A CONFLICT OF INTEREST by MJ Greene

A CONFLICT OF INTEREST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The frightening odyssey of a business executive who went to work in Afghanistan and ended up fighting a personal war against corruption.

Afghanistan is a land of “horror and beauty,” Greene writes in her debut memoir about her three-year sojourn in the war-ravaged nation. When the Australian native landed in Kabul in 2007 at age 37, she yearned for adventure, so she took a job as a general manager for a company providing supplies to defense organizations. Her naïve enthusiasm quickly gave way to the brutal realities of working in Afghanistan: suicide bombings, rocket attacks, widespread criminality and rampant corruption. Shortly after starting her job, Greene suspected that someone within the company was selling alcohol illegally on the black market; worse still, she found out that she had been set up as the scapegoat. Due to Afghanistan’s perfidious legal system, not only was Greene’s career at risk, but also her freedom—and possibly her life. As a result, she faced a soul-torturing dilemma—look the other way or uncover the truth—and she chose to fight back. This tautly written book is filled with mind-twisting intrigue as Greene recounts how she secretly gathered evidence to expose the conspiracy. Her story contains all the suspense of a mystery novel, but readers may find it all the more unnerving since it happened to a real-life, honest person. Readers will be forced to ask themselves: What would I do? The author’s courageous actions led to a purge in the company, but being a whistle-blower came at a heavy price. Even after the company took corrective action, Greene feared retaliation from angry bootleggers, as the alcohol trade in Afghanistan is similar to that in America during Prohibition—a treacherous world with people willing to do anything to control a lucrative market. Greene, in this fine memoir, shows that her keen sense of intuition and unwavering belief in what she thought was right proved to be her greatest survival tools.

A harrowing, inspiring true story of a woman caught in a cesspool of corruption who refused to become dirty herself.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1491709306
Page count: 270pp
Publisher: iUniverse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2014




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