From the author of Perfect Sting and Identity Theft Protection comes this strikingly original and sophisticated satire on the complexities of the financial industry. Incomprehensibly convoluted trails of paperwork have allowed banks to build empires on foundations of money that don't actually exist, leading to the world's credit crunch. Crawford, from the inside, paints a picture unlike one we have ever seen: 'Sitting Duck' loans, 'Sophisticated Investors'; a steady flow of industry jargon makes Contaging as authentic as it is grotesquely farcical. Surging forward with the audacity echoed by the very industry it parodies, Crawford's surreal tale is populated with a weird and whacky collection of monstrously venal and amoral characters. It is an indictment of the lunacy embodied in allowing the world's most avaricious people to have so much power over the global economy. And it has the flavour of real life. Enter a world where the complexities of financial machinations are all part of the joke. See the financial industry as you've never seen it before. You may not like what you see, but you'll enjoy the ride.