Robert Harris The Fear Index

ISBN 13: 9780091936969

The Fear Index

3.4 avg rating
( 8,197 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780091936969: The Fear Index

A chilling contemporary thriller from Robert Harris set in the competitive world of high finance.

Dr Max Hoffman is a legend. A physicist once employed on the Large Hadron Collider, he now uses a revolutionary and highly secret system of computer algorithms to trade on the world's financial markets. None of his rivals is sure how he does it, but somehow Hoffman's hedge fund -- built around the standard measure of market volatility: the VIX or "Fear Index" -- generates astonishing returns for his investors.

Late one night, in his house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder disturbs Hoffman and his wife while they are asleep. This terrifying moment is the start of Robert Harris's new novel -- a story just as compelling and timely as his most recent contemporary thriller, The Ghost. Over the next 48 hours, as the markets edge towards another great crash, Hoffman's world disintegrates. But who is trying to destroy him?
From the Trade Paperback edition.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Christopher Reich Reviews The Fear Index

Is there a genre of fiction that Robert Harris has not mastered? His first novel, Fatherland, set in a triumphant Germany’s post-World War II Berlin (yes, triumphant!) ranks as one of the finest “what if?” stories ever written. Pompeii sends us farther back in time, to the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius only days before the volcano was set to erupt. Ancient Rome at its pulpiest. Who knew aqueducts could be so sexy? The Ghost Writer (winner of the 2008 International Thriller Writers award for Best Novel) claims the shadowy world of contemporary North Atlantic politics as its subject. Classy Brit espionage best enjoyed with a gin and tonic in hand. All were international bestsellers. All were page-turners non-pareil. But best, all were frighteningly intelligent. Thrillers that made you think as you maddeningly bit your nails.

With The Fear Index, Mr. Harris has turned his gimlet eye on the secret world of billion dollar hedge funds, namely those that seek to earn profits by computer driven program trading. The result is a wholly unique entertainment: a strange, compelling, and utterly propulsive novel. I’m not sure who would enjoy it more: George Soros, Arthur C. Clarke or Edgar Allen Poe.

The story takes place over a tumultuous twenty-four hour period in the life of Dr. Alexander Hoffmann, computer scientist, mathematical genius, and, of late, hedge fund billionaire. It begins (as a fine thriller should) on a dark and stormy night when Hoffmann is awoken by an intruder inside his sixty million dollar villa on the shores of Lake Geneva. A confrontation occurs, Hoffmann is injured, and in his attempt to solve just how someone was able to gain entry into his well-guarded palace, Hoffmann comes face to face with the greatest danger he can imagine: himself. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say: his intellect. To reveal more would ruin the adventure...and adventure it is.

There is, however, a backstory. Hoffmann was not always a stock trader. He began his career as a computer scientist at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) where his work in artificial intelligence involved modeling sophisticated algorithms that programmed computers to teach themselves. It is this mastery of algorithms, and how they train computers to mimic human behavior, that he has turned to such profitable use at Hoffmann Investment Technologies. And it is this mastery that will come to haunt him.

What Harris does so admirably--in my mind, better than any other writing today--is intertwine nifty, page turning plots with important historical, political, or in this case, sociological questions. The late Michael Crichton did this kind of story well. In The Fear Index, Robert Harris does it fantastically.

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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Harris, Robert
Published by Hutchinson (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091936969 ISBN 13: 9780091936969
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Pearlydewdrops
(Streat, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000055112

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.92
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Harris, Robert
Published by U.S.A.: Hutchinson (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091936969 ISBN 13: 9780091936969
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Mima Mia Books
(Boston, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description U.S.A.: Hutchinson, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 5601 Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 4025

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

HARRIS,ROBERT
Published by Hutchinson (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091936969 ISBN 13: 9780091936969
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 336 pages. 9.45x6.38x1.26 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0091936969

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.79
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Harris, Robert
Published by Hutchinson (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091936969 ISBN 13: 9780091936969
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091936969

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 44.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Robert Harris
Published by Hutchinson (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091936969 ISBN 13: 9780091936969
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091936969

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 56.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Harris, Robert
Published by Hutchinson
ISBN 10: 0091936969 ISBN 13: 9780091936969
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0091936969 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1035773

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Harris, Robert
Published by Hutchinson (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091936969 ISBN 13: 9780091936969
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 3
Seller
VJ Books
(Tualatin, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0091936969 Author Signed UK Hardcover Book. September 2011 LON: Hutchinson First UK edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover. Bookseller Inventory # HARFEAR05

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 71.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Harris, Robert
Published by Hutchinson (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091936969 ISBN 13: 9780091936969
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 1
Seller
welcombe books
(Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. A mint first printing in a likewise unclipped dust wrapper. This immaculate unread gift condition copy is SIGNED and Publication Day DATED 29.9.2011 by the author to the title page. Loose laid in is the dated promotional sampler which is also SIGNED by Robert Harris. BOXED DESPATCH: OVERSEAS AIR ONLY: PLEASE DO NOT SELECT SURFACE!. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16940412814

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 60.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 20.12
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds