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The Winner's Curse

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A whistleblower thought he had struck it lucky when a beautiful woman comes into his life, but he couldn’t know that her husband didn’t believe in soft options.

This tragicomedy takes place mainly in London and Zurich and is set against the backcloth of the corrupt and rapacious world of international banking. The central character, Mark, an anti-hero type, loses his job as
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Published December 24th 2013
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Meriel Brooke
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I soon began to dislike Mark for his attitude towards women, amongst other things. However, he goes where no man dares to tread – and expects others to do the same. The theme of corruption and subterfuge in the banking world is not new, but it appears to be well researched. The European locations were entertaining and the characters interesting, but the story didn’t flow – perhaps because of the author’s overuse of descriptive adverbs and adjectives. For readers who like thrillers, this is well ...more
Laura Koerber
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am wavered for a long time between a three and a four for The Winner’s Curse. Part of my problem in providing an objective review of this book is I am a fan of Le Carre’, Steinhauer and Furst and tend to read books of that genre with them in mind—which isn’t altogether fair since those gentlemen are masters of the art. Not that The Winner’s Curse is about spying or warfare—it’s about high level financial shenanigans—but the spirit is the same: competence porn combined with intrigue with strong ...more
Tony Parsons
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
London, England. Mark Shearer (father) lost his job (Global Investments Inc.; European investment mgr.) for reasons unknown.
Mark had been transferred to Frankfort, Germany.
Fred Mayer (Mark’s BMF, IT, former NatWest) is going to figure out why.
What were Mark & Harry Greenspan (GI head of operations/controller, deputy GM) discussing?
Zurich, Switzerland. Hotel an der Oper. Mark checked into his room.
Herr Erik von Weissenstein (Swiss billionaire, Zug bank owner/president), & Nathalie Wei
J.P. Willson
I am not quite sure how to review this book. I did not dislike the story yet at first mention of the Cayman islands I was strongly given the impression of a rehash of 'The Firm' by John Grisham.
This was about an international banking scandal and not the same deal with a law firm, yet the similarities are there.
The writing is strong, yes, but I must say I did find it almost nauseatingly over-descriptive. A for instance; "They made their way up two flights of STONE steps and through the GOTHIC mai
Steve Cantwell
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Winner’s Curse is a story of corruption and power. One man’s stand against the might of the ultra-rich. The action goes between London, Switzerland and Germany and there are many unexpected twists and turns along the way.
The main protagonist (I can’t really use the word hero in this case) is not a particularly likeable chap, but I was hooked into the story regardless. It also didn’t matter that I don’t know anything about banking affairs - even though financial shenanigans are central to the
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Winner's Curse by David Fisher

I have just finished this fast paced thriller and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the thriller genre. It follows hero Mark who gets reassigned to the Frankfurt Office when he is on the verge of discovering something wrong with the numbers in his department. He then continues to covertly investigate and finds some major-scale corruption. This novel is full of ups and downs, humour and tragedy. I really like Fred, Mark's IT expert. He is a character brimmi
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great story about corruption and banking. When our hero finds out too much, he is being relocated. Using technology and his obscure relationship with Kirstin he tries to get to the bottom of the mystery.
The clever man takes on the corporation with a side-kick but it gets much more complicated than that. I was impressed with the way banking, IT and gadgets have been researched and incorporated into the story.
the dynamic between the duo is also well written. I enjoyed their chemistry and the fa
Judith Lucci
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I don't have a financial background and am not a banker, no one needs this background to enjoy this edgy, well-written true-to-life crime thriller. The plot was character-driven with clever twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout the novel. The characters were interesting and well-developed.. I enjoyed the elements of humor and romance. All in all, this is a well done book based on present-day truisms and anchored with well-described ethical underpinnings. All in all, a winner an ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting thriller

The story kept my interest throughout. The plot was well thought out and the characters well-developed. The author keeps you guessing right to the surprise ending.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aborted
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Making Connections: 5356. - THE WINNER'S CURSE by David S. Fisher 3 6 Aug 19, 2018 06:56AM  

Welcome to my Book Page.

I was born and raised in the UK but have spent most of my professional life in various parts of Europe and have settled with my family in Bonn, Germany. Since retirement, I write novels for the discerning reader, under my own name and the pen name, Dale Stevens.
My genres consist of:
-- (Under David S. Fisher) a mixture of crime and mystery thrillers, detective fiction,