The Crash: Signed Edition (Hardback)Robert Peston (author)
Mixing fact and fiction to page-turning effect, the second thriller from the popular journalist and broadcaster pitches an ambitious BBC hack into a deadly conspiracy against the background of the global credit crunch.
As the world falls apart, a deadly conspiracy comes together.
It's summer in the City: the economy is booming, profits are up and the stock market sits near record highs. But journalist Gil Peck is a lone voice worrying it can't last. Deep in the plumbing of the financial system, he has noticed strange things happening which could threaten the whole economy. But nobody wants to hear it: not the politicians taking credit for an end to boom and bust, not the bankers pocketing vast bonuses, not even Gil's bosses at the BBC, who think it's irrelevant.
When Gil gets a tip-off that a small northern bank has run out of money, everything changes. His report sparks the first run on a UK bank in 140 years. The next day, Marilyn Krol, a director of the Bank of England dies in an apparent suicide.
For Gil, it's personal. Marilyn was his lover: was his scoop connected to her suicide? Or is there something more sinister in her death? Gil is determined to find out. The more he investigates, the more he is drawn into the rotten heart of the financial system, where old school ties and secret Oxbridge societies lubricate vast and illegal conflicts of interest. The whole economy has been built on a house of cards, and Gil is threatening to bring it down.
When simply reporting the facts can make or break fortunes, Gil has to ask himself: is he crossing the line between journalist and participant? Are his own conflicts of interest making him reckless? And in a world ruled by greed where nothing and no-one is too big to fail, what price will he pay for uncovering the truth?
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
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“A good read”
I really enjoyed The Whistleblower so I was keen to read The Crash and it didn’t disappoint. It was interesting to see how the book followed real events and the crash of the subprime market and all the after effects.... More
Absolutely gripped by Robert Peston’s second novel with his journalist protagonist Gil Peck. Still seeking to avenge his sister’s murder, this time the setting is the 2007 financial crash. How much of it is... More
“Fiction or Fact? Decide for yourslef.”
My thanks to Robert and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in advance of the publication date.
This is a rollercoaster of a story. Early in the book, there is an explanation of the Subprime mortgage market... More
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