BOOKS: The Fear Index

Fear-Index.jpgIt is not high art, but Robert Harris’s most recent book, The Fear Index, is well-written and the plot rattles along at a brisk pace. It is just the thing for a long flight if you are interested in trading, markets, algorithms, finance and risk, with a bit of murder, Darwinism and Swiss tourism thrown in.

 

The characters are all “ultra-high net worths” and the key protagonist is fantastically clever and erudite, but wrestling with madness. Published in September 2011, the book is bang up to date with references to eurozone countries defaulting on debt and the meltdown in the financial markets.

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