From the Publisher
A chilling contemporary thriller from Robert Harris set in the
competitive world of high finance.
Dr Max Hoffman is a legend. A physicist once employed on the Large
Hadron Collider, he now uses a revolutionary and highly secret
system of computer algorithms to trade on the world''s financial
markets. None of his rivals is sure how he does it, but somehow
Hoffman''s hedge fund -- built around the standard measure of
market volatility: the VIX or "Fear Index" -- generates astonishing
returns for his investors.
Late one night, in his house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder
disturbs Hoffman and his wife while they are asleep. This
terrifying moment is the start of Robert Harris''s new novel -- a
story just as compelling and timely as his most recent contemporary
thriller, The Ghost. Over the next 48 hours, as
the markets edge towards another great crash, Hoffman''s world
disintegrates. But who is trying to destroy him?
From the Trade Paperback edition.