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The Trust (Grove O'Rourke #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  163 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
"Mr. Vonnegut dreams up diabolically elegant business crimes, then sends smart-talking characters to follow the money. He draws upon his own Wall Street experience (with Morgan Stanley, among other employers) to provide the sound of insider acumen.... There's enough novelty to this plot to set "The Trust" apart from garden-variety business thrillers, the ones in which Bern ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published May 8th 2012)
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Joe Vonnegut
Jul 30, 2012 Joe Vonnegut rated it it was amazing
The Trust is a real page turner! Thoroughly enjoyed Norb Vonnegut's latest novel; it has it all, suspense, humor, good guys and of course, villians you love to hate! Norb has really hit his stride with his latest financial thriller! Highly recommend it.
Patrice Hoffman
Jul 17, 2012 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
*Won through a Goodreads giveaway*

I wish I'd read Top Producer: A Novel of Dark Money, Greed, and Friendship first. After having read this book, I would like reading more about the protagonist Grove O'Rourke. He was a fun, likeable, smart character from page one. The Trust is about O'Rourke helping the family of his mentor, Palmer, who has recently been found dead, square away his affairs. O'Rourke steps in as a board member for the Palmetto Foundation. It's not long before shady dealings begin
Nancy McFarlane
May 05, 2012 Nancy McFarlane rated it it was amazing
The Trust is a terrific fast moving thriller that takes an interesting and informative look at the world of high finance and the diabolical methods used by those who are trying to launder money for drug cartels. Grove O’Rourke, a rising young star in a NYC brokerage firm has a Charleston, SC pillar of the community to thank for who he has become. Palmer Kincaid was his mentor and his inspiration so when Palmer dies suddenly leaving a request for Grove to serve as trustee for his charitable found ...more
Dick Reynolds
Jul 29, 2012 Dick Reynolds rated it really liked it
Grove O’Rourke is at it again. The stockbroker at Sachs, Kidder and Carnegie, who was the hero in Norb Vonnegut’s earlier novel called Top Producer, finds himself in trouble when a client's body washes ashore near Charleston, S.C. In Top Producer, one of Grove’s clients met a particularly gruesome death. If I was a client, I’d probably start looking around for a new stockbroker at this point.
Grove is drawn to Charleston to help the beautiful widow and daughter (an old flame) of the deceased. H
Jun 10, 2012 Joan rated it it was amazing
Norb Vonnegut’s "The Trust" unquestionably grabs the reader --- I found myself so invested in it I didn't want to put the book aside until I had finished it. The characters are top-notch, well-drawn and believable. I especially liked the character of "Biscuit" with his deft maneuvering of things; very savvy, with lots on the ball.

While "The Trust" has some seemingly-predictable moments of duplicity [and other such characteristics common to the genre], the reader is definitely surprised by the u
Sep 01, 2012 Harriet rated it really liked it
riveting! It is a fast-paced and well-researched book that is set in Charleston but travels to Wall Street, Fayeteville and Turks and Caicos. The title is a double-entendre about high finance and personal relationships.
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THE TRUST by Norb Vonnegut is an intriguing,fast paced,action filled thriller. This is the second book in the fascinating world of Grove O’ Rourke,but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Top Producer”. From the financial world to investment brokers to murder and further “The Trust” will grip you from the first page to the last. Follow Grove O’Rourke on another trail as he follows the money and he and Biscuit Hughes investigates the sinister world of high finance and the brokerage business. If yo ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
The Trust by Norb Vonnegut is an exciting venture into the secretive side of financial markets with a captivating and suspenseful plot. Grove O’Rourke, who appeared in Vonnegut’s Top Producer, is a stockbroker working for the Kincaid family who takes on the job of running a philanthropic organization after Palmer Kincaid, the founder of the organization, drowns. Uncovering dark and sinister intentions while performing his new duties for the Palmetto Foundation, O’Rourke must unravel a complex an ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Staci rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book and thrillers are not my normal read. The Trust was very fast paced and intense. It grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me reading at every possible free moment until conclusion. I am giving this book a 5 star and passing it on to my husband to read!

