Susan Swan’s latest novel is The Dead Celebrities Club.
Loosely inspired by men in the financial markets like Bernie Madoff, Florian Homm, and Bruno Iksil, protagonist Dale Paul is a witty, self-absorbed rogue who gambles away other people’s money for his own enrichment. As long as this delusion is shared – the same delusion that makes it possible for predatory capitalism to succeed – Dale Paul and his friends are living out another Gilded Age. However, charm and boarding school connections aren’t enough to save Dale Paul from jail time.
While incarcerated, he has a choice: repair his fractured relationships with his family and become a new man or throw himself into another deadly, high-stakes scheme in an attempt to make himself rich again.
“Most of us are waiting for Trump to go to prison… And The Dead Celebrities Club could be a trailer for that movie.”
“Dale Paul is the archetypal anti-hero of our era & Susan Swan compelling delivers his message.”
– Jane Urquhart