A wry insider's view of stock fraud, corporate raiders, genteel brokerage houses, and Wall Street ethics. Young, upright Ben McCarthy is suddenly in big trouble when his senior partner, the fiscally prudent Jack Canning, disappears; their offices are burglarized; and all of the firm's assets are suddenly diverted to buy up stock in Dorchester Millinery--a questionable risk. Then Jack's postcard from the Bahamas arrives saying: Never trust a friend. While trying to keep business afloat during an SEC investigation and client defections, Ben and his uncle-in-law Gil are helped (and hindered) by curious goings-on with a stock called Trionix; Jack's good friend, the reputable George Finn; and irascible raider Lance Grendal (in his tax-free lair). When Jack's body is found and a friend of his is stabbed, Ben finds he must outmaneuver a champion stock-gamesman to catch the killer. Breathtakingly plausible, both in its Wall Street manipulations and in its emotional center. A trenchant, sly first novel--and cerebral fun throughout.