Money managers are famous for not being able to leave their work at the office, and with the publication of "Human Capital," they won't have to.
Author Stephen Amidon has captured the world of hedge fund managers, from their opulent offices to their very private lives in the moneyed suburbs of Connecticut in a novel that will help money managers and their clients alike wile away airport waiting time or occupy morning train commutes.
Genius hedge fund manager Quint Manning is the linchpin of the novel, which is set in the spring of 2001. Quint befriends has-been real estate broker Drew Hagel and convinces him to invest in his hedge fund, promising his desperate neighbor 44% returns. As the market begins to tumble, so do the returns of Quint's hedge fund, along with the lives of characters who directly or indirectly depend on it for their survival.
Among the glowing tributes to the book, Stewart O'Nan (author of "The Speed Queen") said: "Human Capital turns over the rock of Nasdaq affluence and lets us see the squirmy things underneath. Stephen Amidon's plot full of secrets reveals his garden-green Stepford suburb as an ethical desert, his characters driven and ultimately damned by their selfishness. An entertaining, scathing, very American fable."
The novel, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is available in hard cover at bookstores and on the Internet at