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Free Book Friday!


This week’s Free Book Friday prize is:

Ghosts of Manhattan: A Novel by Douglas Brunt

Delve into the world of high-stakes trading with this wry, comic debut about life on Wall Street and one man too hooked on the money to get out even as his career threatens to ruin his marriage and corrode his soul.It’s 2005 and the living is easy. Nick Farmer is thirty-five years old, in peak condition, and thriving as a successful bond trader with the seemingly unstoppable investment bank Bear Stearns. His nightlife has been a swirl of liquor, hookers, and cocaine. He clears seven figures every year and has become fiercely addicted to his annual bonus. But the lifestyle is taking a toll on him and his marriage.  When a nerdy analyst approaches him with apocalyptic prognostications about the imminent decline of Bear’s high-flying mortgage-backed securities trading, Nick is presented with the kind of ethical dilemma he’s spent a lifetime avoiding. Throw in a seductive financial journalist who seems to be more interested in Nick’s physical assets than in the percolating financial Armageddon, along with the prospect that his own wife may have found a new romantic interest of her own, and you have the recipe for one man’s personal and professional implosion.  In this gripping debut novel, Wall Street insider Douglas Brunt offers an in-depth look at the banking crisis and the reach of its personal impact. By turns hilarious and harrowing, Ghosts of Manhattan takes you to the seedy underbelly of the finance world and into the rarified lifestyle of a charming but flawed character as he struggles to find the right path in a complicated urban heart of darkness.

ISBN 9781451672596, Hardcover


3 lucky winners will each receive a brand-new copy!


To enter, simply leave a comment on this Blog post. You must be a PaperBackSwap member to win.


We will choose 3 lucky winners at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.


You have until Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 12 noon EDT, to leave a comment.


Good Luck to everyone!


Note: All the books given away on Free Book Friday are available in the PBS Market. We have thousands of new and new overstock titles available right now, with more added hourly. Some of the prices are amazing – and you can use a PBS credit to make the deal even better!






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153 Responses to “Free Book Friday!”

  1. Jerry C. (j3calvert) says:

    Sounds like a fun book. Was not aware of free book Friday prior to this

  2. Dawn W. (dawn11) says:

    Pick me!

  3. Jean L. (MeanJean) says:

    I would love to win this book. The author is married to Meghan Kelley of Fox News. They have three children. This sounds like a good book.

  4. Andrew K. (kuligowskiandrewt) , says:

    what a blurb! Plot threads running past my eyes … looking forward to reading the whole novel now!

  5. Kimberly says:

    I would love to win this book! Thanks Paperbackswap!

  6. Nadia G. (gooldenpenguin) says:


  7. Rick R. says:

    sounds fun

  8. Rachel P. (racjam2) says:

    This book sound very interesting. I would to love to win it so I could read it. I love to read it is my favorite thing to do.

  9. Would love to win this one!

  10. Heather O. (heathereileenoquin) says:

    manhattan is full o’ ghosts

  11. SirryD says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. Sounds like a great read:-)

  12. Anita K. says:

    Oh what fun! I wasn’t aware of the contest. Sounds like a fun book and great way to receive it! Pick me, pick me!

  13. Lisa B. (bunnybee) , says:

    Great giveaway. Thanks!

  14. Megan P. says:

    Sounds fantastic.

  15. Jennifer M. (minnema5) says:

    My son & daughter would love this book!
    I too did not know about Free Book Friday!
    Will have to make sure I check this out!

  16. Miranda G. (Miranda) says:

    I had no clue about Free Book Friday! Awesome contest. Would love to read this one.

  17. Oswaldo Reyes says:

    Ghost of Manhattan , After reading a small paragraph about what the book is about ,, i must say i would love to read this book. I think i read this book in 1 day . Please pbs give me the opportunity to enjoy this one.

  18. Carrie J. (akalawolf) , says:

    Pick me for the free book.

  19. Carolyn G. (demifess) says:

    That’s an awesome idea for a free book contest. Thanks to paperbackswap for giving all of us a chance to win this book. As a New Yorker myself I think it would be an interesting book to read.

  20. Martha R. (mmrichey) says:

    What a cool idea! The book sounds really good as well. I love trying new authors so I hope I win!!

  21. T. L. C. (TLC) says:

    FREE BOOK FRIDAY, what a Novel Idea! 😉

  22. Penny B. (azcopperpenny) says:

    Works for me

  23. Candylee D. (musehere) says:

    Sounds like a fun book. Was not aware of free book Friday prior to this.

  24. Heather M. (heathermac) says:

    What a fun idea!

  25. Katrina A. (katkish) says:

    Sounds interesting!

  26. Sara S. (sarakay55121) says:

    Oh yes, pick me.

  27. Tracy S. (mickeycat) says:

    The words “seductive” and “Financial Analyst” in the same sentence? Count me in!

  28. Gregg B. says:

    I did not know about Free Book Friday until moments ago. PICK ME!! PICK ME!!
    Thank you.

  29. Ethel B. says:

    Wasn’t aware of Free Book Friday until just now. Great idea!

  30. Tina L. (collegelibrarian) says:

    I would love to win!

  31. Megan M. (megvn) says:

    Just discovered Free Book Friday. This book looks interesting!

  32. Jamie R. (PhoenixFire) says:


  33. Mandy D. (MLLoudRed) says:

    My husband would love this– he loves movies like “Boiler Room”

  34. Jenni S. Leal says:

    Thanks for free Fridays.

  35. Shari H. (roadrunr61) says:

    I hope this hasn’t been going on long, I wouldn’t want to have missed getting a free book!

  36. Rebecca W. says:

    I didn’t know about this!! Looks like a good one!

  37. Betty D. (bettyatlanta) says:

    As a financial advisor, I can tell you, this is not far off the mark!

  38. Donna C. (karmagirl) , says:

    Sounds like an interesting book!

  39. Christopher C. (harbrov) says:

    Wow I had no Idea there was a free book friday! I want to WIN!

  40. Ryan R. says:

    I would totally review this book.

  41. Anne B. says:

    Love to hear about new books. Can’t wait to read this one.

  42. Amanda J. (mssluna02) says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen Free Book Friday. Excited I was able to enter!

  43. HELEN VOSE neleh , says:

    I would sooo love to win.

  44. TinkerPirate says:

    Yippie!!! Yes, please and thank you!

  45. Amanda Sandy says:

    Pick me, pick me!!

  46. Janice B. (jbilly) says:

    This would be different from my usual read but it sounds like a fun read. Thanks.

  47. Kathryn W. (mermaidkt) says:


  48. Kim Ehrenhaft says:

    You can never have too many books … 😉

  49. Helen D. says:

    Sounds so interesting. Please enter me in this contest I just learned about!

  50. Lori L. (keywestlori) , says:

    I just checked out a great review from your blog on books being made into movies, great info! Now I want to be sure and read them before the movies come out. I didn’t know there were so many categories for the blog that would be of interest to me, thanks PBS!

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