Suppose There Is Nothing

Suppose There Is Nothing

by James L. Ross


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"Snappy mystery. Enjoyable noir vibe. A fine puzzle." (Publishers Weekly)What holds up a modern financial system? That's the question animating James L. Ross's latest novel. Stockbroker John McCarthy witnesses a former hedge fund manager plunge to her death from a financial district hotel. Her ex-fiancé, a prominent Harvard professor, tells the media she was despondent over her fund's failure. But the dead woman has left evidence with McCarthy that the world's financial markets are in a more precarious state than Wall Street dares admit. For McCarthy, who is on his third marriage, skepticism comes easily. His actress wife remains friends with her last lover, a high-powered lawyer whose clients include just the sort of bankers who might view murder as a cost of doing business. Nor does he find any comfort as the Securities and Exchange Commission investigates: the same SEC that let a well-connected crook named Bernie Madoff operate for twenty years. As McCarthy tracks the Harvard professor to a predatory hedge fund, financial markets shudder lower, just as though there's nothing under them but dying public trust. Readers who enjoyed The Big Short will appreciate this fictional romp through the lower end of American finance.

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Publishers Weekly

Near the start of this snappy mystery from Ross (The Last Crimes of Charles Mistinguett), stockbroker John McCarthy, who works for the Wall Street firm of Magee & Temple, leaves a Christmas party in Manhattan’s financial district just as a woman plummets to her death in front of him. Margaret Bird was a partner at a failed firm who had recently split from her fiancé, so suicide seems entirely plausible, until John discovers a flash drive from her in his coat pocket. He’s able to get the files from the drive decrypted, but they are only six large but unlabeled spreadsheets. John can’t help digging deeper, involving Investor’s Week editor Saul Kripsky and NYPD homicide detective Thomas Marcus. John’s quest for answers also touches on the lives of his actress wife, Robin Miller, and some of her friends connected to the financial world. Ross generates an enjoyable noir vibe with his snarky hero. He has also crafted a fine puzzle that doesn’t require a deep understanding of high finance to appreciate. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. (June)

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ISBN-13: 9781935797760
Publisher: Perfect Crime Books
Publication date: 06/17/2017
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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