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Norb Vonnegut
Norb Vonnegut
"If anybody can turn international finance and hedge funds into a riveting thriller, it's Norb Vonnegut." (Jeffery Deaver) When the money talks…I listen. And I write about what happens behind the scenes in the bare-knuckled world of finance. THE TRUST, THE GODS OF GREENWICH, TOP PRODUCER.


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Jan. 15, 2013 8:32 pm
The second anniversary of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is being held on Saturday, January 26 from noon until 8 pm. If you're in Indianapolis that day, please drop by. 

I'll be speaking from 4 pm to 5 pm. Very excited about this event! You can find more details here: The Emelie Building340 N. Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204  Read More
Jan. 14, 2013 9:28 pm
I recently finished The Racketeer by John Grisham and understand, yet again, why his stories are appointment reading. There's only one word to describe his most recent novel. Magnificent. You can find a synopsis elsewhere. I liked The Racketeer for many reasons. But two in particular come to mind: 1. Grisham is the master of believable plot twists. When this one comes, it reveals the...  Read More
Jan. 4, 2013 4:52 pm
I was listening to Portishead while working on a new novel. All I can say is their song, Glory Box, sets the mood perfectly for one of my chapters.  Read More
Dec. 11, 2012 8:22 am
Whom You Know is one of my favorite sites on the web. It features the best of Manhattan. It's my first stop when I'm looking for a good restaurant. Recently, Peachy interviewed me for her column, Movers and Shakers. No holds barred. We covered everything, Here's one example, but I recommend that you check out the full column: Peachy Deegan: What is the first thing you wrote and what do you...  Read More
Nov. 22, 2012 8:47 am
Many thanks to my friend, Ned Skinner, for sending a jar of "Cherry Man" maraschinos. Cherry Man is the only brand for mixing the perfect Manhattan. For your Thanksgiving pleasure, I'm posting my favorite recipe: 3/4 oz sweet vermouth 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey 1 dash Angostura® bitters 1 Cherry Man maraschino 1 twist orange peel Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with two...  Read More
Nov. 20, 2012 8:09 am
I'm a huge football fan, and in my opinion there's nothing like a good quarterback controversy. Mark Sanchez versus Tim Tebow, for example. The thing is--I never expected a personnel controversy to work its way into the Grove O'Rourke series. Wait a minute. There's no football in my writing. Perhaps the better analogy is Ginger or Mary Ann. In Mr. President Grove's partner, Zola, steps up....  Read More
Oct. 24, 2012 8:48 am
Here is the idea. I'm happiest when I am out talking with people. All people, the more the better. When I travel I eat lunch, go out for coffee, or relax over a glass of wine at the end of the day. So I'm going to invite readers and anyone else who wants to talk to meet me for lunch (coffee, drinks...). I will post times and places on Facebook/Norb.Vonnegut.Books . I hope I get a chance to meet...  Read More
Oct. 19, 2012 1:17 pm
I recently disappeared into the world of Defending Jacob , and the experience was nothing short of delicious. William Landay has written a treasure of a novel, one that I won't forget any time soon. It's hard to add to the numerous accolades. Like others, I didn't foresee most of the plot twists. Andy Barber's father, for example, was a real gotcha. Like others, I found the characters...  Read More
Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 am
Many, many thanks to Peachy Deegan at Whom You Know. Peachy and her team selected The Gods of Greenwich for their celebratory 500th post in the Read This category. They absolutely raved about Jimmy Cusack's big adventure in the center of the hedge fund universe: You can always count on Norb for new and creative ways to murder people, not literally speaking of course but in the...  Read More
Oct. 19, 2012 9:49 am
These days, when I'm not speaking about Mr. President or The Trust , I'm working on two projects. The first is a non-fiction book, which reads like a corporate version of Cane and Abel. Although this time—the two men run afoul of the Department of Justice. Details to follow at a time to be determined. I'm also researching characters for a new Grove O'Rourke thriller. You might wonder, How...  Read More
Oct. 19, 2012 7:02 am
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22...." The New York Times ran a story today entitled " Missouri Political Donor Thrives With No Limits ." At the heart of the article is the $2,500 Federal cap on contributions to political campaigns. Legal and legislative challenges to contribution limits are already proliferating at the state level and federally. This month, the Republican...  Read More
Oct. 12, 2012 7:29 am
A heartbeat away? No, actually. My new Grove O'Rourke thriller, Mr. President, is here now. It's a short eBook available online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Mr. President is pure fiction ... but worth reading before you vote. What happens when greed collides with blind ambition? In this short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Grove O’Rourke discovers how far powerful...  Read More
Oct. 8, 2012 8:37 pm
This year I attended Bouchercon for the first time. Cleveland was a blast. I spent one evening hanging out with Jeffery Deaver , John Gilstrap , Taylor Stevens and several other fabulous authors. In the photo below, I'm standing next to Taylor Stevens who won the prestigious Barry Award for The Informationist --which I'm reading now and enjoying immensely. Congratulations, Taylor!  Read More
Oct. 1, 2012 1:15 pm
