Crash

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Tom Doherty Associates, Apr 28, 2020 - Fiction - 352 pages

The second Great Depression is coming. The world’s economies are groaning under too much debt. If one thing goes wrong, the entire rickety system collapses.

Now, acclaimed award-winning New York Times bestselling novelist David Hagberg and renowned financial reporter Lawrence Light have combined forces to dramatize—hour by hour—how this all-too-real catastrophe could go down in Crash.

With debt-burdened governments and businesses worldwide about to go bust, a cabal of Wall Street big shots plot to destroy the globe’s stock exchanges. To provide that one thing that goes wrong. In 24 hours, a powerful computer worm will smash the exchanges and spark an international panic, pushing a debt-laden world into the abyss. The Wall Street gang’s investment bank will be the last one standing, able to make a killing amid the ruins.

But one person, who works for their bank as a computer expert, spots the worm embedded deep in its network. Cassy Levin invents a program to destroy the cyber-intruder. Angered by Cassy’s discovery, her bosses order her kidnapping.

Her boyfriend, a former Navy SEAL, is alarmed at Cassy’s disappearance and unravels the plot. Ben Whalen only has until the next morning to save the woman he loves and prevent the economic apocalypse.

This story is based on the genuine threat posed by towering debt, which will make the 2008 financial crisis look puny.

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This financial thriller from bestseller Hagberg (the Kirk McGarvey series) and financial journalist Light, a sometimes uneasy mix of Wall Street business and hard core action, presents a frightening ... Read full review

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A very odd thing, the jacket description gives four or five plot details that NEVER happen in the book. There were no economic sanctions against China; Chineses hackers did not shut down East Coast power grid; mercenary hit teams did not assassinate Wall Street bankers or US Treasury Secretary.

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David Hagberg (1947-2019) was a New York Times bestselling author who published numerous novels of suspense, including his bestselling thrillers featuring former CIA director Kirk McGarvey, which include Abyss, The Cabal, The Expediter, and Allah’s Scorpion. He earned a nomination for the American Book Award, three nominations for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award and three Mystery Scene Best American Mystery awards. He spent more than thirty years researching and studying US-Soviet relations during the Cold War. Hagberg joined the Air Force out of high school, and during the height of the Cold War, he served as an Air Force cryptographer.

Lawrence Light is an award-winning financial journalist who now works as an editor and writer for CBS Moneywatch. Previously, he has served as: editor-in-chief of investing site AdviceIQ.com; investing editor of the Wall Street Journal; finance editor of Forbes and Money; and the corporate finance reporter for Business Week, where he won the National Magazine Award. He started his news career as a police reporter at the Long Island daily Newsday, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Light is also the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, where he now serves as treasurer and a national board member. He has been an Edgar judge several times, and most recently served as chief judge for PBOs. His short stories have appeared in numerous outlets, such as Wall Street Noir, Thriller 2, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

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