director Malcolm Becker—a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination who needs big money to replace the cash he's misappropriated in aid of his White House aspirations. With evidence of Webster's hitherto unsuspected insider-trading crimes on file, the spymaster has no trouble blackmailing the elder Wall Street statesman into launching the so- called vulture fund. Leaving nothing to chance, Becker has enlisted a gang of Arab terrorists to wreak havoc throughout the US, precipitating a market collapse. Meanwhile, Mace (who's falling for Rachel) learns from the comely grad student that the sources of his fund's capital are not what he was led to believe. His original suspicious confirmed, Mace hits the road and in a West Virginia backwater unearths evidence of the Becker/Webster intrigue. Concurrently, a band of heavily armed intruders seizes control of the nuclear plant that supplies New York City's electricity. Before he can deliver the nation from the evil conspirators, however, Mace must save his own hide and reclaim Rachel from the Becker minions who've abducted her.

A lone upright bull takes on lowlife bears and power-mad politicos in a paranoid fantasy almost totally devoid of pace or suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140863468
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.07(h) x 0.75(d)

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The Vulture Fund 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Frey that I've read, but it won't be the last. This book was spellbinding thru out. Glad I found this writer. He does for finance what Grisham does for law!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen Frey must have been in a big hurry to finish this one. Likewise, his publisher must have needed it fast. That's the only plausible reason something so unpolished could have gone to press. I like Frey's premise, but his character development, plot structure, and writing style are amateurish at best. I challenge anyone to track the point of view in this book! In addition, Frey manages to offend most female readers with supposedly high-powered women characters who are obsessed with pleasing a man. And the ones over age 35 are terminally depressed about their fading looks. Please! Frey makes Grisham look like a literary genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Takeover was his first book I read, this one is even better. Twists and turns, quick fun reading