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The Chairman: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Dec 27 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (Dec 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345457617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345457615
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #573,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Diminished by dull prose, but distinguished by colorful, well-drawn characters and an arresting, labyrinthine plot, this 10th novel by Frey (after Silent Partner) illuminates the machinations of big business and high finance. Frey introduces Christian Gillette, who will be a continuing character in this inaugural volume of a projected series. As 36-year-old Gillette walks out of a Park Avenue church after delivering the eulogy following the suspicious "accidental" drowning of the late chairman of Everest Capital, he is nearly killed when a firebomb obliterates his waiting limo. Undaunted, newly elected chairman Gillette steps into another car and carries on with his planning: he's determined to make the company's new equity fund, Everest Eight, the biggest in the history of private equity and to eliminate his competition within the firm. Corporate chicanery, boardroom sex and backstabbing abound, and conspiracies proliferate, as Gillette enters into a deal with the chief of a mega-insurance company to increase Everest Eight's capital to $15 billion in a bold attempt to surpass rival Paul Strazzi at Apex Equity and become the nation's dominant private equity firm. Sadly, a perfunctory denouement does no justice to the clever plot. Agent, Cynthia Manson. (Mar. 29)
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After the chairman of Everest Capital dies and private-fund manager Christian Gillette is elected successor, Gillette finds himself wielding previously unimagined power and exposed to equally unimagined danger (he barely averts being assassinated when his limo explodes). He doesn't mind wielding his might, first by firing one of the managing partners, then by snubbing a U.S. senator; however, accumulating enemies does not stop Gillette from planning the biggest venture fund in history. Frey does not characterize Gillette as a purely evil money-grubber; he is also shown to have a weakness for the downtrodden and gives generously to many needy families--even going so far as to buy them homes and establish trust funds for their children. Frey tries a bit too hard with this fast-paced financial thriller, and his plot contains a few glaringly implausible scenarios--would billionaire Gillette really frequent pool halls in seedy neighborhoods just to win $5,000? This is Frey's first series so perhaps the next Gillette venture will be a bit smoother. Mary Frances Wilkens
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By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 4 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book isn't even entertaining, and considering that's its purpose for existing, that means you should give it a pass. It has something to do with how big money managers supposedly act and there's some absurd murder mystery going on. Read it if you must.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting story about high finance private equity firms Aug. 7 2016
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Kept me on the edge of my seat. However, I really, really hated almost all of the characters. There was not a likable person in the book - not even the hero.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Frey June 30 2006
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Christian Gillette,just 36, is promoted by a narrow vote to be The Chairman of Everest Capital, a premier private equity firm in New York City following the untimely death of his predecessor. Lot's of excitement comes from the plot. Including parts played by some of his former colleagues who had been managing partners in the firm,a U.S. Senator with Presidential ambitions,a chief investment officer of the country's largest insurance company, two brothers ex FBI agents offering worldwide security services and a competitor from another large equity firm. Did the former chairman die of natural causes? Who was attempting to murder Christian Gillette and why? You'll find out as you quickly turn these pages.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read on the financial markets.... June 30 2016
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The author is well versed in the ways of the financial markets. Good read for those that delete in the shadowy world of high finance. Recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Verrrry interesting!!! July 25 2016
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A very good read, fast paced, complicated to keep you guessing but simple enough to satisfy you in the end.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 4 2016
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good story, it kept my interest throughout the book.