A private plane takes off from London with two passengers aboard only to crash into the icy, blank mountains of the Alps, setting off an investigation that will expose corruption in the most elite financial institutions.
One victim, Matthew Werner, was an international banker who had moved to Geneva with his wife, Annabel, hoping to make quick money. His death stuns Annabel, of course, who fears that Matthew may have been having an affair with the second passenger, Fatima Amir, a gorgeous hedge fund investor with ties to the corrupt Syrian regime. Matthew's role as Amir's personal banker raises further questions about whether his employer, Swiss United Bank, has taken on criminal clients. Yet Annabel begins to doubt the police’s explanation of the crash and begins looking for answers herself. A late-night visit from Zoe, Matthew’s administrative assistant, further fuels her suspicions. Was Matthew complicit? Or was he preparing to blow the whistle? Meanwhile, investigative journalist Marina Tourneau, on vacation in Paris with her fiance, Grant Ellis—a well-connected investment banker whose father is preparing to run for president of the United States—receives a call from her boss, Duncan, who needs her to smuggle home a USB with encrypted data that might indeed reveal the financial secrets of the posh banking world, including those of Swiss United. When Duncan turns up dead, Marina steps up to investigate. Alger (This Was Not the Plan, 2016) has crafted a sharp, compelling thriller. Annabel's and Marina’s investigations stretch from Geneva to New York to London to the Cayman Islands, from mysterious millionaires to morally questionable CEOs. While Annabel uncovers Swiss United’s corporate secrets, Marina, with the help of fellow journalists, stealthily searches the smuggled data, piecing together money laundering schemes and shady coverups. As the women's lines of detection converge, the villains’ hackles rise. Shadowy figures in dark cars stalk Marina, burglars trash Annabel’s apartment, and no one is safe.
This brisk, tense page-turner will mesmerize fans of international mysteries.