Financial Intrigue Crime Fiction Booklist

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A list of books, many of which received at least one starred review (indicating a work of unusual merit) from the following review sources: Booklist (BL), Publisher's Weekly (PW), Kirkus, and Library Journal (LJ). Additional titles of interest may be included on this list. Titles are alphabetically by author.Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
  • Total Control
    Author: Baldacci, David
    Publisher: Warner $ 32 ISBN: 0446520950 Date: 1997
    Following on the heels of his sensational New York Times bestseller debut novel, Absolute Power, Baldacci returns with an explosive tale of terror, deception, and one woman's battle for truth. Sidney Archer's life is turned upside-down when her husband is killed in a fiery plane crash. But as further details emerge, Sidney learns that not only does the FBI believe her husband was reponsible for the bombing that caused the crach, they believe he is still alive!
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Eye of the Abyss
    Author: Browne, Marshall
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312311567 Date: 2003
    starKirkus starPW starBooklist
    The author of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize-nominated mystery, The Wooden Leg of Inspector Anders, now delivers an atmospheric and powerful thriller set during the rise of the Nazi party.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | World War Stars | Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Rising Sun
    Author: Crichton, Michael
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0394589424 Date: 1992
    starKirkus
    Crichton's signature amalgam of suspense and science is put to dazzling effect in Rising Sun: a thrilling murder mystery that unfolds in the arena of volatile Japanese-American relations. The international electronics industry is the fiercely coveted prize in this ingenious, riveting novel.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Nest of Vipers
    Author: Davies, Linda
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23 ISBN: 0385475969 Date: 1995
    starPW
    A writer who knows the intoxicating risks, irresistible temptations, and spectacular rewards of the world's financial markets firsthand--having been a merchant banker for seven years--offers a taut, fast-paced financial thriller that sweeps readers into a desperate battle of wits, played for the highest stakes.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Wilderness of Mirrors
    Author: Davies, Linda
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23 ISBN: 0385480385 Date: 1996
    The bestselling author of Nest of Vipers takes readers from Hong Kong to London to Vietnam in a novel of deep cover espionage, international drug and arms smuggling, and high-stakes financial wheeling and dealing. An undercover agent for British Intelligence uses a diamond mine in Vietnam--and herself--as bait to entrap an international businessman, suspected of assisting China's illegal trade in nuclear weapons.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Mistress of Justice
    Author: Deaver, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 18.95 ISBN: 0385423772 Date: 1992
    A young paralegal discovers secrets where she works damaging enough to smash careers and dangerous enough to push someone to commit murder. The sizzling world of a Wall Street law firm comes to life in an explosive thriller about greed, corruption and betrayal in a world where everything, including love, is for sale . . . if the price is right.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Set-Up
    Author: Erdman, Paul
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312151101 Date: 1997
    The exciting novel from the bestselling author of The Crash of '79 and The Panic of '89. When just-retired chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Charles Black finds himself framed for financial fraud while on a trip to Switzerland, the case against him seems ironclad. His wife is approached by someone who claims to be able to get Charlie off. The price: $3 million. But is this just another part of the frame-up?
  • Also: The Billion Dollar Sure Thing and The Palace
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Last Days of America
    Author: Erdman, Paul
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 13.95 ISBN: 0671242482 Date: 1981
    Political tensions flare along the iron curtain, and as panic spreads, the world's economic structure begins to crumble. Soon, international alliances deteriorate as the price of loyalty is measured in Swiss bank accounts--and murder. An explosive thriller from the author of The Panic of '89.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Zero Hour
    Author: Finder, Joseph
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25 ISBN: 0688144500 Date: 1996
    starPW starKirkus
    A fasten-your-seatbelt suspense thriller that recalls Eye of the Needle and Day of the Jackal, Finder's latest novel is packed with realism and riveting insider detail. When a digitally encrypted, ominous telephone call is intercepted by the NSA's spy satellites, FBI Special Agent Sarah Cahill is summoned to investigate an impending terrorist attack on lower Manhattan.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Paranoia
    Author: Finder, Joseph
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312319142 Date: 2004
    starLJ starPW
    From the critically acclaimed author of The Zero Hour and High Crimes comes an electrifying, original new novel. Adam Cassidy is a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime.
