Former investment banker Campbell peppers her debut novel with dense financial industry jargon in this study of a woman at a crossroads in life.
Geri holds the key to one of the world’s most enigmatic men, Felix Mann, an economic hedge fund manager with very deep pockets and an odd attachment to the London-based woman. In addition to her capability to grasp and solve mathematical equations in the blink of an eye and an intuitive talent for handling a tricky character like Felix, Geri’s also ensconced in a male-dominated universe. Geri is currently suffering the recent loss of the man she loves. When Stephen walked out on her, Geri fell apart, but she still maintains an outward cool. Only her close friend, Zanna, can pierce the armor she wears to ward off both the pity and curiosity of her fellow players in the financial world. Then comes the offer, more of a demand really, from Felix, who wants her to relocate from London to Hong Kong, where he lives and operates. When Geri met him for the first time, Felix amused himself by having her solve complex mathematical problems and then seeing how far she would go when presented with unappealing and distinctly non-British table delicacies, such as turtle blood. Now she must decide whether or not she will relocate. Those unfamiliar with and/or uninterested in the stock market will find the first part of the book tough slogging, but readers who manage to stick around may find the unexpected ending worth the effort.
Campbell’s story, interwoven with the outbreak of the Gulf War, excels when she concentrates on the little details that make her characters interesting.