"A brilliant novel on international finance ... you will have serious trouble putting this book down." - Forbes. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, this was the first thriller set in the world money market that was written by an actual financial expert. Its fast-paced, suspenseful plot centers on a billion-dollar, top-secret coup intended to protect the U. S. dollar. AUTHOR: A bestselling author and creator of the financial thriller genre, Paul Erdman (1932-2007) wrote The Silver Bears, The Crash of '79, The Last Days of America, The Panic of '89, The Swiss Account, and The Set-up. Previously, he worked in finance, notably as founder and President of the United California Bank in Basel. Erdman began writing The Billion Dollar Sure Thing in a Swiss prison, where he was held for ten months as a result of his bank's collapse.