When he’s recruited by Walker & Company, the most distinguished investment bank on Wall Street, starry-eyed MBA Richard Blum can’t believe his luck. Sadly, his fantasy world comes to a crashing end when he learns that some crooks have a taste for Gucci loafers and Saville Row suits. CEO Jack Grass and Mickey Steinberg, head of Mergers and Acquisitions, are running an insider trading ring right under his nose. Even worse, to keep the Feds off their trail, they made sure Richard appeared to be a key player. Richard approaches Harold Milner, the firm’s leading client who’s sorry he ever got dragged into this mire, and suggests they join forces to clear their names. Together with Kathy Cella, Richard’s new love and savvy colleague, they work out a way to put the SEC and Feds on the scent of the real scam artists. Is there time to execute the plan before they’re tossed into jail? Or will they be found out and murdered? As the plot intensifies, readers who enjoy suspense thrillers with gritty dialogue and whirlwind action will find this unique tour de force impossible to put down.
“Bull Street” is an amateurish and silly story of an insider trading ring on Wall Street. Even casual readers of the financial press will immediately know how ridiculous the plot is. It begins with a new business school graduate just happening to come upon the computer records of the criminal ring operating within his new employer, a major investment banking firm, which magically the insiders just left on a computer used by many in the firm, and then very quickly the novice just happened to figure out the password. The insider trading which is the central element of the plot, known as front running, is so simply and easily detected in the billions of dollars worth of trading these crooks do, that it couldn’t exist for a day in the real financial world. Then with all the records in the hands of the SEC and the Justice Department, our young hero quickly figures solves the plot, while “hiding” at the Waldorf Astoria, while teams of experts remain baffled. Add to this, murder and physical violence not characteristic of Wall Street, and a teenage-style love affair, and you end up with a juvenile attempt at a novel. This poorly written, silly book can be purchased for $2.99 on the Kindle, but it is no bargain.
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