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In the world of high finance, it's all about risk and return. With big risks come big rewards . . . and even bigger dangers. And no one knows this better than Stephen Frey. From the New York Times...
In the world of high finance, it's all about risk and return. With big risks come big rewards . . . and even bigger dangers. And no one knows this better than Stephen Frey. From the New York Times...
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  • In the world of high finance, it's all about risk and return. With big risks come big rewards . . . and even bigger dangers. And no one knows this better than Stephen Frey. From the New York Times bestselling author of Trust Fund and The Day Trader comes an electrifying new thriller of money, mayhem, and murder.

    Angela Day has survived a rough past--from a hard-scrabble childhood scarred by the tragic deaths of her father and best friend, to losing custody of her only child to her adulterous ex-husband and his powerful family. But despite it all, at thirty-one, she's carved out a good career with Sumter Bank one of Richmond, Virginia's most venerable institutions. And now, summoned under mysterious circumstances to meet one of the world's richest entrepreneurs, it looks as if Angela may be on the threshold of a brighter future.

    "If you help me, I'll help you." This is Jake Lawrence's offer to Angela. A stock-holder in Sumter Bank, the reclusive multibillionaire is planning a takeover of a hot, new company--and he wants Angela to apply her considerable skills and charms to make sure it all goes smoothly . . . and secretly. In exchange, Lawrence promises to use his formidable influence to permanently reunite Angela with her son.

    For Angela, it's the one reward for which she would risk everything. And accepting Jake Lawrence's deal will mean doing just that, as his mind-boggling wealth and power come with the ultimate price tag: enemies everywhere have marked him for death. And anyone close to him is fair game.

    Now, as Angela prepares to broker the deal of her career, she's stalked by foes on every front. Then, after stumbling on evidence of an insidious conspiracy within her own company, she becomes a target for termination. Armed with the most volatile kind of inside information, Angela has the power to bring the dirtiest players down from the highest places. But they have the power to strike first--at the one thing most precious to Angela.

    Silent Partner reaffirms Stephen Frey's reputation as a master of page-turning suspense in the world of big-money movers and shakers--where everyone has a price, and there's more than one way to make a killing.

    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Chapter Two Risk versus return. What can be lost versus what can be gained. The essence of every critical decision. Invest in those dependable Treasury bonds yielding a slim but certain return, or throw caution to the wind and snap up shares of the high-tech start-up that could become next week's billion-dollar headline--or, just as easily, a bankrupt memory. Marry the safe, stable person your parents adore, or run away with the lover who ignites body and soul with a single glance--but lives only in the moment. Risk versus return. A simple concept that often imposes difficult choices. And, sometimes, terrible consequences.

    Angela Day had chosen well in her business career. It was in her personal life where accepting the risks had proven catastrophic.

    Until a few minutes ago the four-hour flight from Virginia had been silky smooth. Zero chop in the dark winter sky, which came as a relief because Angela hated to fly. So many times she'd heard the catchy stat about planes being safer than cars--usually from amused colleagues sitting beside her when she made the sign of the cross over her heart as the aircraft began to roll forward on takeoff. But as the Gulfstream V banked hard left on its final approach into Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and hurtled through a nasty air pocket, the statistical crutch disintegrated--just as it always did.

    "Get this thing on the ground," she whispered, her fingernails digging into the arms of the plush leather seat, her stomach starting to churn. "Now."

    On the way west a uniformed steward had attended to her every want, serving a delicious crab imperial dinner an hour into the flight and constantly topping off her crystal glass with a dry Chardonnay. She was accustomed to commercial aircraft and economy class, accustomed to flat Coke in plastic cups, stale pretzels, and uncomfortable seats beside infants who screamed at any change in air pressure. So, being the only passenger on a private jet as lavish as a five-star hotel suite was a welcome change, even if the luxury was a one-time-only offer made available for some as-yet-unexplained reason by a reclusive billionaire she'd only read about in the press.

    But the pleasurable experience had been ruined somewhere over South Dakota, when one of the pilots had sauntered back to let her know in his gravelly, Chuck Yeager monotone that the landing might get a little dicey. A winter storm had blown in to northwest Wyoming a few hours ahead of schedule, and he wanted to make certain she was buckled in securely. He chuckled at her suggestion that he make a U-turn and beeline it back to the East Coast, then told her he'd see her on the ground. Hopefully in one piece, she thought. She tried to convince herself that "a little dicey" wasn't pilot-speak for "imminent disaster." Suddenly she missed economy class and its screaming infants. She glanced out the small window beside her into total darkness. Probably the side of some mountain we're about to slam into, she figured grimly.

    Then the plane's two engines powered up, landing lights flashed on, and she was hurtling through a wall of white. "Oh, God," she murmured, digging her fingernails even deeper into the leather. A moment later, eerie blue lights appeared through the thick clouds and a snow-covered runway rose up to meet the aircraft. A hard bounce, a softer one, a deafening roar and they were taxiing through a blizzard, apparently under control. She let out an audible sigh.

    "Welcome to Wyoming, Ms. Day. I hope you enjoyed the flight."

    Angela looked up into the smiling face of the clean-cut attendant who had appeared from a door at the back of the cabin. "Thank you." She thought about telling him the...
About the Author-
  • Stephen Frey is a principal at a Northern Virginia private equity firm. He previously worked in mergers and acquisitions at J. P. Morgan and as a vice president of corporate finance at an international bank in Midtown Manhattan. Frey is also the bestselling author of The Takeover, The Vulture Fund, The Inner Sanctum, The Legacy, The Insider, Trust Fund, and The Day Trader.


    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Los Angeles Times Book Review "FAST-MOVING, ZESTFUL, STIRRING . . . FULL OF TWISTS AND SURPRISES . . . COMPELLING CHARACTERS."
  • New York Daily News "DANGER AND DECEPTION DOMINATE . . . A worthy counterpart to Frey's previous bestselling novels."
  • Orlando Sentinel "SPRINGS PLENTY OF SURPRISES . . . In Silent Partner, the villains are seldom what they seem--nor are the heroes."
  • BookStreet USA "Plenty of sexual intrigue, violence, and villainy . . . [Frey is] to be lauded for spotlighting the prickly issue of corporate racism. Silent Partner is a solid piece of work that hits all its marks right on cue."
  • Deseret News (Salt Lake City) "A briskly written, suspense-filled novel that Grisham-lovers are bound to enjoy."
  • Romantic Times "[A] quick page-turner . . . Thriller fans will find it hard to resist."
  • American Way "A sharp tale of risk and return."
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