My rating system is as follows:

5 stars - Excellent, Worth Every Penny, Made It Into My Personal Library!
4 stars - Great book, but not a classic.
3 stars - Good overall, generally well written.
2 stars - Would not recommend bas
Jul 15, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
I received this book last week thanks to the Goodreads First Reads program. I am usually not one for financial thrillers, but I thought that this book was very good. Once I started it, I had a hard time putting it down- well developed plot, interesting characters, fast paced. My only complaint was that at times, there was some confusing dialogue between characters- otherwise, it was a quick, entertaining read that kept me guessing until the last few chapters.
Aug 23, 2012 Dorothy rated it it was amazing
This is the best thriller yet by Norb Vonnegut. I hold him responsible for my lack of sleep over the two days that I read this book, but I just could not put it down for love nor money. And money is a sexy topic when it's in this author's hands. Strongly recommend that you buy and read the trust ...Grove O'Rourke is a terrific hero ... reminds me of some of Dick Francis' heroes and I am an admitted addict of his work.
Brian Tracey
Aug 04, 2012 Brian Tracey rated it it was amazing
What a blast! Vonnegut is the master at creating high-octane suspense out of international finance. Grove O'Rourke, the smart-mouthed investment banker, is back and manages to get himself in boatload of trouble. 'Biscuit' Hughes, a Fayetteville, NC attorney, almost steals the show. But Grove and his dead-panned articulation of his worldview never release the reigns.
Jul 19, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing
I really liked this novel. We follow Grove O'Rourke - NYC stock broker, the main character as he follows the money of a charitable conduit. The family ties in his home town and their effects on the sleazy sides of the financial businesses and how they are used by organized crime. I was kept in suspense through about 2/3 when I thought I had it figured out. I won this book as a First Read.
Joe Meyers
Aug 16, 2012 Joe Meyers rated it really liked it
Excellent thriller about money laundering & other Wall Street scheming. Strong follow-up to 'Gods of Greenwich.'
James Conway
Nov 10, 2012 James Conway rated it really liked it
Smart, exciting thriller. Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Victor Gentile
Sep 11, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Norb Vonnegut in his new book, “The Trust” Book Two in the Grove O’Rourke series published by Minotaur Books puts Grove O’Rourke inside the world of charitable donations.

From the inside jacket cover: Norb Vonnegut lends his unique insider’s perspective and his darkly humorous writing to a fast-talking suspense thriller that takes readers inside the high-rolling world of global finance.

One sultry morning in Charleston, South Carolina, real estate magnate Palmer Kincaid’s body washes ashore, the a
Sep 12, 2012 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Grove O'Rourke, stockbroker
SETTING: Charleston, SC
SERIES: #2 of 2