    Updated 12.15.03
  • Company Man
    Author: Finder, Joseph
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 03112319169 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Recent widower and CEO of the major company in a small town is trapped by a conspiracy to sell the company out from under him and to corner him on murder charges for the death of a man who was stalking his family.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • The Chairman
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 21.95 ISBN: 0345457609 Date: 2005
    A master of financial suspense returns with a gripping thriller of money and murder set in the perilous world of private equity--and his first continuing character.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Shadow Account
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345457587 Date: 2004
    Investment banker Conner Ashby is doing all right for himself--until he receives a wayward email and is plunged into a terrifying nightmare.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Silent Partner
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345443268 Date: 2003
    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of Trust Fund and The Day Trader comes a masterful new thriller of money, power, and murder--and of a new technology that allows banks to practice a deadly game of industrialized racism.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Day Trader
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345443241 Date: 2002
    The bestselling author of Trust Fund and The Insider returns with an electrifying new novel about a man willing to risk everything in a place where fortunes are made or lost with the touch of a button.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Trust Fund
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345428293 Date: 2001
    The bestselling author of The Insider returns with a fast-paced thriller about big money and tangled loyalties at the heart of an American financial and political dynasty. This is the tale of a family torn apart by its own ambition and the determination of one black sheep to make his own rules.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Insider
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345428277 Date: 1999
    Hungry to leave his dead-end banking job, Jay West lands a coveted position with a powerful investment firm, but soon suspects that his boss's stellar track record is more than the result of hard work or good luck.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Inner Sanctum
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525942068 Date: 1997
    A bold, complex thriller by the author of The Takeover and The Vulture Fund. A young IRS agent finds herself in the middle of a terrifying mystery when her boss dies suddenly during the investigation of a high-profile candidate for the Senate.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Vulture Fund
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525939865 Date: 1996
    A powerful new novel by the author of the New York Times business bestseller The Takeover. Alerted to irregularities in the buying patterns of a risky new inventment fund, Wall Street investment banker Mace McLain uses all his cunning and razor-shapr instincts to uncover a string of bizarre connections that hint at a huge conspiracy--a plot with roots in Washington politics and international terrorism.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Takeover
    Author: Frey, Stephen
    Publisher: Dutton $ 19.95 ISBN: 0525939857 Date: 1995
    The Firm meets Wall Street in this exceptionally taut, electrifying debut novel about the intersection of high finance and unlimited political power. Three seemingly unrelated incidents of violence signal the beginning of a terrifying scheme so entwined in financial, political, and environmental sabotage that it jeopardizes a presidential administration.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Bank of Fear
    Author: Ignatius, David
    Publisher: Morrow $ 20 ISBN: 0688131360 Date: 1994
    starKirkus
    From the author of the acclaimed Agents of Innocence comes an explosive international thriller that unveils the institutional terrorism of the Iraqi government. When Lina Alwan accidentally uncovers highly confidential information, she becomes the target of Iraqi thugs who think she knows how to access the late Iraqi ruler's billions.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Walls of Silence
    Author: Jolowicsz, Philip
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743428447 Date: 2002
    A crackling, character-driven business thriller, masterfully spun by a true-life legal titan of global finance, Walls of Silence follows a fast-rising lawyer through a treacherous international maze of preying power brokers and deadly conspiracies.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Single and Single
    Author: Le Carre, John
    Publisher: Scribner Price: $ 26 ISBN: 0684859262 Date: 1999
    starBooklist starKirkus
    The bestselling author of A Perfect Spy epitomizes and transcends the spy novel genre to present a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in Europe.
  • The Shadow Box
    Author: Maxim, John R.
    Publisher: Avon $ 23 ISBN: 0380973006 Date: 1996
    starPW
  • In a brief span of time, Michael Fallon's world collapses around him. His uncle and fiance are murdered, and he is fired from his prominent Wall Street investment firm. He realizes that someone very powerful has orchestrated his misfortunes--someone who'll stop at nothing until Michael himself has been silenced.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Millionaires
    Author: Meltzer, Brad
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446527297Date: 2002
    Two brothers at an exclusive bank are suddenly asking themselves "Who wants to be a millionaire?" when they opt to take some money from an abandoned account. In this thriller by the bestselling author of The First Counsel, the men find themselves with extra zeros in their pockets and a friend dead. How will they stay alive?
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Market Forces
    Author: Morgan, Richard K.
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 03454755749 Date: 2005
    From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels comes a stand-alone thriller set in a near-future world, where the classes are in direct conflict, media sets the rules, and war is just another commodity to be traded.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • A Calculated Risk
    Author: Neville, Katherine
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 20 ISBN: 0345351363 Date: 1992
    When financial executive Verity Banks' latest proposal is axed by her boss, she decides to show how easy it is to break through automated security, hide money, and then show senior management where it is. Then her former mentor, financial wizard, Dr. Zooltan Tor ups the ante, and dares her to steal a billion dollars, invest it to earn thirty million in three months, then put the original billion back before anyone notices. To heighten the challenge, Tor and Verity will compete against each other, though Tor gives Verity an edge: she can use a computer for her theft, but he cannot....
