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Title:
The deadly trade : a novel
Author:
Morris, Kenneth M.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Baltimore, Md. : Bancroft Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
373 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781890862350
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Book

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What would happen if a respected American corporation agreed to develop chemical warfare on behalf of an anonymous client who turned out to be enemy terrorists? That's the central question in Morris' second novel, which blends high-end finance with international intrigue. At the centre of it all is Tim Mack, a trader who left a New York firm to begin anew in San Diego. Just as his life is starting to feel on track again, his new firm suffers a monumental blow when the research lab of a key client explodes, apparently exposing survivors and clean-up crew to a mysterious virus. San Diego detective Bob Moore senses there's more behind the explosion than a mere lab accident, and he and Tim unite to try to unravel the mystery.


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Booklist Review

What would happen if a respected American corporation agreed to develop chemical warfare on behalf of an anonymous client who turned out to be enemy terrorists? That's the central question in Morris' second novel, following Man in the Middle BKL Ap 1 03, which blends high-end finance with international intrigue. At the center of it all is Tim Mack, a trader who left a New York firm to begin anew in San Diego.ust as his life is starting to feel on track again, his new firm suffers a monumental blow when the research lab of a key client explodes, apparently exposing survivors and clean-up crew to a mysterious virus. San Diego detective Bob Moore senses there's more behind the explosion than a mere lab accident, and he and Tim unite to try to unravel the mystery. Though Morris' reach exceeds his grasp just a bit here--the international intrigue tends to overwhelm the financial thriller--he is still a first-rate storyteller, and if this one isn't quite as tight as his debut, it still generates plenty of narrative steam. --Mary Frances Wilkens Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In his second outing, Morris sticks with the same setup he devised for last year's popular Man in the Middle-innocent financial analyst drawn into his own company's evil web-yet does so with addictive verve. The hero here is Tim Mack, a recent widower whose wife and young son were killed in a car crash in New York City. The tragedy persuaded Mack to leave the pressures of Wall Street and flee to San Diego, where he now works in a lower-stress job, analyzing biotech stocks for a small investment banking house. Mack's troubles start when the headquarters of one of his employer's clients, Isotopic Research, is reduced to rubble in a mysterious explosion. In trying to advise investors about Isotopic's prospects, Mack pieces together a disturbing story: Isotopic and several of his employer's other clients appear to have abandoned their original missions and now serve as testing stations for sophisticated bio-warfare weapons, such as advanced strains of anthrax and sarin gas. Mack, along with his trading partner and love interest, Betsy O'Brien, find not only their jobs but their lives at risk as they try to determine who's funding the research and, more important, who's buying the weapons. Morris, a former Wall Street trader, steers his plot down a formulaic path, capping it off with a suitably nerve-wracking finale. Although the writing and characterizations are workmanlike at best, Morris's deft handling of pacing and compelling research into bio-weapons make his sophomore effort highly readable. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

A former Wall Street executive, Morris here continues in the same vein as his first financial thriller, Man in the Middle. In San Diego, the police find three abandoned bodies covered with diseased sores. Shortly thereafter, a local biotechnology company's laboratory explodes. Working for a financial firm involved with the biotechnology company, analyst Mack becomes involved in an investigation of the disaster and soon learns that the company scientists were working on a highly toxic disease in cahoots with a terrorist organization. Morris adds a financial twist to the novel's obvious topical relevance. He works hard to make the details clear but doesn't bog the novel down with needless explanation. Recommended for larger popular fiction collections.-Joel W. Tscherne, Cleveland P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.