Deep in the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources sits a nondescript bureaucrat named Konstantin Malin. He draws a nominal government salary, but from his shabby office he controls half the nation's oil industry, making him one of the most wealthy and feared men in Russia. His public face is Richard Lock, a hapless money launderer bound to Malin by marriage, complacency, and greed. Lock takes the proceeds of his master's corruption, washes them abroad, and invests them back in Russia in a secret business empire.
"An Intelligent Captivating Thriller"
Journeying to Georgia for the funeral of a friend, a journalist who inexplicably committed suicide after publishing the expose of a lifetime, Ben Webster mysteriously disappears. As the country rumbles ominously with civil strife and Russian aggression, Ike Hammer rushes to Tbilisi to track down his missing friend. Once in Georgia, Hammer is forced to confront the country's tragic chaos: civilians bombed either by cruel Russian spies or by deceitful Georgian soldiers; violent riots instigated by amoral oligarchs or government saboteurs.