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The Inner Sanctum

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  409 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
If you need a good business thriller to keep your mind off the stock market, you can't do much better than this one from Stephen Frey, former Wall Street insider and author of two previous barn burners, The Takeover and The Vulture Fund, both available in paperback. The Inner Sanctum pits smart, ambitious, underpaid IRS agent Jesse Hayes against smart, ambitious, overpaid ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Signet (first published January 1st 1997)
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My fourth Frey book and I have scored each one 5*. The plot is superbly structured and gathers momentum towards the final thrilling finale. The storyline is similar to other of his books (that I have read so far) in that 1 or 2 central characters from the financial world become involved in some high powered skullduggery, this time by senior political figures. Michael Palmer writes similar structured plots, but his involves medical characters instead of financial ones. Provided that you can accep ...more
Nov 29, 2008 Mike rated it liked it
The first couple hundred pages of this one were a mess of confusion - too many characters, too many settings, characters sometimes called by their first name and sometimes by their last, and characters interacting in different settings with different characters. I found myself at one point saying, "Hey, there are two characters named David?" and I had to go back and reread a section to figure out that they were the same character. And it's not like I spread the reading out too long - it took me ...more
Rupesh Goenka
Feb 11, 2016 Rupesh Goenka rated it it was ok
The book is a story of corruption, blackmail, betrayal & scams on the Wall Street coinciding with the election campaign. Multiple stories run parallel together & culminate in the end. The confusion of characterization & an ailing end makes the book an average read. Best Line --- MONEY TALKS & BULLSHIT WALKS...
Jan 21, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
His third time out, The Inner Sanctum is a 1997 financial thriller from Stephen Frey.

Thriller - IRS agent Jesse Hayes receives a message warning her of senatorial candidate Elbridge Coleman. Hayes has the information to derail him, but a killer is on her trail. David Mitchell works for an investment firm and hopes a company he backed wins a huge contract. They meet, are attracted, and then seemingly wind up on opposite sides.
Joel Ungar
Sep 29, 2013 Joel Ungar rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I eagerly looked forward to reading this novel after having read two other works by Stephen Frey. This one was definitely a disappointment. Frey has also stepped partially away from the financial world with this one and seems to be on somewhat unfamiliar ground.

Once again the main characters come from impoverished backgrounds that they prefer to hide - where have we heard that before? David Mitchell is almost a cookie cutter copy of Andrew Falcon and Mace McClain, although a bit more suspicious.
Rohit P. Enghakat
Mar 24, 2014 Rohit P. Enghakat rated it really liked it
I would rate this as 4 since the book was fast paced and the plot was good. Initially when I read some of the reviews out here I was skeptical and feared the worst. But the book belied all my expectations. In fact the suspense is good right till the end and the plot was decent.
Anandh Sundar
Mar 24, 2016 Anandh Sundar rated it really liked it
I have read all of Stephen Frey's books, and this book on the government military complex intermeshing with Wall Street, is a conventional genre but written quite well.
Abhinav Ka
Feb 21, 2016 Abhinav Ka rated it it was ok
quite run-of-the-mill. a massive waste of time, with anticipated twists and cliches. a pretty good lesson for me - never go by ratings!
Greer Andjanetta
Jul 26, 2014 Greer Andjanetta rated it liked it
A so-so mystery involving Wall Street crooks and a young idealist, very similar to others of SF's books.
Jul 07, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it
Intriguing book.
Max Cheney
Feb 03, 2014 Max Cheney rated it really liked it
Intriguing story
May 26, 2014 Christian rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
A nice read, a thriller form the odd time span between end of the cold war and before 9/11.
The story revolves around financial high risk investment and political manipulation. The "heroes" in Frey's entertaining novel are a ambitious young IRS agent and a not less ambitious portfolio manager working for a prestigious investment company.
It goes without saying that the story is full of twists, and you are not likely to spot all of them beforehand.
May 30, 2013 Lee rated it liked it
This book follows a high level cabal of money managers and politicians seeking to make money from insider deals. David Mitchell a money manager and Jesse Hayes a young IRS agent are caught up in it. Can they escape with their lives and break up the cabal. Very similar to The Takeover Ok read
Oct 03, 2011 Cathy rated it liked it
Wheeling and dealing in the Senate/pentagon/money markets to award DOD contracts through black budgets. Murder and mayhem abound.
Intricate plot (I got lost in a little bit of it) but well-written. Okay if you like this kind of story.
Ronald Howell
Jul 13, 2016 Ronald Howell rated it liked it
Shelves: bill
Another quick read by Frey, summing it up quickly at the end.
Jan 15, 2010 Mark rated it liked it
Who'd a thunk an exciting, plot driven thriller would emerge from financial analysts at the IRS...a gritty young female IRS agent uncovers a Military-Industrial cabal rigging read
Aug 31, 2007 Gay rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: audiolisteners who jog or vaccuum
Are Stephen W. Frey and Stephen Frey the same guy? I am confused. Plus the stories do tend to run together. I don't read these; I listen to them.
Oct 29, 2008 Weslyn rated it liked it
Entertaining beach book This will make you question just what government is really capable of doing and hope you're wrong.
Joann Downie
Sep 22, 2012 Joann Downie rated it really liked it
I liked everything except this girl Jesse,who gets really mixed up much too easily. Otherwise, this was a really good read!
Apr 30, 2010 Burt rated it liked it
Good author who writes about business related financial issue with a few murders here and there
Feb 20, 2008 Debbie rated it liked it
A really fun read, but pretty predictable and a bit of a quick and simple ending.
Mar 21, 2010 Tommy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Complete waste of time. Not clever or smart. What a disappointment!
Jennifer Horner
Dec 04, 2012 Jennifer Horner rated it did not like it

Ug.., didn't even finish it... And I always finish..
Jul 27, 2012 Molly rated it did not like it
There is a reason that this was on the 50 cent rack.
Aug 06, 2010 BoekenTrol marked it as to-read
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: dutch-flybabe
Jan 03, 2013 Kathy added it
DOD contracts scandle
Apr 04, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
I thought this was well written and on par with Grisham. I've read all of Grisham's books, so I was happy to find another author to read.
Jackie Simons
Read 12/98
Dec 18, 2015 Alayna rated it did not like it
2.5 stars
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For the last 15 years I’ve been lucky enough to be a novelist. Until recently the books were set in the worlds of Wall Street and Washington. In addition to writing, I’ve also had a career in finance with specialties including merger & acquisition advisory and private equity at firms like J.P. Morgan in New York City and Winston Partners just outside D.C. in northern Virginia.

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