The Fear Index We fear what we do not understand. No wonder, then, that Robert Harris — whose last novel became the Roman Polanski thriller The Ghost Writer… The Fear Index We fear what we do not understand. No wonder, then, that Robert Harris — whose last novel became the Roman Polanski thriller The Ghost Writer… 2012-01-31 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

The Fear Index (2012)

'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
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 31, 2012; Writer: Robert Harris; Genre: Fiction; 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 Jan 25, 2012 Published in issue #1192-1193 Feb 03, 2012 Order article reprints
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