The Hedge Fund by Burton Hersh
The Hedge Fund is a book by Burton Hersh that delves into the world of possibilities that happen when blood and money combine. It surrounds the Landaus- Sylvan, Louisa, Michael, Wendy, and Carol, a well-to-do family living in St Petersburg, Florida after daughter Wendy marries into the Cruz family. Ramon and his son Enrique (Ricky) managed to escape from Cuba and have made a rather successful life in America. The new in-laws convince the Landau patriarch to invest in a hedge fund promising immense profit once Castro releases his hold of Cuba. Eventually Sylvan has second thoughts and wants to pull out, but in time he finds that is easier said than done. Ramon has connections everywhere- from the Bush family to the mob- and uses everything he has at his disposal to make sure this does not happen. The narrator of the story is Michael, the oldest child and only son. He is a lawyer in charge of the family estate and all of its holdings, and was never completely comfortable with the agreement. He managed to put in as many legal safety nets as he could while reviewing the contracts, and once things seem to start going south the family plans to use them to get their properties and investment back. Throughout the main story there is also another smaller story- the relationship between him and one of his tenants, Linda. She has something he needs, something he can’t quite put his finger on, but he is drawn to her in a way he hasn’t been drawn to anyone. Linda is 100% Comanche and her brother, Sonny, decides to help Michael and his family by using his skills as a tracker and investigator.
The Hedge Fund has a little bit of everything in it. It starts off as a family drama with some social comedy and as the story progresses it seems to turn more into a thriller. The romance between Michael and Linda is believable and adds to the story instead of detracting from it. This book is well written and keeps you absorbed on every page. The more you read, the more you want to read! Especially once the dynamics of the family change and Sylvan and Michael pull out of the fund, you are sucked into wanting to know what is going to happen next. The characters are well rounded and fully developed. You become invested in them and the story almost immediately. There are a few places where it runs a little long and a little slow, but mostly it is just a great book! Love, money, family, deception, intrigue, and so much more- The Hedge Fund has everything you need.
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