Friday, February 24, 2012

The Darlings by Cristina Alger

At the height of the financial crisis of 2008, after losing his job, lawyer Paul Ross takes a position at his billionaire father-in-law's hedge fund firm, Delphic. Paul, while not from a privileged background, has become used to the Darlings' way of life—expensive clothes and weekends in the Hamptons. He also has a very solid marriage with his wife, Merrill, the daughter of Carter and Inez Darling. When Morty Reis, who managed a majority of Delphic's assets for many years, is presumed dead after jumping off the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Darling family is plunged into scandal and possible prosecution. The novel follows the Darlings, their lawyers, SEC employees, and journalists as the story plays out over the Thanksgiving weekend. But at the center, is Paul, who has to decide whether to stick with his father-in-law or go it alone. The Darlings is a compulsively readable novel with interesting characters and an insider's view of the financial crisis. Really, really, good...

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