Simon Ayot, rising star at Revere Partners, is devastated when Frank Cook, senior partner at Revere and his father-in-law, kills the funding on his first major deal. But his anger turns to terror when a few days later Frank is found dead at his remote beach house.
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In Final Venture, I have returned to venture capital. The world's stock markets have gone wild for start ups with huge expenses and no profits in sight, and these have become the most valuable assets in most venture capitalists' portfolios. But are these companies really worth anything? It is quite possible for a venture capital investment to be worth several hundred million dollars one day, and nothing the next.
This can be the fate of many biotechnology companies. A new drug can take decades and hundreds of millions of dollars tp develop. That money can be recouped with a handsome return on top, but only if the drug makes its way successfully through the clinical trials process. The stakes are high, and secrecy is vital, as I found out when I tried to talk to people in the industry. A perfect background for a thriller.
The book also gave me the chance to explore the experiences of an Englishman in America. I am married to an American, and have spent much time there. The hero of the book, Simon, an Englishman from a very traditional background, is also married to an American. He is attracted by the openness and can-do attitude of the country, but can't quite shed his English reserve. The book is set in Boston, a city renowned for its glittering new high-tech and biotech companies, as well as for its old families and traditional attitudes.
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