Tarnished Copper: Greed and Corruption in the Financial Markets Paperback – 2 Aug 2002
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... a thought-provoking take on how a scam could take place on the London Metal Exchange copper market. -- OsterDowJones, by Andrea Hotter, August 2002
... an intriguing novel... a bunch of operators on the London Metal Exchange who conspire with a trusted Japanese trader. -- The Birmingham Post, by Nevill Boyd Maunsell, December 2002
Tarnished Copper is a story of greed, deception and corruption in one of the most volatile of financial markets. The author, Geoffrey Sambrook, brings an insider's unique insight into the way markets can be manipulated for profit.See all Product description
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The characters are vividly portrayed and I'm sure we all recognise some of our colleagues in them! Although the book is a fictional account it rings many bells for people like me who have been in the financial markets for more years than we care to remember. This is a fascinating and entertaining book that should be compulsary reading for every student of business and economics.It reminds me of Paul Erdman's "The Crash of '79" another book written by a professional of the markets. I look forward to Geoffrey Sambrook's next book.
Any critisims I have would be limited to the start and the end -I know that sounds a touch harsh. The first few pages of the book seemed stilted and didn't flow particuarly well, however since, as I discovered later, this is the first novel by Geoffrey Sambrook, that is understandable, and I'm sure
he can overcome that in the future. The other disappointing part of the novel is that the climax of the story seemed to happen half a dozen pages before the end, with the last chapter tidying up too many loose ends, how the characters got on etc, I felt that the impact would have been improved if the reader was left with a couple of threads to tie up themselves.
On the whole, a throughly good read, and I await Geoffrey Sambrook's next novel with anticipation.
I was, however, hugely impressed with the book. Coming from the position of someone with little interest in the metals market (as most people will be) I finished the book with both an amateur knowledge of copper trading and a fully satiated desire for exciting new fiction.
The book largely concentrates on a multi-national scheme to make certain individuals very rich at the expense of a few people's careers and the profits of some large corporations. We are introduced from the very start to the environment in which base metals are traded; an environment within which the seeds of deception, greed and corruption are sown. The characters are colourful and varied and, more importantly, well portrayed. The plot moves effortlessly from the financial centres of the Far East and the City of London to the USA, France and the Home Counties.
In this respect it is evident that Sambrook knows his stuff. He writes with the sense that he has lived a similar life to the characters, rather than merely spent time researching it - substantiated by the author's biography on the back cover.
Tarnished Copper, in conclusion, comes over as an exciting yet cerebral expose of the metal markets, well worth a read by the average member of the reading public and no doubt even more so by thoes with an interest specifically in commodities.
His skill lies in building a sense of time and place in a realm in which he is particularly comfortable largely uninfluenced by such factors as location or time zones. He also effectively portrays the sense of camaraderie and shared purpose of all those linked with metal trading and futures. In this aspect the book excels.
My only concern was that perhaps at least one of the central characters would express slightly more regret and nostalgia for destroying an entity that has formulated both their careers and, to a large extent, their characters.
The beauty of the book is that it leaves the reader with an affection for the market and the characters who trade on it, whilst also creating within us a fear of its unregulated power and corruptible nature. This is a clever dichotomy and one Sambrook develops well.
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