This Sunday Times bestselling fiction paperback is a bran-new book and the original new book is sold at usual price RM31.90. Now here Only at RM12 The time has come to make a killing ... In the secretive inner circle of the ultra-rich, Alex Hoffmann is a legend. He has developed a method of playing the financial markets that generates billions of pounds. It is a system that thrives on panic - and feeds on fear. And then, in the early hours of one morning, his life is threatened when a terrifying intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside home. So begins a waking nightmare of violence and paranoia as Alex attempts - with increasing desperation - to discover who is trying to destroy him. Before it's too late ... The story begins as Physicist Dr. Alexander Hoffmann, an American expat living in Switzerland, and the founder of his eponymous hedge fund, receives a first edition copy of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Hoffmann is mystified that the book's subject relates to his theory on fear, and even more that there is no indication of who sent it. That night, Hoffmann is attacked in his home by an unknown assailant. The police inspector, Leclerc is skeptical about the validity of Hoffmann's story. The next morning he proceeds to his company, where his charismatic British CEO, Hugo Quarry, is pitching for a renewed investment from the firm's potential clients. They seek to utilise Hoffmann's genius with algorithms into a system, called VIXAL-4, which can provide sufficient data on the markets to generate successful hedges, despite protests from the company's Chief Risk Officer Ganapathi Rajamani. Hoffmann's wife Gabrielle is approached by Leclerc at her art gallery. Leclerc informs her that when Hoffmann was at CERN, he suffered a nervous breakdown. Later Gabrielle confronts Hoffmann, who brushes it of as being nothing important. Suddenly it is announced that all of Gabrielle's artwork has sold to an anonymous collector. Gabrielle suspects that Hoffmann is behind it and storms off. Hoffmann and Quarry succeed in bring in the massive investments. When asked to give a speech, Hoffmann suddenly flees the restaurant. Hoffmann eventually tracks down the assailant to a hotel room. Where Karp the assailant, attacks him. In the struggle Karp's neck breaks. Hoffmann falsifies the crime scene to make it look like a suicide. Forensics inform Leclerc, and he deduces that Hoffmann killed him. Over the course of the business day the situation becomes unstable, with VIXAL assuming a level of risk considered unsustainable by the human staff. Meanwhile, Quarry fires Rajamani for insubordination. Hoffmann discovers that a hacker has stolen his medical records. Upon returning to his company, Hoffmann finds out that someone posing as him ordered his head of security to place surveillance cameras all over the company and his home. During the confrontation Quarry discovers that the deed to building that they rent is in Hoffmann's name. It is also revealed that a warehouse deep in an industrial sector is also owned by Hoffmann. Hoffmann vows to shut down VIXAL once and for all, as well as to leave the future of the company in the hands of Quarry. Rajamani confronts the two and threatens to report the company's illegal activities, and leaves. Hoffmann chases after him only for him to plunge down an elevator shaft. Hoffmann deduces that VIXAL's AI has become hostile. He rushes to destroy warehouse, which contains unauthorized hardware. Leclerc arrives with his arrest squad only to find Rajamani's corpse, further implicating Hoffmann as a murderer. Hoffmann buys 100 liters of gasoline, with the plan of killing himself and taking VIXAL with him. As the Flash Crash occurs, Hoffmann razes the warehouse. Hoffmann is talked out of suicide by Gabrielle and Quarry. Hoffmann is badly injured and hospitalized. Quarry is told that VIXAL is still trading even with its hardware destroyed. Also VIXAL made a huge profit from the crash. Quarry also decides to allow the AI to take control of the company. Then VIXAL proclaims itself "alive". 'Sizzling' Sunday Times, Books of the Year 'Gripping' Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year 'Chilling' Sunday Express, Books of the Year 'Intoxicating' Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year 'Superb' S pectator, Books of the Year 'Fast and thrilling' New Statesman, Books of the Year
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