Octopus is a real-life thriller that tells the inside story of an audacious hedge-fund fraud and the wild search for a secret financial market.
Sam Israel seemed to have it all — until his hedge fund imploded and he became the target of a nationwide manhunt. Born into one of America’s most illustrious trading families, Israel was determined to strike out on his own. He founded his own hedge fund and promised his investors guaranteed profits: with the proprietary computer program he’d created, he claimed to be able to predict the future.
But his future was already beginning to unravel.
After suffering devastating losses and fabricating fake returns, Israel knew it was only a matter of time before he would be discovered. When a former black-ops intelligence operative told him about a ‘secret market’ run by the Federal Reserve Bank, Israel bet his last $150 million on a chance to make billions. Thus began his yearlong adventure in ‘the Upperworld’, a society populated by clandestine bankers, shady European nobility, and spooks issuing cryptic warnings about a cabal known as the Octopus.
Whether the ‘secret market’ was real or a con, Israel was all in — and as the pressures mounted and increasingly sinister violence crept into his life, he struggled to break free of the Octopus’s tentacles.