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The Fear Index Hardcover – Oct 17 2011

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson (Oct. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091936969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091936969
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #366,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Fear Index could scarcely be more of the moment" The Times "In The Fear Index , the latest thriller by Robert Harris, now heading for the Christmas bestseller lists, a brainbox hedge fund manager with little in the way of interpersonal skills discovers that his computer-driven trading system has flown out of control and threatens to send the world's stock markets into a tailspin. Anyone familiar with Mary Shelley's Dr Frankenstein will recognise the genre of the oddball genius consumed by his own creation - populist fiction at its best." Spectator "I would recommend The Fear Index, the new novel by Robert Harris that delves into the world of modern finance. The writing is as elegant as ever" -- Lionel Barber Financial Times "Robert Harris is renowned for his historical novels, although his eighth offering, The Fear Index, could hardly be more contemporary and relevant ... Harris writes with a deceptively languid elegance, so that the novel straddles not only the crime and sci-fi genres but also that of literary fiction. A satisfying read on a number of levels, it is strongest as a character study of a man who discovers, pace Hemingway, the true meaning of the phrase "grace under pressure"." Irish Times "Robert Harris's eighth novel is a timely blockbuster of a thriller that takes the global financial meltdown as its backdrop, with nods to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein ... An assuredly intelligent and deftly-paced novel, the fear of the protagonist is increasingly palpable as he's buffeted by genuinely unexpected spine-chilling twists. Perhaps the greatest thriller writer around, Harris has delivered his best work yet. A modern classic." Irish Examiner

About the Author

ROBERT HARRIS is the author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost, all of which were international bestsellers. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. After graduating with a degree in English from Cambridge University, he worked as a reporter for the BBC's Panorama and Newsnight programmes, before becoming political editor of the Observer and subsequently a columnist on the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is married to Gill Hornby and they live with their four children in a village near Hungerford.

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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 16 2016
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before reading "The Fear Index", my only experience with Harris was "Pompeii" and "Fatherland". Both these novels offered an interesting and stimulating alternative view of world history which easily grabbed my imagination. Unfortunately, this one didn't because it lacked any effective context in which I could connect to time, space, and character, three critical ingredients in any well-written novel. One, the setting of Geneva as the place where Alex Hoffman helps set up a very successful, high-tech driven hedge fund could, in fact, be any major world city but for the fact that the massive secret Cern project lurks somewhere in the Alps, and that is where Harris' protagonist got his scientific training. Two, the sense of excessive fear that dogs Hoffman throughout the story seems to consist of psychological forces that are never really explained other than they are ultimately triggered by his very troubled mind. So what would make Hoffman feel uneasy about a life given to making money hand-over-fist through innovative hedge funding. All we learn about Hoffman's mental health is that he strongly believes he is under attack from assailants he can't identify - enemies lurking in the shadows ready to destroy his meteoric achievements. Three, only when we finally learn what makes Hoffman so obsessed and fearful, do we, then, begin to understand that a hidden part of the man is that he is truly married to technology on the grandest and scariest of scales. His company has developed an A.I. algorithm that is programmed to make trades at the most sophisticated level, barring any chance of failure. This seems to be the perfect solution for destroying the competition, one might think, except the fear factor only increases to now paranoid levels.Read more ›
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A fascinating adventure about a brilliant intellectual, a decent man, who has found a way to determine the motivations of those who invest. Lurking though, are those who would manipulate his capabilities to suit their own purpose of limitless wealth. A stunning psychological study of the nature of duplicity. Engaging from beginning to end.

Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
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Interesting. Explores the possibility of a rogue A.I. program. The plot is a bit long to put in place, but the third part of the book is really good.
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