Slow-paced thriller

2011-09-14 00:00

JOURNALIST Luca Terracini is in Baghdad, Iraq, ­investigating a series of bank robberies during which millions of dollars in American Aid are stolen.

Luca gets some help in the form of a Uniyed Nations accountant, Daniela Garner, who is investigating the whereabouts of funds that were provided to the Iraqi government, in part, for the reconstruction of a sports stadium which was never carried out. They are evicted from Iraq by the government and their investigations lead them to London.

In London, ex-policeman Vincent Ruiz rescues Holly Knight from a seemingly abusive boyfriend in a pub. When he wakes up in the morning, he discovers that he has been drugged and robbed, and Holly is nowhere to be seen. Holly has stolen a precious hair comb that Vincent wants to give to his daughter as a wedding present, so he sets off in pursuit of the thief only to become involved in a world of spies, international terrorism, money laundering and assassins that Holly has inadvertently stumbled into.

In London, heavily pregnant Elizabeth North is desperately searching for her banker husband who suddenly goes missing. A ­private investigator’s ­photo-graphs reveal that shortly ­before his disappearance while Elizabeth was away, her husband, North, had taken home a woman. This woman is Holly who drugs and robs him too. Unfortunately for Holly, this time her scheme has backfired, and she is being pursued by a deadly assassin wanting a notebook that he believes Holly stole from North.

The blurb on the back says that all these stories are connected, but it took most of the book to discover what the connection was, and I got a little frustrated waiting for that “aha” moment. On the front cover the story is described as “chilling and suspenseful”, but I had to try very hard not to lose interest and skip to the last chapter. I am normally not a reader of thrillers, so perhaps this book would appeal more to those who actively seek out such stories.

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