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Ghosts of Manhattan

A Novel

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


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

Ghosts of Manhattan

This book was SoOOOO BAD! Wrist slitter!

Ghosts of Manhattan

Very disappointing after the hype. It is a fast read because it is like a bad reality show. No substance!

Very Good Novel

I enjoyed this novel. Gave a good insight of the going ons in this profession.

I would of liked to see the ending with more detail concerning Nicks marriage. Maybe a sequel one day.

Ghosts of Manhattan
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Oct 02, 2012
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, 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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