Palmer Kincaid, real estate magnate, was an important person in stockbroker Grove O’Rourke’s life. He served as mentor and friend to Grove. It comes as a big surprise to learn that Palmer has drowned in a boating accident, especially since he was an expert helmsman. Palmer’s daughter, Claire, to whom Grove has always been attracted, calls to let him know the news and to request that he come to Charleston, So
Feb 20, 2016 Holly rated it really liked it
This book was a great thriller. It took me at least the first 50 pages to really figure out what was going on. Each chapter seemed to be introducing new characters, and happening in different locations. After page 50 - it all started to come together....and then I became really into it. So don't give up after reading the first 20 pages - you haven't even touched the meat of the book! This book had so many twists and turns in it - just when you thought the underdog got the upper-hand - - not so ...more
Tom Burke
Nov 10, 2012 Tom Burke rated it liked it
The Trust is a fast moving, predictable story of Wall Street Baron, Grove O'Rourke. The story opens with the mysterious death of, Palmer Kincaid, Grove's favorite client. It seems Kincaid named Grove to sit on the board of a philanthropic organization, The Palmetto Foundation. Of course there is the young widow and the daughter who Grove secretly pined for in high school battling it out for control of the funds. Characters by the name Bong and Biscuit people the winding road that leads to, where ...more
James Korsmo
Aug 12, 2012 James Korsmo rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
In this mystery/thriller, Vonnegut's hero Grove O'Rourke gets caught up in a downward spiral of deceit and violence after one of his big clients ends up dead. He is forced to untangle the mystery with unknown evil at his heels. The world of high finance and the elite circles of Charleston provide nice backdrops for the action, but the plot is really driven by money and violence. And when a small-town lawyer called Biscuit comes into town asking questions, things take an unexpected turn, even as ...more
Valerie Andrews
Feb 03, 2015 Valerie Andrews rated it liked it
Grove is a successful Wall Streeter, having put his tragic past behind him. Things are happening in his firm, all good for now. Then potential merger and a call from a long-time friend and mentor in Charleston involve him into some sketchy dealings. With the FBI (and possibly other federal oversight agencies) dogging him, he heads to South Carolina to help. Sitting on the board of a philanthropy is an easy task to help out his old friend, right? But religion, sex and violence quickly become the ...more
Uwe Hook
Sep 28, 2012 Uwe Hook rated it it was ok
This book was as painful to read as the pain it contained - eyeballs being ripped out, throats filled with expanding insulation, and violent beatings. . .The story began with so much promise - a successful Wall Street broker speaks with his longtime client and mentor. The mentor is in trouble. The broker flies to his hometown of Charleston and gets swept up in the reading of a will and the complicated money troubles that ensue. He becomes a trustee of the mentor's foundation, which is also being ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Annie rated it really liked it
Shelves: free

A wonderful 4 star read…
A really great read, you always hope but just never know!
I read this almost in one shot. A well written page turner. The humor is great, I love the characters especially “Biscuit”…. I will be reading more of Norb’s work in the future.

I won this on goodreads for a fair and honest review
Jul 22, 2012 Miles rated it it was amazing
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Besides being humorous and entertaining, this book brought memories of Fayetteville, North Carolina, where I spent time in the 1960's training for my Army Combat in Vietnam. Mr. V writes the way I like to read. I don't get lost and confused and I stay interested. This story could really happen, and is a good study of human nature with believable characters.
Richard Abbrecht
Aug 18, 2012 Richard Abbrecht rated it really liked it
The Trust as the third novel of Norb Vonnegut solidifies him as a top tier fiction author. His books are true to life regarding the financial industry and as suspenseful as any Whodunnit novel. I look forward to his next thriller!
Aug 20, 2012 Ashutosh rated it it was amazing

Excellent fast paced financial thriller. I had high expectations after reading the 'Top Producer'. And 'The Trust' exceeded those.
Norb Vonnegut is now one of my favorite authors. Looking forward to his next novel.
Rita	 Marie
Jan 15, 2013 Rita Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-mysteries
This was an okay read -- characters mostly stereotypes, plotting quite good at first, then dragging to a painfully dull ending. And there were a number of plot threads that never did get tied up. But the financial convolutions were clever and fun.
Kara Rutledge
Jul 17, 2012 Kara Rutledge rated it liked it
I won this book in a first reads giveaway. Although, this book started off a bit slow for me, it did pick up the pace after the first 50 pages (or maybe less). I loved how it was descriptive without being too wordy. It definitely has made me want to read his other works.
Debbie Yeaney
Aug 09, 2012 Debbie Yeaney rated it really liked it
Excellent reading. Adds a new twist and turn into a crime novel throwing Wall Street
in the mix.
Aug 19, 2012 Barb rated it liked it
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"Author of glittery thrillers about fiscal malfeasance...his own improbably sexy genre." -Janet Maslin, the New York Times

When money talks…I listen. Always have. I'm fascinated by what can go wrong and spent years on Wall Street dealing with the problems of wealth. Morgan Stanley, Paine Webber, and Kidder Peabody—I've been around the block. Back then, my job was to protect clients from market disa
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