Davis Bunn’s grasp of finance is intimidating to say the least. The story idea he plots in The Domino Effect is terrifyingly plausible as far as I, as a layman, can tell. Although my brain grew numb with such terms as ‘hedge funds’ and ‘The Shanghai Index’, I got enough of what was going on to enjoy the story.The bad guys are the high stakes traders and the good guys are easy to spot after you’ve met the bad guys.
The premise is that new automatic buying and trading systems have the potential to destroy the market as we know it in seconds, and that the greed of people in high and secret places are running them. Enter our heroine market analyst Esther Larson who attempts the lonely and exhausting job of being the first whistleblower, leaving her now implicated company to form her own persona and become the voice for the world with the help of a powerful businessman, a sympathetic beleagered single father and a few colleagues who believe in her.
Of course Esther has a somewhat tragic backstory, and there is a romance or two hidden in the hard lines of numbers and statistics; these provide momentum. Bunn serves up a terrine of layers that are satisfying in their resolution.
I received a complimentary copy of The Domino Effect from Bethany House in return for my honest opinion.