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The Deadly Trade


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The Deadly Trade pulls on our own worst fears, inspired by the news of yesterday and almost sure to make the headlines of tomorrow. The anthrax scare of 2001 pales in the light of Ken's terrifying vision.

What legendary sportscaster Charlie Jones said about Man in the Middle is even truer about The Deadly Trade: "It can happen -- perhaps it already has. And, if hasn't happened yet, it will."

Excerpt from The Deadly Trade:

The investment banking firm no longer resembled a triage center. There was no hint of turmoil, and it was almost as if Tim had imagined everything. The trappings appeared as peaceful as the day he first arrived at Atterberry-Stanton. He couldn't believe it was less than two months since his move from New York -- not even sixty days. Now, highly trained professionals had restored artificial order. But artificial was the only kind of order left in Tim's world. He understood that these scientific developments had altered human destiny forever.

One day, he suspected, somebody would release a biological killer on innocent people, and that would mark the beginning of the end for the rest of mankind's naive peace-of-mind. The gates of hell stood wide open.

Praise for The Deadly Trade

"... A first-rate storyteller ... generates plenty of narrative stream ... in a mystery that blends high-end finance with international intrigue."
- BOOKLIST

"Morris has rapidly established himself as one of the leading writers of financial thrillers."
- FRAN BAKER, best-selling author

As much as I wanted to know what happened next, I didn't want the story to end."
- BILL FLECKENSTEIN, writer CNBC/MSN

"Morris adds a financial twist to The Deadly Trade's obvious topical relevance. He works hard to make the details clear, but doesn't bog the novel down with needless explanation. Recommended...."
- LIBRARY JOURNAL

"I'd still say The Deadly Trade will be Ken Morris' biggest hit yet. The story snared me in the first chapter, and didn't let go until I was done. My only complaint is that as a resident of San Diego, living not too far from those biotech firms Ken writes about, he has now scared the hell out of me."
- HERB GREENBERG, Columnist for RealMoney.com,
former columnist for Fortune Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle

"Some of us find the real-life doings of the business world scary enough, thank you, without turning to fiction. But this latest financial thriller from Wall Street trader-turned-novelist Ken Morris is too good to pass up. The hero is a burned-out financial analyst who moves out West to kick his drinking habit and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. But he stumbles into a world of terrifying intrigue, including a Middle Eastern extremist group in league with a desperate bio-tech firm."
- MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

"If even one quarter of what Ken Morris says about biological weapons is true, The Deadly Trade is scarier than any horror novel... Mr. Morris is a superb writer who knows how to entertain his audience."
- HARRIET KLAUSNER,
Amazon.com #1 Reviewer


"A compelling read about the frightening dangers of the biotechnology industry."
- CARMEL VALLEY NEWS

"Ken Morris mines a rich and terrifying plot as he leads readers on a twisted journey through the world of money and bio-terrorism. Morris has rapidly established himself as one of the leading writers of financial thrillers."
- FRAN BAKER, best-selling author of Once a Warrior

"The Deadly Trade is an exciting page turner that takes plenty of twists, turns, and head fakes. As much as I wanted to know what happened next, I didn't want the story to end."
- BILL FLECKENSTEIN, writer CNBC/MSN,
former columnist RealMoney.com


"In this follow-up to Man in the Middle (2003), a failing San Diego biotechnology firm recklessly experiments with a deadly virus and cravenly consorts with Mideast terrorists. Author Morris keeps the reader a couple of steps ahead of both trusting Tim Mack, the protagonist, and hard-boiled detective Bob Moore, who's ultimately sidelined in a deadly ambush. The narrative...offers multiple twists...and Morris gets suspense mileage out of Tim's uncertainty about whom to trust, and whom not to. A brisk thriller."
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