June 2012 / ISBN 9780345527899
Suspense, Wall Street
by Bob Walch
Using the past
Wall Street meltdown as the inspiration for his first novel, John
Gapper, the associate editor of The Financial Times, has created
a story where a young psychiatrist becomes ensnared in a violent
crime situation when one of his patients kills a person.
works at a Manhattan hospital. When one of most generous donors
of the medical facility is brought into the psych ward with what
appear to be suicidal tendencies, Cowper is asked to treat him.
Harry Shapiro is a Wall Street financier whose world has just collapsed.
Although he needs treatment, Shapiro refuses to stay at the hospital
and because of who he is, Cowper is pressured by his superiors to
release him and conduct treatment at the man's home.
apparently shoots and kills another Wall Street wheeler-and-dealer,
the psychiatrist is blamed for releasing the distraught man. With
his career at stake, Cowper decides he'll have to figure out what
actually occurred at his patient's Hamptons' mansion before the
police close the file on the case.
With a riveting
plot lifted right off the financial pages of the nation's newspapers,
this thriller not only introduces a new author but also offers a
different take on the causes and consequences of the recent Wall
Debt is an entertaining novel and those with some knowledge
of the ins and outs of the financial world will have fun trying
to match some of the characters and scenarios with real people and