My new, short eBook is available at Barnes&Noble and Amazon for $1.99.MR. PRESIDENT is pure fiction … Read on your Nook, Kindle, iPad, other tablet, computer or phone. What happens when greed collides with blind ambition? In this short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Grove O’Rourke discovers how far powerful adversaries will go to push their political agendas. The prize: the...  Read More
Sep. 30, 2012 7:25 pm
I had a great time with my new friends from the Barrington Book Club last Thursday. We discussed The Trust, fiscal malfeasance, you name. Many thanks for the warm welcome. Personally--I'm beginning to think that "book clubs" are a good excuse to host Super Bowl parties every month. Am I right?  Read More
Sep. 27, 2012 7:27 am
Last year, I had the good fortune to attend the Harvard-Lafayette football game in Easton, Pennsylvania. After the game I spoke with Lafayette alumni and members of the team about my last novel, The Gods of Greenwich. A special thank you to my good friend, Jack Bourger, for arranging the day. There's nothing like watching the Leopards play at home. Coach Frank Tavani runs a terrific program,...  Read More
Sep. 24, 2012 7:19 pm
Rhode Island has great independent bookstores. Wakefield Books is one of them--a terrific destination for anyone living in South County. The store is also in my home court. During the summer, I spent an afternoon signing copies of The Trust. Here's a photo of Bob and me at the event.  Read More
Sep. 23, 2012 8:06 pm
Yesterday, I spent the evening with a book club in Narragansett. What's better than wine, guacamole, and good friends? Many thanks, Betty, for inviting me to discuss The Trust. What fun.Your club is terrific, and I hope everybody made it back to New Hampshire okay.  Read More
Sep. 10, 2012 8:24 pm
Many thanks to Peachy Deegan , who forwarded these two NYC photos of Grove cranes. Peachy's knowledge of everything Manhattan never fails to amaze me. Note to readers: Grove O'Rourke has done well in these markets, but not that well. The overlap in names is pure coincidence. No corporate takeover by America's favorite stockbroker.  Read More
Sep. 5, 2012 6:07 am
" Whom You Know " is a terrific website that profiles the best of Manhattan. Peachy Deegan and her team review everything: restaurants, places to shop, books, you name it. Recently, Whom You Know discussed The Trust . Here are a few excerpts from what Peachy had to say. Today, we highly recommend his [Norb's] latest and greatest: The Trust. As the protagonist, Grove continues to encounter and...  Read More
Aug. 22, 2012 6:10 am
I had never heard the word "doppelnamer" until I read Carrie Kirby's terrific article in today's SF Chronicle. Google's not only changing the way we live. It's changing the way we speak. Hint: "doppelnamer" is a condition, sort of, but has nothing to do with medical ailments. Norb Vonnegut has worked hard to make a name for himself in fiction - or at least, his share of a name. Vonnegut faces...  Read More
Aug. 22, 2012 5:47 am
I love photos from friends and readers!  Read More
Aug. 19, 2012 8:05 pm
Here are two more photos from Charleston, otherwise known as "The Holy City." I mention both of these locations in my new novel, The Trust. Coming soon: Bong sightings on Sullivan's Island.  Read More
Aug. 7, 2012 6:15 am
Yesterday, I posted a picture of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, which connects Charleston, SC to Mt. Pleasant. I also offered viewers a chance to win a free copy of The Trust by identifying the problem with the photo. Today, I've attached two new pictures of places in The Trust.  Read More
Aug. 6, 2012 8:37 pm
Over the past few days, I received two nice reviews of The Trust and am linking to the websites here. Read Me Deadly O'Rourke's investigation of the Catholic Fund spawns a kidnapping and scenes that would fit right into Quentin Tarantino's movie. Now there's a thought! I think Pulp Fiction is one of my top ten favorite movies of all time. Afford Anything I read it the first half...  Read More
Aug. 6, 2012 8:09 pm
I'm back from my book tour through Charleston, SC. While touring the "Holy City," I took a few photos of places mentioned in The Trust and will be posting them over the next few days. I'll mail a signed copy of The Trust to the first person who can figure out what's wrong with this picture of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.  Read More
Aug. 5, 2012 6:17 am
You'll love The Trust . Just ask my niece's daughter. Uh-oh.  Read More
Jul. 21, 2012 11:19 am
On Wednesday of last week, a monsoon hit New York City while I was launching The Trust at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. It was impossible to find a cab, and the subways were flooding. My sister and her significant other made the party thanks to a guy on a bicycle rickshaw, who agreed to take them halfway across town. The streets were a mess. A large number of intrepid friends...  Read More
Jul. 16, 2012 7:36 am
Stocks and Shell Games Down South ‘The Trust,’ by Norb Vonnegut By JANET MASLIN | Published: July 15, 2012 Norb Vonnegut is the seriously underappreciated author of three glittery thrillers about fiscal malfeasance. This may not sound like a red-hot franchise, but he has made it one. With “Top Producer” (2009), “The Gods of Greenwich” (2011) and now “The Trust,” he is three for three...  Read More
Jul. 4, 2012 9:43 am
The ONS Foundation recently invited me to serve as the auctioneer at their annual fundraising dinner. Bottom line--the event was a blast. But I'm not giving up my day job any time soon. The foundation is a terrific organization dedicated to improving the standards of excellence for the treatment of muskoskeletal disorders. It was an honor to help them out for the evening. Here's more info on...  Read More
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