Octopus is a real-life thriller that tells the inside story of an audacious hedge fund fraud and the wild search, by a colorful cast of rogues and schemers, for a â€œsecret marketâ€ beneath the financial market we all know.
Sam Israel was a man who seemed to have it all â€“ until the hedge fund he ran, Bayou, imploded and he became the target of a nationwide manhunt.Â Born into one of Americaâ€™s most illustrious trading families, Israel was determined to strike out on his own.Â So after apprenticing with one of the greatest hedge fund traders of the 1980â€™s, Sam founded his own fund and promised his investors guaranteed profits.Â With the proprietary computer program heâ€™d created, he claimed to be able to predict the future.
But his future was already beginning to unravel.
After suffering devastating losses and fabricating fake returns, Israel knew it was only a matter of time before his real performance would be discovered, so when a former black-ops intelligence operative told him about a â€œsecret marketâ€ run by the Fed, Israel bet his last $150 million on a chance to make billions. Thus began his year-long adventure in â€œthe Upperworldâ€ -- a society populated by clandestine bankers, shady European nobility, and spooks issuing cryptic warnings about a mysterious cabal known as the Octopus.
Whether the â€œsecret marketâ€ was real or a con, Israel was all in â€“ and as the pressures mounted and increasingly sinister violence crept into his life, he struggled to break free of the Octopusâ€™ tentacles.
Author : Guy Lawson
ISBN : 0307716074
Language : English
No of Pages : 368
Publication Date : 7/10/2012
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 9.3x6.4x1.2
Book weight : 0.01
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