When Ben, a talented British psychiatrist working in New York, first meets Harry, the former chief executive of a failed Wall Street bank, he diagnoses him as suicidally depressed and admits him to hospital. But when pressure is brought by his superiors to discharge Harry, Ben must keep him under observation, and is slowly drawn into the financiers gilded world, where nothing is what it first seems. After a colleague of Harrys dies amid revelations of fraud, Ben realises he has made a terrible error that threatens both his career and his life. A Fatal Debt brilliantly sets a mysterious death amid the fallout of the global financial crisis and the workings of high finance in London and New York.
John Gapper is chief business commentator and associate editor of the Financial Times and a regular on BBC and CNN. He has written extensively on the financial crisis and the future of the media. His previous books include All That Glitters: The Fall of Barings and How to Be a Rogue Trader. He lives in London.