The Protege

The Protege

A Novel

Large Print - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
Having survived his rise to Chairman of Everest Capital, the world's largest private equity firm, and the ferocious attempts on his life that ensued, Christian Gillette finally seems safely perched atop the financial industry.

He's just accepted Everest's largest private investment, he's poised to takeover his ex-rival's sinking firm, and he's just embarked on his firm's most exciting venture to date, buying the NFL's newest team -- the Las Vegas Twenty-Ones. Plus, one of his young employees -- an ambitious deal maker named David Wright -- has caught his eye. Wright reminds Gillette of himself just a few years back, and he's drawn to the thought of teaching the wunderkind everything the ups and downs of the industry. But everything comes to a screeching halt when a shadowy man calls him to a meeting, requesting a favor and offering in return new information about Gillette's father and his still mysterious death.

Christian Gillette can't stand to be controlled, but he also can't afford to lose a chance at finally learning something substantive about his father's death. And as he becames more entangled with the strange deal, and the frantic pace of business continues without his full attention, he feels his grip on Everest weakening -- and soon realizes his life is once more in desperate jeopardy. When all signs begin to point to David Wright, Gillette realizes that his toughest decision as Chairman lies directly ahead...

Baker & Taylor
The head of the world's most powerful private equity firm, Christian Gillette reluctantly cooperates with a shadowy government agent in exchange for new information about the death of his father, while, at the same time, two of his firm's up-and-comers compete for his attention, a situation that is complicated by an attempt on Gillette's life. By the author of The Chairman. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
To reach the peak of his profession and remain the powerful chairman of Everest Capital, New York's most successful private equity firm, Christian Gillette has had to pay his dues. Now, with Everest's fortunes continuing to skyrocket, there's no reason on earth for one hard-charging Gillette to look back. Except one.
A mysterious man who claims to represent "certain interests in Washington, D.C.," has approached Gillette with a cryptic offer - involving the only currency more valuable to him than money: information about the mother he never knew and the truth about his father's suspicious death. All Gillette has to do to access the secrets of his past is play ball with a shadowy government agency that's guarding a new technology that could be humanity's greatest tool...or its deadliest weapon of terror.
Complicating matters are David Wright, Gillette's aggressive young protege, who's hiding a horrific secret, and Allison Wallace, the feisty scion of a mega-rich investing family who's bought her way into Everest and has a taste for control and an eye on more than the bottom line. The last thing Gillette needs is to be the target of more cutthroat corporate subterfuge - or a pawn in cloak-and-dagger national security games. But laying his private demons to rest is the one thing he wants, and that's a reward for which he's willing to take any risk.

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& Taylor

The head of the world's most powerful private equity firm, Christian Gillette reluctantly cooperates with a shadowy government agent in exchange for new information about the death of his father.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780345480583
0345480589
Characteristics: 313 p ; cm

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