Takeover artist Willy Saxon returns from prison to Wall Street with a ruthless and beautiful accomplice, an airtight plan, and a tax-free bond worth billions. Reprint. K. PW.
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In the aftermath of the greedy '80's Erdman offers a cross between financial intrigue and an economics lesson. Willy Saxton, junk bond dealer, returns to San Francisco after serving time in prison and devises more ways to make money--lots of money. Michael McConnohie reads expressively with a pleasant voice. The dozen or so characters are differentiated by changes in accent and pace though his foreign accents are less believable. An integral part of the program are the explanations of complex financial dealings, and these portions are easily understood thanks to McConnohie's slow and deliberate pace. A.A.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Kirkus Reviews:
Erdman (The Swiss Account, The Palace, etc.) makes a welcome return to form with a blue-chip tale of high finance and low cunning in the post-Milken era. Released from a Club Fed after having served half of a six- year sentence for stock-parking offenses, charismatic Willy Saxon heads (by limo) to San Francisco to make a covert comeback in the investment business, from which the SEC has barred him for life. With a little help from friends he refused to betray to government prosecutors, plus a $60-million stash in Liechtenstein, well- connected Willy becomes a silent partner in both a Bay Area brokerage house and a regional credit-rating agency. Saxon also recruits a motley crew of computer freaks, white-collar felons, and out-of-work scientists to launch a world-class trading operation at a well-appointed ranch he's purchased in the neighboring wine country. When institutional demand for the ingenious derivatives developed by his nerds proves brisk, Willy has to obtain them more capital. He gets it by placing zero-coupon municipal bonds (ostensibly underwritten and graded for obscure California cities by his captive firms) with trusting money managers who file and forget the debt in billion-dollar portfolios. Since tax-exempt obligations of this sort are sold at a discount and pay no interest until redeemed at face value at maturity, Saxon has undisturbed use of the vast sums the bogus issues yield. Before long, adversaries on both sides of the law begin to suspect a scam. While they're closing in, however, wily Willy's outcast prodigies engineer a killing in the currency market, which gets their employer more than even and ensures appropriate retribution for the perfidious villains of the piece. A capital rogues-to-riches entertainment--with precious little sex or violence but a wealth of inside information on fiscal chicanery. (First printing of 250,000) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro Forge / Tom Doherty, 1994. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110812521455