The Gods of Greenwich

The Gods of Greenwich

by Norb Vonnegut
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Overview

The Gods of Greenwich by Norb Vonnegut

Norb Vonnegut's Top Producer met "the gold standard for financial thrillers" as it put the "frenzied, cutthroat world of Wall Street…on brilliant display (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now the author, a veteran wealth manager, lends an explosive insider's perspective to the high-stakes, winner-takes-all world of hedge funds in

Jimmy Cusack is the tough kid from a blue-collar neighborhood who made good on Wall Street. Well, almost. After a sterling start to his career, things have suddenly soured…

His hedge fund has collapsed. The bank is foreclosing on his upscale condominium. And Jimmy's wife is two months' pregnant. That's the good news. When Cusack is met with an offer he can't refuse, he takes a job with LeeWell Capital. Based in the affluent enclave of Greenwich, Connecticut, LeeWell is a fund that's impervious to the capital market woes—and is guaranteed to bring in billions. But making big money always comes with a cost. And soon Jimmy will have to pay the price…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312384692
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Norb Vonnegut spent over two years at a money management firm in New York City, where he was a managing director responsible for equity and fixed income portfolios.

A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel Say Her Name.

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The Gods of Greenwich 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that when the opportunity to review this book was presented to me I did it simply because the name Vonnegut was on it. Now I know he's just a distant cousin, but how great would it be for two (even distant) members of the same family are great authors?? I really liked Cusack, the main character. He was so likeable. He has charisma and could probably sell anything to anyone, but he never was out to get anyone (well at least until the end of the book, but I can't give that away!). His wife Emi I saw as being so cute and innocent looking, the kind of person you couldn't hate if you wanted to. I didn't care for Cy, his wife Bianca, Victor, or Rachel. But I think that was the point. Although I wouldn't do it, what Bianca does to Cy was fun to read. She went about things in the wrong way, but revenge is awesome :-) This one kept me guessing all the way through. We know Rachel is a murder but we don't really figure out how she's tied into the story for quite a while. We're told about the Art dealer and the Banker in Iceland are in huge problems of their own, and while we're clued in a bit to what's going on between them and Cy I didn't really catch on completely for quite a while. This one was so well written that I gave up even trying to guess how it would end because I was so engrossed in what was going on right now. I really liked the ending. It tied everything up pretty well, it wasn't cheesy, and it wasn't a "everyone is happy" ending. Even though this was about Wall Street, which is something I have very little interest in, the story was so engaging that even when I didn't understand what the characters were talking about I didn't feel bored by it. There was so much going on, so many different parts to the story, that it was hard not to get caught up in the middle of everything. So I picked this book because it had the name Vonnegut attached to it. Was I disappointed? NOT AT ALL! I think there's something in that blood line somewhere. I can honestly say after reading The Gods of Greenwich that two of my favorite authors share the same last name. Even though the writing was totally different it was written so well that there's really no comparison. It's like comparing your favorite jeans to your favorite desert. They're both great, which is why they're your favorites, and it would be really hard to pick which one you like better. This book was provided to me for review. This has in no way influenced my review. This review is truthful, honest, and is my sincere opinion.
Marianne Sullivan More than 1 year ago
This book grab me quickly and kept me interested. It is a fun fast read. Wish his other book was available on Nook.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This book goes so much farther than most financial thrillers. A really well-written picture of financial greed and a real eye-opener for the reader. Things that have not appeared so far in the financial news. Gordon Gekko's Greed is Good speech has nothing on these characters. Jim Cusack is a young trader who grew up on the streets and made out really well on Wall St. Jim's family said that they would send him to college but, when he graduated and went to work he had to promise that he would take care of his mom and two brothers and their children as they could not afford to send them all to school. After a very good start on Wall St., Jim started his own hedge fund. Unfortunately, when the financial world started to go south Jim's fund collapsed. He was about to lose his home, and his wife had just announced she was pregnant with their first child. Jim had to take a job to survive and headed off to Leeser Capital, a Greenwich Hedge Fund that doesn't seem to ever have a bad day. It is at Leeser Capital that Jim's real troubles begin. There are many hedge funds in the wealthy Connecticut town of Greenwich and their payouts are huge. Unfortunately, there are consequences that come with these payouts. Someone has to die. There are some crooked bankers in Iceland and a sheikh from Qatar involved in some of these deals that you won't believe. Also, as an extra added attraction, a hit-woman who is looking for new ways to kill people and, boy, does she really come up with some gems. This reviewer wouldn't ordinarily want to read about the financial world as it is sometimes a bit boring. But, not in this tale. Some of the schemes thought up by these traders are beyond belief. Getting back to our hero Jimmy, he is trying to get back on track and taking many chances. While the ending is a little over-the-top, you will keep on reading because you just have to know how it all turns out. Quill Says: New Economic crisis: Barbarians at the Gate for the next generation.
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The first two-thirds are gripping, but the remainder of the book ends in deus ex machina and here-comes-the-cavalry.