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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Joe Gallagher goes to work for an energy trading company in Boston , he soon finds thatpursuit ofhis ambition to strike it rich in the markets will plunge him into a whirlwind, literally. As the firm's traders jockey to make bets on the effects of an upcoming hurricane, Gallagher must choose between following the careful dictates his old school veteran mentor, Andrews ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published December 2010)
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Carl Brush
I’d have done lot better with Cortright McMeel’s Short if the publishers had put the glossary and explanatory notes in the front instead of the back. Maybe it’s my bad, but I didn’t even know they were there till I’d finished, and it didn’t occur to me to check. Instead, I spent a lot of time baffled and angry over passages like this:

The strategy to bankrupt Andrews’s Cinergy hub position would be two-pronged.

One, the Ghost would enlist brokers, inform them of Andrews’s position, which they wo
In this his first novel, Cortright McMeel supplies readers with a cavalcade of the capitalist grotesque. He re-creates the fast-paced, gluttonous world of energy brokers and traders—how they plan to make riches with swaps, puts and other derivatives that add nothing to the productivity of the economy; how they hide trades in multiple accounts; how they wine and dine themselves and clients in upper-crust hedonist venues just to maintain thread-strong relationships; how they seek revenge and jeopa ...more
I was anxiously awaiting this one, Cort being an old friend and a great customer/patron of my bookstore. Not to mention he co-edited the great Murdaland crime fiction anthology. It did not disappoint, although it was hard for me to read with beady eyes burning with envy. A full, groaning stable of unique, developed characters, all engaging in the abstract throat cutting grotesque world of "energy trading", a world Cort knows and describes well, but of which I still have little understanding othe ...more
An indept look at the world of brokers and traders. More of a character study of the occupation, Short exposes the treachery of the modern stock market. Characters are self serving, overtly ambition, and conniving, a veritable Nero of political trading. Honestly, I would not have picked this book as a good read, I mostly enjoy historical fiction. But since the author is a former instuctor of mine and friend, I felt compelled to read it. Skimming over the technical jargon, I found myself thrust i ...more
Danny Feser
This book is a very entertaining and smooth read; I say smooth because most of it is plainly written, and the only times I had to second guess the writing is when we readers are being educated in the business of energy trading - where the prose gets much more technically descriptive. So yes, aside from being a great story it is also informative.

I'd like to remember this book for it's colorful, human characters, and as a lesson about a profession of which, before I read this story, I had little
Mar 02, 2011 Mario rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mario by: WSO
Short is analogous to Liars poker by Michael Lewis about Salomon Brothers trading desk in the 80's. A very easy read; on par with a 6th grade reading level. I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of character development and plot holes towards to the conclusion of the story. I found the actual story rather dense and lacking anything truly interesting. It's not a bad fictionalized account of the energy trading floors and the relationship between the traders/brokers, but nothing more than that.
I enjoyed this book, and enjoyed learning a bit more about energy trading. I think I would have liked the book more if it had focused a bit more on character development/private lives and a bit less on the technicalities of the trading business. I'm glad it included a glossary, but I think the book would have been more successful if McMeel would have translated a bit. Overall, a successful piece of fiction, though.
Kerry Booth
I really wanted to like this book more, knowing the author, but I just seemed to be lost most of the time about the characters and their motivation. It was, however, very clearly a complex book, and I was glad to have read it.
Awfully ugly portrayal of energy traders & brokers. McMeel fails to humanize any of his characters.
Magnus Ver Magnusson
Much better than I thought it would be. Gained momentum as it progressed...
Energy trading desk (and traders) crazier than can be imagined.
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