n.— «Paul E. Erdman, a writer of best-selling novels of financial intrigue who began his literary career in a Swiss jail, where he was being held in connection with the collapse of the Swiss bank he ran, died Monday of cancer, his family said, at his ranch in Healdsburg in Northern California. He was 74. An economist and former Lutheran seminarian, Erdman was widely regarded as having popularized financial fiction, a genre he affectionately called fi-fi. Among his best-known novels are “The Billion Dollar Sure Thing’”The Crash of ’79” and “The Panic of ’89.”» —“Paul Erdman wrote novels of finance” by Margalit Fox Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California) Apr. 25, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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