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Ghosts of Manhattan

A Novel

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This instant New York Times bestseller offers a withering view of life on Wall Street from the perspective of an unhappy insider who is too hooked on the money to find a way out, even as his career is ruining his marriage and corroding his soul.

It’s 2005. Nick Farmer is a thirty-five-year-old bond trader with Bear Stearns clearing seven figures a year. The novelty of a work-related nightlife centering on liquor, hookers, and cocaine has long since worn thin, though Nick remains keenly addicted to his annual bonus. But the lifestyle is taking a toll on his marriage—and on him.

When a nerdy analyst approaches him with apocalyptic prognostications of where Bear’s high-flying mortgage-backed securities trading may lead, Nick is presented with the kind of ethical dilemma he’s spent a lifetime avoiding. Throw in a hot financial journalist who seems to be more interested in him than in the percolating financial Armageddon and the prospect that his own wife may have found a new romantic interest of her own, and you have the recipe for Nick’s personal and professional implosion.

By turns hilarious and harrowing, Ghosts of Manhattan follows a winning but flawed protagonist as he struggles to find the right path in a complicated urban heart of darkness

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 13, 2012 – Former Internet exec Brunt offers up a savage, jaded, and comical depiction of freewheeling Wall Street bond traders during their precollapse heyday in this engaging debut. Nick Farmer, a 35-year-old trader at the powerful Bear Stearns financial firm, is unhappily married and growing increasingly disillusioned with his job. The pervasive after-work party culture at Bear is fueled by drugs, prostitutes, and booze, all of which have wreaked havoc on Nick s foundering marriage. At home, his wife, Julia, is ready for kids, but Nick balks at the daunting prospect of fatherhood, thinking he ll be a complete bust. Similarly on the brink is Wall Street itself, whose sobering prospects are brought to Nick s attention by geeky analyst Fred Cook just a short while before Fred delivers the bad news to Bear s top brass. To top it all off, Nick s suspicion that Julia is having an affair with a sleazy colleague threatens to overwhelm him. As Nick s life, his marriage, and the U.S. economy edge closer to meltdown, Brunt brings all the pieces together for a satisfying climax to this compulsively readable novel.

Customer Reviews

Ghost of Manhattan

Very enlightening...helped me understand the business that is Wall Street. Well done. Looking forward to the author's next endeavor.

Great Read!!

Loved it.. It's a book I looked forward to reading every night.. Great imagery characters, and writing... I need more books like this!!

Fun, quick read

I chose this book on the recommendation I saw in an interview on Fox. It was totally different than the type of books I typically read. It was tough to imagine the train wreck of Nick's self destructive choices. But I felt that it was believable. I'll look forward to the next book by this author.

Ghosts of Manhattan
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Oct 02, 2012
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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