Louise Patten - Bad Money

Bad Money

Mary Kersey is the main breadwinner in her family. She juggles her job as a high-profile management consultant in the City with being a loving wife to unworldly, donnish Guy, a caring mother to Gracie, and looking after a crumbling pile in Suffolk at the weekend. It’s enough to challenge any woman. When Gracie’s headmistress tells Mary that her child is desperately homesick and should be taken out of boarding school, the demands on Mary’s time become overwhelming.

It’s 2005 and the City is booming. Mary’s job is to give strategic advice to banks. When she is approached by the Treasury to take on a highly secret role investigating dirty dealings surrounding ever-more-powerful hedge funds, her two worlds collide. Mary suspects that one of her firm’s newest clients has just made a cheap acquisition by rigging the share price – helped by a dodgy headge fund. As Mary discovers, standing between men and their money is a very dangerous place to be.

Louise Patten has written a novel of greed, passion and revenge – a thrilling expose of what really goes on in the City through the eyes of a woman who works right in the middle of that world.


‘A rattling good City thriller’ – Evening Standard

‘They’ll be twittering in the wine bars around Threadneedle Street as to who was the inspiration for the power-crazed CEO of a biotechnology company and his partner in crime who makes Gordon Gecko look like a tender-hearted philanthropist’ – Scotsman

‘Patten knows her world intimately. Her detail is meticulous and authentic, but never gets in the way of the story which moves along at a hectic pace’ – Independent

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