Warren Hament is a bright young man who wanders into a career in finance in the early 1980s. Nothing Personal is the extraordinary story of his rapid ascent toward success, painted against a landscape of temptation and personal discovery. Introduced to the seductive, elite bastions of wealth and privilege, and joined by his gorgeous and ambitious girlfriend, he gets a career boost when his mentor is found dead.
Warren soon finds himself at the center of two murder investigations as a crime spree seemingly focused on powerful finance wizards plagues Wall Street. The blood-soaked trail leads to vast wealth and limitless risk as Warren uncovers unexpected opportunity and unknown dangers at every turn and must face moral dilemmas for which he is wholly unprepared.
Nothing Personal is a stellar debut novel, which follows an increasingly jaded protagonist as he comes of age in a rarified, deeply corrupt world. Offit, a former senior insider, unflinchingly divulges Wall Street’s culture of abuse and portrays the insidious, creeping forces of greed, sex, and power---and the terrible price paid in their thrall.
Praise for Nothing Personal
“Offit’s familiarity with the characters, language and investment products allows him to deftly tell a coming-of-age story that will appeal to financial wizards and investment neophytes alike. An entertaining, well-developed work of Wall Street fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A heart-pounding murder mystery that explains white-collar crimes much better than The Wolf of Wall Street does…”
—Richard Johnson, The New York Post
“Michael Offit offers a colorful insight into how the big money is made—and/or taken—on Wall Street. Nothing Personal will hold your attention whether you are in finance or not. A riveting story.”
—Donald J. Trump
“In Nothing Personal, former Wall Street trader Mike Offit has captured lightning in a bottle. Simply put, you won't be able to put down this thrilling must-read story about what happens when high-stakes finance meets murder, mayhem and true love.”
—William D. Cohan, New York Times bestselling author of House of Cards and Money and Power
“Nothing Personal is a riveting look inside the big money games of Wall Street. Mike Offit’s insider knowledge and flair for the dramatic make this a book you won’t put down.”
—Norb Vonnegut, New York Times acclaimed author of The Trust
“That Nothing Personal is recognizable as a big money murder story nearly disguises the fact that it is also a carefully written, deftly designed novel of education. The rise, tottering and eventual steadying of Warren Hament occurs in the overheated underworld of Wall Street. But Hament's dark adventure is that of any young American trying to find his place in the world, and in his self-judgment. This is Mike Offit's first novel—an impressive achievement, out of the box.”
—Roger Rosenblatt, national bestselling author
“It isn’t often that tour de force springs to mind when I read a first novel. The words sum up Nothing Personal for me. This is the debut of a really talented social critic, who takes readers into the hidden worlds of Wall Street and the very rich, with electrifying literary results.”
—Thomas Fleming, author of A Disease In The Public Mind
“A fascinating look at how Wall Street justifies its crimes.”
—Susan Hasler, former CIA counterterrorism analyst and author of Intelligence