Ghosts of Manhattan by Douglas Brunt
A Novel

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Brunt doesn’t quite pull off this parallelism—the metaphor is all too obvious, and the book itself just isn’t that exciting.
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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
 

About Douglas Brunt

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Until 2011, Douglas Brunt was CEO of Authentium, Inc., an Internet security company. He now writes full time and is currently working on his second novel. A Philadelphia native, he lives in New York with his wife and their two children. Visit DouglasBrunt.com.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Touchstone. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Fran Hawthorne on Oct 02 2012

...after at least three high profile Wall Street thriller/noir novels and more than one major feature film...a reader has to wonder whether this one would even have been published if the author had a less influential wife.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Sandra Kasturi on Nov 05 2012

Brunt doesn’t quite pull off this parallelism—the metaphor is all too obvious, and the book itself just isn’t that exciting.

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