Trust Me, I'm a Banker

A Novel

David Charters

Thomas Dunne Books

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In the tradition of American Psycho comes this hilariously cynical and often-brutal novel skewering the world of investment banking, set in the heart of London high finance

Meet Dave Hart, just your typical investment banker. It’s not long until Bonus Day, the most important day of the year, and anything less than a million pounds would be an insult. After all, Dave has to buy a new car, a new Rolex for his wife, and a second home in the country. Not to mention support a few personal habits, legal or otherwise, that gentlemen bankers don’t discuss in public. Unfortunately, a million really isn’t what it used to be, and no one else seems to value Dave as much as he knows he’s worth. Luckily, competence and charm have never been accurate barometers for success in high finance, and Dave just might be able to weasel and blunder his way to the top.

Extremely funny and razor-sharp, Trust Me, I’m a Banker is the tale of one man’s quest for outrageous compensation and alpha status in a world where pitiless ambition, insecurity, and moral ambiguity are second nature and glitter is far more important than gold. This flawless social satire is a highly enjoyable voyeuristic glimpse into our modern culture of narcissism, materialism, and bottomless greed.

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Trust Me, I'm a Banker
PART IILAST NIGHT I killed my boss. It was the second time this week, only this time it was much worse. He was sitting at his desk in his big, glass-sided, corner office, looking out at the trading floor with its hundreds of identical workstations, the computer screens, the phones, and us, the worker bees who feed the machine. Looking at us, as we stayed late in the run-up to the annual bonus round, putting in face time to look good, keeping busy, trying to persuade him how essential we all were. Well, I'd had enough. I wasn't essential anymore - at least I didn't feel

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“Fast and furious with enough laughs to keep you from worrying if what Mr. Charters says is actually true.” —Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Betrayal, Rules of Vengeance, and Rules of Deception

“Dave Hart is one of the great comic creations of the twenty-first century.” —Michael Ridpath, author of Trading Reality, The Market Maker, and Final Venture

“The dialogue rings most true at its most outrageous.” —Financial News (UK)


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About the Author

David Charters

David Charters is a former diplomat and investment banker, who left the City after twelve years of working on many of the largest international flotations and privatizations, first as director of S. G. Warburg Securities, then as managing director at Deutsche Bank, and finally an independent practitioner.

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Trust Me, I'm a Banker
A Novel
David Charters

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312604370
ISBN10: 0312604378
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$26.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250015198
ISBN10: 1250015197
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$7.99
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