Norb Vonnegut
Norb Vonnegut

Coming to Darien Library on Thursday, December 17th at 7 p.m.!


Author of Top Producer

Norb Vonnegut built an extensive career in private wealth management, most recently as Managing Director with a finance boutique in New York City and previously with Morgan Stanley, Paine Webber, and Kidder, Peabody. Now he brings the reader into the world of Top Producer, a sharp and twisted thriller that moves at breakneck pace.

Let's set the scene:

TOP PRODUCER takes readers into the world of Grove O’Rourke, a rising star at the brokerage firm of Sachs, Kidder, and Carnegie, who has buried his recent personal losses in an adrenaline-fueled pursuit of wealth for his clients. Grove is no stranger to rough patches, but now his life appears to be heading into a real tailspin. After he—along with several hundred other people—witnesses his close friend Charlie Keleman die in the most gruesome way imaginable, Grove sets out to help Charlie’s widow. And help is just what she needs; Charlie was a financial wiz and the genius behind a fantastic hedge fund, but the money he was managing seems to have vanished. And Alex Romanov, a friendly competitor on Wall Street (as if there could possibly be such a thing), has expressed a very keen interest in any information on Charlie’s assets that Grove can turn up—information that, as Grove starts to piece it together, makes him a much-sought-after man in certain homicidal circles.

Here's what people are saying:

"The Gold Standard for financial thrillers." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Norb Vonnegut's Top Producer begins where Liar’s Poker and The Bonfire of the Vanities left off and puts an electrifying spin on the winner-take-all culture of Wall Street. Turn to the first page and plunge into the shark-infested waters of high finance and greed."  - Brent Ghelfi, ITW Award-nominated author of Volk’s Game and The Venona Cable

Here's what Norb is saying:

 "A funny thing happened during my 60-hour weeks as a wealth adviser. I discovered the joy of writing. For years I wrote about investment decisions, why we bought this stock or sold that one. I loved the wordplay, but the letters never quite sated my appetite. I addressed stiff, technical issues like free cash flow or capital adequacy. Frankly, the ratios made my teeth hurt. I longed to write stories about Wall Street's people, the crazy things that percolate through trading floors and broker bullpens. So I wroteTop Producer. My debut Wall Street thriller was published [in] September 2009. My characters hail from the trenches of finance. Brokers. Traders. Sales assistants. There is the occasional CEO, or the bigger-than-life hedgie. But I care most about the rank and file, the everyday Joes that come with warts and canker sores. In Top Producer they find themselves thrust into uncomfortable worlds by forces far beyond their control."

Here's what we're saying:

Please join us for this fun and fabulous author event!

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).