Two half brothers, Peter and Jim in Sydney Australia discover the phenomenon of short selling equities or shares on the global stock markets and set out to make their fortunes. With a little early bending of the rules the crime spree that follows encompasses industries as diverse as agriculture to manufacturing, banking and finance to horse racing. Crime and betrayal are not just the prerogative of the central characters however as others are drawn from across the globe to join in the frenzy. Regulators who should be there to supervise and prevent errant behaviour are themselves subject to human frailty when vast amounts of money are involved. The crime spree expands to major markets and ensnares even some rich and powerful players. In the end blind greed leads to an unwelcome denouement for some of the players while others may perceive that a certain amount of crime does, in fact, pay.
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About the Author
I was born and educated in Launceston Tasmania and then at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. While growing up I was greatly interested in the scenes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains that often featured in advertisements for the Canadian Pacific rail line. These advertisements appeared regularly on the rear cover of the National Geographic Magazine which was sent to us by a relative in Detroit Mi. As soon as was practical my wife and I left Tasmania for the Canadian province of Alberta where I taught school for a number of years and where our children were born. The cold eventually drove us back to Tasmania's more balmy climes and I taught in University Geography departments until taking early retirement and of necessity becoming somewhat of a stock market investor. This is where, as the global financial meltdown commenced in 2007 I discovered the truth about short selling practices that led to the writing of Money Farm. Since that time I have avoided the stock market and spent my time in the year round pursuits of fishing, sailing, bushwalking and gardening, roughly in that order.