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The Fear Index

'FEAR' FACTOR Harris' latest thriller dives deep into the world of hedge funds

'FEAR' FACTOR Harris' latest thriller dives deep into the world of hedge funds

B+

The Fear Index

Genre: Fiction; Author: Robert Harris; Publisher: Knopf

We fear what we do not understand. No wonder, then, that Robert Harris — whose last novel became the Roman Polanski thriller The Ghost Writer — has turned his Crichtonish gaze to the world of hedge funds in The Fear Index. Alex Hoffmann, an artificial-intelligence researcher-turned-hedge-fund billionaire, is attacked on the eve of a big investor meeting. Soon the algorithm driving his fund begins making outrageously risky bets. The mysteries begin to pile up — and to implicate Alex himself. Harris’ brisk, movie-ready yarn may make you reconsider your mattress as a retirement-fund option. B+

Originally posted January 27 2012 — 12:00 AM EST

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