The Day Trader by Stephen Frey
A Novel of Risk and Reward

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Some people risk everything once in their lives.
Day traders do it every time they go to work.

The exhilarating and addictive world of point-and-click stock market trading takes on a lethal new dimension in this riveting thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Insider and Trust Fund.

Augustus McKnight wants a better life than the one he’s got: toiling as a sales rep for a paper products company and suspecting his wife, Melanie, of cheating on him. His only solace is managing his tiny stock portfolio. . . hoping to strike it rich. Then a shrewd investment actually earns him a windfall. But it’s too late to save his marriage. In a bitter, violent confrontation, Melanie admits to a secret affair and demands a divorce. One day later, she is found brutally murdered. And Augustus is the sole beneficiary of her million-dollar life insurance policy.

Suddenly, Augustus has the better life he’s always longed for–but at a devastating price. To escape his pain, he plunges into the world of the full-time day trader, surrounded by like-minded loners who risk it all to run with the bulls and bears. Yet even as his financial fortunes begin to soar, dark circumstances threaten to send his life into a tailspin. A suspicious insurance investigator is determined to prove that Augustus committed the murder to get the million. And a relentless police detective is watching Augustus’s every move–with the help of a mystery informant.

Augustus’s only ally has is Vincent Carlucci–an old friend and high-living player, who offers Augustus a sweet gig managing the money of some big shots who’ll pay handsome commissions on winning investments. But when the deal is sealed with a night on the town at an exclusive after-hours club, Augustus stumbles on the first of many shocking revelations about the events that have rocked his world–and discovers he is both a pawn in a complex game of manipulation and betrayal . . . and the target of a twisted quest for revenge.

The Day Trader is as thrilling–and terrifying–as gambling on a hot stock in this lightning-fast world where fortunes are made or lost at the touch of a button, where being rich means being ruthless, and where quick wits and killer instinct make the difference between success and slaughter.

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About Stephen Frey

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Stephen Frey is a best-selling author of novels set in the financial world. He received a BS and an MBA from the University of Virginia. Frey started out his career working in mergers and acquisitions at JP Morgan and served as a vice president of corporate finance at an international bank headquartered in Manhattan. Frey's first books were all standalone stories. It was with the publication of The Chairman in which he introduced the character Christian Gillette that Stephen Frey began writing a series with the same character. He published four books about Gillette and his ties to the private equity firm of Everest Capital. His novels include The Takeover, The Inner Sanctum, Absolute Proof, The Day Trader, The Fourth Order, Forced Out, Hell's Gate, and Heaven's Fury.
Published March 26, 2002 by Ballantine Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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cop, a big black 30-year man, begins looking into Augustus’s background and checking up on the late Melanie, who unbeknownst to her husband earned big bucks as an exotic dancer at an after-hours club three nights weekly while Augustus thought she was working late.

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The title and cover may suggest an intriguing look at the financial world's quick-hit specialists, but the latest from the bestselling Frey (Trust Fund; <EMPH

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Buoyed by a couple of lucky investments as well as Melanie's million-dollar life insurance policy, Augustus launches a new career as a day trader.

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One of the by-phenomena of Internet access is day trading.

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