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— Paul Tremont, the hedge fund entrepreneur, is one of the world's most powerful people. He had wanted to control the vice industries -- gambling, prostitution -- in Cuba after Castro took charge. But Fidel decided to get rid of vice. With a Captain Ahab-like obsession, Tremont wants Castro dead. He enlists Luke in the scheme -- enticing him with a high-paying position in the hedge fund.

Luke's grandmother and grandfather turn out to be -- I won't reveal it; you'll have to read the book. It races to a bloody climax, which includes a stunning theory of the assassination of Jack Kennedy in 1963.

I've always suspected that dirty money reposed in hedge funds and dirty rotten bastards ran some of them. Buchholz tells me that's only true in his novel. Incidentally, Buchholz has a third book that came out in April: a revised and updated edition of his 1989 best seller, New Ideas from Dead Economists.

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