The Fear Index
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... show more
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?From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publish date: October 17th 2011
Pages no: 323
Edition language: English
3.5 EstrellasRESEÑA COMPLETA EN ATRAPADO EN LA LECTURANo es un mal libro, de hecho es bastante bueno. "¿Porque le bajaste tanto las estrellas si es tan bueno?"...Tampoco es que lo super quemé al libro, le dí 3.5! El tema se reduce al siguiente: es un libro que trata mucho de economía, pero el autor ...
A terrifying first chapter! Develops into a fast paced financial thriller that catalogues events over a 24 hour period in Geneva. The two main characters are quite strong, but the others less so. A good holiday read"
Would call this a page turner if I hadn't read it on a Kindle. A cover to cover, don't put it down thriller. A lot of fun!
Update: 8/3/2012 This article related to an automatic trading algorithm run a-muck is pertinent to this book. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/trying-to-be-nimble-knight-capital-stumbles/ A larger question is whether this kind of trading benefits capitalism, in the sense it helps supply cap...
Very disappointing book after his other beautifully researched books. I loved the characters, but the story was improbable and there were a lot of holes in the plot. However, easy bedtime reading.