Vulture Capital

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When venture capitalist Ted Valmont is belatedly informed that the chief scientist of NeuroStimix--a biotech firm in which he has invested--is missing, it's not just business, it's personal.

Not only is the scientist an old school chum, but his disappearance jeopardizes the development of NeuroStimix's most important product: a device intended to aid spinal cord injury victims. Since Valmont's twin brother, Tim, was paralyzed in a college driving accident, finding the scientist ...

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Overview

When venture capitalist Ted Valmont is belatedly informed that the chief scientist of NeuroStimix--a biotech firm in which he has invested--is missing, it's not just business, it's personal.

Not only is the scientist an old school chum, but his disappearance jeopardizes the development of NeuroStimix's most important product: a device intended to aid spinal cord injury victims. Since Valmont's twin brother, Tim, was paralyzed in a college driving accident, finding the scientist and getting him back into harness is of utmost importance to both brothers.

Valmont engages August Riordan to assist in the search and the men soon discover that the disappearance is part of a larger conspiracy to use NeuroStimix technology for perverse applications. Terrorism. Prostitution. Slave labor. These are just the beginning. And when a beautiful, mysterious young woman comes onto the scene, it's impossible to say whether the technology will provide the ultimate means to save them all or be the catalyst for torturous, self-inflicted deaths...

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Editorial Reviews

Cory Johnson
"If you laid all the boring Silicon Valley authors end-to-end it would be a good thing. But they still wouldn't amount to half the insight Coggins lays down in his adventurous novel. Fast cars, nymphomaniac rich kids, billionaires with short attention spans and long money: a truer picture of Silicon Valley can't be found. In a world transformed through technology-driven change, we need new heroes, a new James Bond—Ted Valmont is it."
Andrew Leonard
"A trip through the dark satanic mills of venture capital with Chandler or Hammett as tour guide."
Tom Nolan
"Dry ice sarcasm … and plenty of nasty chuckles in route."
J. Kingston Pierce
Coggins has a talent for penning credible, often clever dialogue, and some of his more cynical remarks and observations about modern society might reduce a nun to gales of laughter.
Larry Gandle
Vulture Capital is another winner ... [S]trong recommendation.
Wall Street Journal - Tom Nolan
"Dry ice sarcasm … and plenty of nasty chuckles in route."
Salon.com - Andrew Leonard
"A trip through the dark satanic mills of venture capital with Chandler or Hammett as tour guide."
CNBC - Cory Johnson
"If you laid all the boring Silicon Valley authors end-to-end it would be a good thing. But they still wouldn't amount to half the insight Coggins lays down in his adventurous novel. Fast cars, nymphomaniac rich kids, billionaires with short attention spans and long money: a truer picture of Silicon Valley can't be found. In a world transformed through technology-driven change, we need new heroes, a new James Bond—Ted Valmont is it."
January Magazine - J. Kingston Pierce
Coggins has a talent for penning credible, often clever dialogue, and some of his more cynical remarks and observations about modern society might reduce a nun to gales of laughter.
Deadly Pleasures - Larry Gandle
Vulture Capital is another winner ... [S]trong recommendation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460979471
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/4/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Coggins studied creative writing with Tobias Wolff and Ron Hansen at Stanford University and wrote the first story featuring his series character August Riordan in a class taught by Hansen. This story, "There's No Such Thing as Private Eyes," was later published in The New Black Mask, a revival of Black Mask, the famous pulp magazine that thrived in the 30s and 40s.

His books have been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and have been selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and Amazon.com, among others.

Two of his novels have been translated for foreign markets. RUNOFF won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense category, THE BIG WAKE-UP won the Independent Publisher Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category and THE IMMORTAL GAME was optioned for a film. His work has been collected for the California History Room by the California State Library and the San Francisco History Center by the San Francisco Public Library.

Mark lives in San Francisco with his wife Linda and their cat Taki.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    a lot of action and amusement

    I enjoyed the book a lot. The high tech backdrop for the story feels very realistic and provides numerous insights into how this high tech software development and funding works (or not). The whodunit part of the mystery is very engaging and kept me turning pages rapidly. The reader gets many clues along the way, some obvious and some very subtle, but enough are false leads to keep you in suspense. Action abounds as the main characters Valmont and Riordan careen around Silicon Valley and the Napa valley wine country. There is also plenty of humor from these two very different protagonists who share little in common except a very sharp and biting sense of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Worth the Wait!

    I really enjoyed 'The Immortal Game', and I've been waiting for more August Riordan. I found him in Vulture Capital, but I also found a very interesting Ted Valmont character. The concept of Venture Capitalist as hero caught me by suprise, but I loved it. Valmont and Riordan make a great team. I hope we don't have to wait long for their return.

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