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Black Market
    Author: Patterson, James
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 17.95 ISBN: 0671610872 Date: 1986
    From the author of the #1 bestseller Along Came a Spider comes an explosive tale of terrorism on Wall Street. When an elite terrorist group marks Wall Street for destruction, a powerful anti-terrorist man/woman team races from Manhattan to Paris to the Oval Office to circumvent the plot.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Devil's Banker
    Author: Reich, Christopher
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25.95 ISBN: 0385337272 Date: 2003
    In this thriller by "the John Grisham of Wall Street" ("New York Times"), forensic accountant Adam Chapel investigates a frightening scenario where terrorism is big business and money is the ultimate weapon of war.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Numbered Account
    Author: Reich, Christopher
    Publisher: Delacorte Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385320175 Date: 1998
    starPW starKirkus
    In his explosive debut thriller, Christopher Reich tells the story of a young man willing to risk everything - his career, his integrity, and even his life - to hunt down his father's killer. Set in the secret labyrinthine world of Swiss banking, Numbered Accounts heralds the arrival of a tremendous new talent.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • The Velocity of Money
    Author: Rhodes, Stephen
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0688155383 Date: 1997
    When attorney Rick Hansen lands a plum job at the blue-chip global investment firm of Wolcott, Fulbright, he thinks he has it made--until he realizes that his predecessor's suicide was probably murder. Hansen soon uncovers his colleague's involvement in one of the biggest swindles in history. And as the "Black Friday" of the 1990s approaches, time is running out for Hansen to stop the market from crashing--and to save his own life.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • A Cast of Thousands
    Author: Shagan, Steve
    Publisher: Pocket $ 22 ISBN: 0671741322 Date: 1993
    Widely-acclaimed screenwriter, novelist and two-time Academy Award-nominee Steve Shagan presents a provocative, high-voltage thriller that takes the reader behind the scenes for a wicked and witty look at the powers and passions that make Hollywood run.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Death's Little Helpers
    Author: Spiegelman, Peter
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22.95 ISBN: 1400040795 Date: 2005
    starPW starLJ
    Spiegelman, winner of the 2004 Shamus Award for Best First Novel for Black Maps, returns along with private investigator John March for this follow-up. Hired to find a missing Wall Street analyst, March soon unearths a rat's nest of family strife, business betrayals, and deceptions.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 7.12.05
  • Black Maps
    Author: Spiegelman, Peter
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22.95 ISBN: 1400040752 Date: 2003
    starPW
    John March, a former cop now working as a PI in Manhattan, takes the case of Rick Pierro, a self-made man who has almost everything until he falls victim to a serial extortionist adept at psychological and physical intimidation.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Private Investigators
    Updated 7.28.03
  • Buddha Kiss
    Author: Tasker, Peter
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385485522 Date: 1997
    starPW
    A brilliant atmospheric financial thriller - written by a top British financial analyst based in Japan - that does for contemporary Tokyo what Gorky Park did for Moscow. Gritty, fast paced, filled with unique characters, and absolutely sizzling with the oddities and obsessions of Tokyo life, Buddha Kiss is a vivid journey into the complex heart of Japan.
  • Black Money
    Author: Thomas, Michael M.
    Publisher: Crown $ 16.95 ISBN: 0517595230 Date: 1994
    starPW
    Thomas returns to the subject of his bestselling first novel, Green Monday--the world of big money, power politics, and international crime--to create his most exciting thriller yet. On the invisible battlefield of shadowy electronic networks, an unlikely group of heroes confronts a global conspiracy.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Hanover Place
    Author: Thomas, Michael M.
    Publisher: Warner $ 19.95 ISBN: 044651330X Date: 1990
    Using his firsthand experience gained as curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as an investment banking partner of Lehman Brothers, Michael Thomas has created a rich, sweeping saga of a family investment firm as it weathers the economic highs and lows of the 20th century.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Hard Money
    Author: Thomas, Michael M.
    Publisher: Viking $ 17.95 ISBN: 0670531103 Date: 1985
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Some Else's Money
    Author: Thomas, Michael M.
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 14.95 ISBN: 0671433024 Date: 1982
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Green Monday
    Author: Thomas, Michael M.
    Publisher: Wyndham $ 12.95 ISBN: 0671610023 Date: 1980
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Money Harvest
    Author: Thomas, Ross
    Publisher: Morrow $ 8.95 ISBN: 0688029124 Date: 1975
    Here is Thomas's classic Edgar-nominated political thriller. Investigator and ladies' man Jake Pope is out to discover what shocking secret Crawdad Gilmore was planning to reveal before he was shot to death.
    Updated 8.8.05