White Man's Numbers
Ravi is a young ambitious Indian financial analyst sent to South Africa by Pluto Asset Management (PAM), an emerging force in fund management in London. He relocates with his boss Christopher, a legend not because he can distance his emotions from the market, but because he has no emotions to distance. PAM also sends Margaret, a walking femme-fatale, and Jacob, a black graduate (whose father is connected to the SA government) to spearhead the office.
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Mar 17, 2013REVIEW POSTED BY AUTHOR BUT WRITTEN BY: Diane Cassere of The Cape Times Nov 2012 IT IS always refreshing when a totally new genre of baddies is offered to literature, and in Sunil Shah's first book we meet the corporate asset managers. Although the role they play on the stage of money manipulation is much more intricate -that's the bankers to you and me. Shah is able to move through the jargon-infested world they inhabit to make them accessible to us and let us learn how they operate. In various times, best-sellers have focused on the Mafia, hitmen, conmen, psychopaths, serial killers, rogue detectives and all manner of criminals. Seldom have villains looked as good and presented themselves as well as Shah's characters. But beneath the veneer lurks greed, lust and killer intent. The first chapter of White Man's Numbers is a stunner. It becomes a page-turner instantly. You really care about what happens to young Ravi Dharma. The rest of the characters are finely drawn too, from... More > sinister Richard to carefree Jacob - a nice note of cynicism in an early account of lunch in the luxury London flat of Jacob's communist, and very well-connected, South African father. The book offers a love story intertwined with crime fiction. A background tapestry is the lives of Indian men and women living in Western capitals. It also touches on drugs in the corporate world, arranged marriages and the underbelly of our society. While Shah shares Ravi's early life - growing up in an Indian community in Kenya and studying in London - this book is South African to the core, and in particular walks us through the streets of Cape Town. Local readers will have a sense of recognition as the action unfolds. An interesting perspective is that of Cape Town as seen from a London office as a gateway to the corporate world in South Africa - referred to as beautiful and well-organised, and having great infrastructure. We are an emerging market and it follows naturally that a major company, like the fictional PAM of the book, would look to this city as a base. But there's the other side to the city - a place of gangs, drugs, politics and poverty. Shah has recognised the duality of the city, the country, and this takes the story swiftly along to an unexpected ending. The author gives us a new voice, and takes us into an exciting genre that we are not yet familiar with. Best of all, he promises us more of the same.< Less
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