Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nothing Personal: A Novel of Wall Street by Mike Offit Review & Giveaway

Warren Hament is a bright young man who wanders into a career in finance in the early 1980s. Nothing Personal is the extraordinary story of his rapid ascent toward success, painted against a landscape of temptation and personal discovery. Introduced to the seductive, elite bastions of wealth and privilege, and joined by his gorgeous and ambitious girlfriend, he gets a career boost when his mentor is found dead.

Warren soon finds himself at the center of two murder investigations as a crime spree seemingly focused on powerful finance wizards plagues Wall Street. The blood-soaked trail leads to vast wealth and limitless risk as Warren uncovers unexpected opportunity and unknown dangers at every turn and must face moral dilemmas for which he is wholly unprepared.

Nothing Personal is a stellar debut novel, which follows an increasingly jaded protagonist as he comes of age in a rarified, deeply corrupt world. Offit, a former senior insider, unflinchingly divulges Wall Street’s culture of abuse and portrays the insidious, creeping forces of greed, sex, and power---and the terrible price paid in their thrall.

From page one, Nothing Personal, became personal in the fact that I was hard-pressed to put the book down.  I was caught up from the very beginning in the life of Warren and how the complexities or simplicities for some of Wall Street and how it worked.  Not only that, but I was intrigued on how the corruption was tied to the killings.  I know it was because that's usually how a crime/thriller novel works, but I was intrigued on the way the threads of securities and trade linked to the crime.

Not to mention that there's a wee bit of romance involved for Warren.  That makes it more realistic for someone who reads a lot of suspenseful romance, but the action just never stopped in Nothing Personal -  which was refreshing because the characters didn't become stale, consistenly in motion and with me trying to keep up with them.

A rock solid plot, without a lot of mumbo jumbo technical speak, meaning I was able to follow along very easily and quite enjoyed the novel.  In fact, even after I've finished, I find myself thinking about it and the subtle humor and solid writing of Mike Offit.  Highly recommend!

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