About The Good Banker- A Financial Suspense
Follow one man’s coming-of-age journey as he contemplates the meaning of success amid an era of banking fraud.
It’s the Summer of 2004, where ethical and naïve Jacob Gilbert is thrown into a pool of greed, materialism, and shady business dealings as he enters his first year in banking.
While trying to manage his career and demanding social life including new quirky friends and a questionable romantic partner, Jacob languishes at the bottom of the stack rankings month after month. How can he turn his career into a success while still maintaining his soul? The pressure is on. Just how strong are Jacob’s morals under the influence of ruthless corporate management?
In what some readers call “docu-fiction,” The Good Banker illustrates nuances of the 2008 economic meltdown. With suspense, sharp wit, and internal dialogue, the author skillfully weaves threads of ethics, commitment, friendship, and success throughout the fast-paced, high-stakes world of finance. Through Jacob’s eyes, we see the possibilities of what genuine success looks like and how to walk that thin line between greed and good deeds.
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I started in the banking industry right out of college in 2005. The financial crisis was traumatic for all that were a part of it, and even those who were innocent bystanders. I spent those early few years in the mortgage business where I saw first-hand fraudulent lending practices and “liar loans.” After the traumatic event passed, I always envisioned myself spending time in a small Italian village, sitting on the balcony writing a memoir about the crisis, such as the factors that precipitated it, what transpired, and the outcome. It turns out life has different plans, as I was working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic with way too much free time on my hands, I decided not to write a possibly boring memoir of my life during the financial crisis, but a fictionalized version of events that may or may not have occurred.