Search Results: "Stephen Frey"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SUCCESSOR by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"A noisy thriller featuring a lot of evil-minded Republicans and money clanking in pockets."
Another nearly thrilling tale starring Wall Street buyout guru Christian Gillette (The Protégé, 2005), by former financial chief Frey. Read full book review >

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SILENT PARTNER by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Turgid megamoneymelodrama."
A spunky bank V.P. signs on with a semi-trillionaire to fight the evilest moneymen in Richmond, Virginia. Read full book review >

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THE DAY TRADER by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Frey toys with a satisfyingly downbeat wrap-up based on fate and character à la James M. Cain, but then, alas, opts for a melodramatic unraveling. Someday yet he'll take the plunge."
Once underway, a gripping thriller about online investing and trading, by a master of financial skullduggery (Trust Fund, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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TRUST FUND by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"The pasteboard characters don't torpedo Frey's labyrinthine plot, but the clunky writing does. Better wait for the inevitable TV movie, where you can enjoy the spectacle of up-and-coming performers trying to sell zingers like 'He fools everyone with his charm, but he's evil.'"
A moneyed, dysfunctional, power-mad American family is pitted against an even direr plot to peek into the darkest recesses of every American closet. Read full book review >

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THE PROTÉGÉ by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"A series character shapes up and even shows a bit of humanity."
Frey's skillful, crowded novel revisits Christian Gillette's high-stakes investment firm, Everest Capital, amid in-house treachery and mafia blackmail. Read full book review >

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THE INNER SANCTUM by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1997

"Lively, but there's precious little but trite plights and clichÇd characters behind this creaking door. (First printing of 125,000)"
A plucky young woman from the IRS takes on a sinister military/industrial cabal, in yet another implausible offering from Frey, who this time comes close to recycling his villains in last year's The Vulture Fund. Read full book review >

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THE VULTURE FUND by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1996

"A lone upright bull takes on lowlife bears and power-mad politicos in a paranoid fantasy almost totally devoid of pace or suspense. (First printing of 150,000; author tour)"
Wall Street and Washington baddies plot—ploddingly—against the public interest in another lurid shocker from investment banker Frey (The Takeover, 1995). Read full book review >

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THE CHAIRMAN by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2005

"Between murderous power shifts, the novel's repeated operative phrase is How does it work?—followed by endless financial analyis and talk, talk, talk."
Whatcha gonna do when you come out of church, having just eulogized your late boss at his funeral, and your limousine blows up in your face? And it's only page three of a novel you're Chairman of? Read full book review >

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THE LEGACY by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Inept storytelling, overheated action."
Cluttered, clumsy plot-boiler about a marginally sleazy but good-looking investment banker who's dubiously blessed with a Zapruder-style video of the Kennedy assassination that shows a second gunman. Read full book review >

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THE TAKEOVER by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The bottom line: standard and poor. (First printing of 200,000; film rights to Paramount; Book-of-the-Month Club featured alternate; $125,000 ad/promo)"
For all the advance hype, investment banker Frey's first novel, an over-the-top Wall Street/Washington thriller that's less imaginative than paranoid, falls far short of blue-chip, let alone blockbuster, status. Read full book review >

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SHADOW ACCOUNT by Stephen Frey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Plotting that swings from absurd to soapy, pasteboard people, and pedestrian prose: it's enough to give conspiracy a bad name."
Money-melodrama in which characters join conspiracies the way they once pledged fraternities. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND LEONARD by James Frey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2005

"A small fortune could be made by bottling this story and selling it as an antidote to self-pity. Frey will have to settle for the small fortune it will make in big sales."
A story of post-rehab, post-prison that's about as comforting as a sawn-off shotgun with a dark angel in attendance. Read full book review >