Henry Crowne: Paying the Price – Book One
He is a secret IRA operative
He is one of the most successful City bankers in London
… then the 2008 Financial Crisis happens.
Nancy Wu, former eminent Queen’s Counsel, now prominent patron of the arts, receives the most unexpected call for help. Henry Crowne is accused of murder in a case that seems decided from the very beginning. His Irish background, financial terrorist connections and investment banking success inexorably tilt the scales against him. Nancy’s own lingering darker past calls for her to mount Henry’s defence but her client is the biggest obstacle. Will she manage to unpick the devious manipulations of a most twisted mind?
Collapse is the first book in the Henry Crowne: Paying the Price trilogy, a financial and espionage thriller. If you like The Big Short, The Fear Index and A Week in December you will enjoy the twists and turns of Freddie P Peters’ latest fast-paced thriller. Discover it now…
In this highly entertaining story about the 2008 financial collapse, the author interweaves political intrigue with a fascinating insight into the darker machinations of London finance in general. The characters are carefully drawn and exciting as all of them have richer inner-lives which are slowly revealed as the plot unfolds. The entire narrative is suffused with artistic references which provide an imaginative counter-point to the cut-throat pragmatism of the city. I loved this book!
Loved this book, a range of exciting and unique characters bringing the financial collapse alive with personal collapse and opportunities too.
Can’t wait to see what happens next to all of them!!
So impressed with this book, the story line is novel, interesting and brings the complexity that supports the realness of her characters. Racy without losing depth and leaves you wanting to know more not just of the future of the two main protagonists but their independent back story too. Looking forward to book no.2!
The characters were brilliantly portrayed, I never had to look up who was who. It was a real page turner. Impossible to put down. Can’t wait for the sequel.
A terribly gripping, exciting and realistic description of the high spheres of Finance, governed by humankind’s most basic instincts. There is a great variety of truly interesting characters in this book, which ends in the most surprising way. A wonderful page turner, can’t wait to read Freddie P Peters’ next!
I could not put this book down. The interplay of money , art and politics produced a super tension and made me turn the pages . Highly entertaining – I can’t wait for the second book and then the third !
Not only does it provide a real insight into the world of investment banking for the uninitiated reader but also delivers a real page-turner of a thriller whose central character is as slippery and ambivalent in his way as Ripley. The dark side of high finance has rarely seemed so compelling. The plotting is tight and the various simmering sub-plots will undoubtedly bubble over into the next two books of an intended trilogy.
If you like Frederick Forsyth or Ken Follett you’ll really love this book. It’s a cracking good read, a brilliant, fast moving and ever-changing plot with an ending….not telling you ! You’ve got to read it. You won’t be able to put it down. It’s the first of a trilogy. Roll on the next one.