A man’s thirst for power has serious consequences for shadowy American power brokers in Sinclair’s debut thriller.
A multimillion-dollar scam leaves CEO Michael Berg in the red and effectively crushes his London-based company, BOS. Tereza, a mysterious Hungarian woman, tells him that the man responsible for his loss, Jay Rivello, also bankrupted her father, who killed himself. As they set their sights on Rivello, he’s in the middle of blackmailing the newly appointed Federal Reserve Bank chairman, Elisabeth Kennedy, into refusing a bank’s bailout. This, in turn, incites the wrath of the influential Bilderberg Group, which is willing to take drastic measures to remove her from her position. Sinclair’s novel begins as a mystery—Tereza, for example, initially leaves Michael a coded message—but most of the secrets are revealed early, paving the way for a thriller rife with suspense. Michael soon finds himself shadowed by Russian operatives, and there are copious chase scenes, on foot, in cars and even in bobsleds; as one character is kidnapped, another is arrested for murder. Although the story initially focuses on Michael and Tereza, Elisabeth eventually takes center stage, and her subplot proves to be just as much of a roller-coaster ride. Despite the nonviolent, white-collar crime at the center of the narrative, there’s a surprisingly high body count, and the intricate story eventually includes cocaine suppliers, successful and unsuccessful assassination plots, and an investment banker chairman with a cringeworthy penchant for young ladies. There are also noteworthy secondary characters—such as Svetlana, whose team trails Michael, and Tatiana, a Russian cop looking for the people who killed her sister—who could easily carry their own novels.
A fast-paced thriller full of action, murder and betrayal.