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A chilling contemporary thriller from Robert Harris set in the competitive world of high finance.
Dr Max Hoffman is a legend.
A physicist once employed on the Large Hadron Collider, he now uses a revolutionary and highly secret system of computer algorithms to trade on the world's financial markets. None of his rivals is sure how he does it but somehow Hoffman's hedge fund - built around the standard measure of market volatility : the VIX or 'Fear Index' - generates astonishing returns for his investors.
Late one night, in his house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder disturbs Hoffman and his wife while they are asleep. This terrifying moment is the start of Robert Harris's new novel.
A story just as compelling and timely as his most recent contemporary thriller, The Ghost. Over the next 48 hours, as the markets edge towards another great crash, Hoffman's world disintegrates. But who is trying to destroy him?
About the Author
Robert Harris has written seven previous novels - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost and Lustrum. His work has been translated into thirty seven languages. For his collaboration with Roman Polanski on the film version of The Ghost, he won both the French Cesar and the European Film Awards for best adapted screenplay. A graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied English, he joined the BBC and later wrote for the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married to Gill Hornby. They have four children and live in a village near Hungerford in West Berkshire.
"The Fear Index could scarcely be more of the moment" The Times "Harris is a master of pace and entertainment, and The Fear Index is a thoroughly enjoyable book ... Read the book." Observer "The Fear Index is an escapist thriller to rank with the best of them, and as a guide to what hedge funds actually do, it is surprisingly clear and instructive." Economist "There are moments when this book feels so up to date it could have been written next week... spookily exciting." Express "I would recommend The Fear Index, the new novel by Robert Harris that delves into the world of modern finance. The writing is as elegant as ever" -- Lionel Barber Financial Times
ISBN: 9780099553267 ISBN-10: 0099553260 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 388 Published: 24th May 2012 Publisher: Cornerstone Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Robert Harris is the author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and Lustrum, all of which were international bestsellers. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. After graduating with a degree in English from Cambridge University, he worked as a reporter for the BBC’s Panorama and Newsnight programs, before becoming political editor of the Observer and subsequently a columnist on the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is married to Gill Hornby and they live with their four children in a village near Hungerford.