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The Invisible Hand


A provocative new political thriller by Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced, spins a provocative drama about how fanatical devotion—whether it’s to the scripture or to the dollar—can often lead to devastating consequences. American banker Nick Bright finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when an Islamist militant group kidnaps him in Pakistan. When the United States won’t negotiate for his release, Nick offers to raise the $10 million ransom on his own by teaching his quick-tempered captor Bashir how to play the stock market. While Nick and Bashir clash over their worldviews, Bashir proves to be an adept student of capitalism. In a race against the clock to save his own life, Nick must ask: is the price of freedom something he’s willing to pay?

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