Meltdown

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 4, 2008 - Fiction
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Samuel Spendlove, one of the brightest young academics at Oxford, has given it all up to work undercover for William Barton, owner of a massive media empire. His reasons are complicated, but he’s finding he gets a thrill out of working for Khan, the legendary market trader, working out of the Paris office of Ropner’s Bank, whose dealings have been known to bring nations to their knees. Barton wants information about Khan. He wants revenge over a man who has bested him once. Spendlove assumes he wants to ensure it is only the once... Spendlove enjoys both sides of this game, until it all unravels and he finds himself simultaneously accused of almost bringing down the global economy and of the murder of Kaz Day, a glamorous colleague on the trading floor. He goes into hiding in the surreal and dangerous world of underground Paris chased by the police, by Khan, the bank and William Barton... and helped by Kaz's bi-curious lover, Lauren. But who framed him and why?

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I like to think that I will give any book in any genre a fair chance and thrillers are a style of book I particularly enjoy. The story should be compelling but not too technical, the main character ... Read full review

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This book wasn't too bad, but it could have been a lot better. There were little things such as the main characters surname 'Samuel Spendlove' which I found corny. Perhaps it's a more common name in ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Martin Baker is an author and journalist. He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, the Telegraph on-line and the Observe r and is travel editor-at-large for Square Mile magazine. He was the first investment editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris from 1990 to 1997 and has worked for the Independent, The Times and LBC Radio and has made a number of films for BBC Television. Awards for his journalism include the Citicorp Grand Prize for Excellence in 1998. As an author he has published a number of books, including the business bestseller A Fool And His Money (1997).

Before entering journalism, Martin qualified as a solicitor and read law at Brasenose College, Oxford. He is married to the financier, Nicola Horlick. Together, they have eight children from previous marriages.

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