A Fatal Debt: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 26, 2012 - Fiction - 288 pages
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This timely debut thriller by an award-winning Financial Times columnist is a gripping tale of lethal intrigue set in the high-stakes Wall Street world—where wealth and privilege are no match for jealousy and betrayal.
 
Ben Cowper, an attending psychiatrist at the prestigious New York–Episcopal Hospital, is stunned to learn the identity of the emergency patient he’s just been assigned to treat: Harry Shapiro, a Wall Street colossus and one of Episcopal’s most prominent donors. But a high-profile reversal of fortune has left the once powerful investment banker jobless, bitter, and possibly desperate—judging by the handgun his wife finds him clutching. In Ben’s expert opinion, Shapiro is a suicide waiting to happen. But when the headstrong financier balks at an extended stay in the hospital psych ward, Ben reluctantly releases him, bowing to political pressure from Episcopal’s chief administrator, who’s more concerned with the patient’s money than his mind.
 
Days later, the shocking news breaks: There’s been a shooting death in Harry Shapiro’s Hamptons mansion. But even more shocking is the identity of the victim. A tragedy sets in motion an explosive chain of events that turns Ben Cowper’s life upside-down.
 
As hard-nosed cops close in with harder questions, the hospital closes ranks to protect its own interests. But with colleagues freezing Ben out, innocent circumstances conspire to incriminate him. Hounded by a DA who’s out for blood, and haunted by the specter of a shattered career, Ben has no choice: He must delve into the hearts and minds of the people who know Harry best, uncover the secrets they’d rather die—or kill—to keep, and expose the truth behind a web of malice disguised as madness.
 

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In “A Fatal Debt,” Dr. Ben Cowper is a psychiatrist working in the Harold L and Nora Shapiro pavilion of Episcopal Hospital and is pulled into a world of financial and personal greed and power when a ... Read full review

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The crash of the Wall Street Market ushered in a new era of consciousness of the wrongdoings of those running the U.S. financial system. Fatal flaws came to light, and the American people demanded ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
17
Section 4
28
Section 5
37
Section 6
46
Section 7
55
Section 8
63
Section 17
149
Section 18
159
Section 19
169
Section 20
178
Section 21
187
Section 22
196
Section 23
206
Section 24
215

Section 9
69
Section 10
80
Section 11
89
Section 12
100
Section 13
112
Section 14
124
Section 15
133
Section 16
140
Section 25
224
Section 26
233
Section 27
241
Section 28
249
Section 29
260
Section 30
270
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About the author (2012)

John Gapper is chief business columnist and an associate editor of the Financial Times, based in New York. He also has a blog on which he comments on business news. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Exeter College, Oxford University, and won a Harkness Fellowship to study at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of All That Glitters, a book about the collapse of Barings Bank in 1995, and How to Be a Rogue Trader. A former New Yorker, he lives in London with his wife and two daughters.


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