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By Michael Robotham

The high-octane mystery hailed via David Baldacci as "chilling and suspenseful" and by means of Nelson Demille as "one of the easiest novels to come back out of the chaos in Iraq."

Billions of greenbacks are lacking from Iraqi banks, and journalist Luca Terracini will probability every thing to find the place it really is. His Iraqi-American historical past has made it more uncomplicated for him to infiltrate the darkest corners of the struggle, yet demise of his loved Nicola in a suicide bombing has made him reckless.

In pursuit of the money, he meets UN consultant Daniela Garner, who turns out to grasp extra concerning the heist than somebody. As Luca will get nearer, his activities start to reverberate round the world.

As traditional, it is all concerning the funds: who has it, who is misplaced it, and who is finally going to pay, as clandestine brokers emerge from the shadows and strong international locations search to regulate info and bury secrets and techniques, regardless of the price.

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One other girl? ” “That’s as a rule the way it occurs. ” past the fringe partitions, among the strands of razor cord, Luca can see a part moon striking within the evening sky. “How lengthy are you the following for? ” he asks. “I don’t comprehend. A month. might be . The incoming government—when they decide upon one—needs to understand the kingdom of Iraq’s funds. ” Daniela’s arm brushes opposed to his. “We’re utilizing particularly common software program. Accounting with a couple of extras. It collates funds, costs, coverage, that kind of factor. ” She hesitates. “I quite shouldn’t discuss it…” she alters the topic. “Do you consider leaving? ” “All the time. ” “Why? ” “People aren’t any longer. They’re uninterested in listening to approximately Iraq and Afghanistan, simply as they received uninterested in listening to approximately Vietnam, Watergate, the Iran–contra scandal, the worldwide monetary difficulty and the oil spill within the Gulf. ” Daniela tilts her head, learning him. “Did whatever take place at the present time? ” “I took a force to Mosul—following up on a narrative. It didn’t visit plan. ” “Meaning? ” “Two males died. ” “Journalists? ” “Haji. ” She shivers. now not from chilly. They discover a quiet nook of the living room with armchairs and a settee. Daniela desires a scorching chocolate. “I don’t be aware of if that’s a home area of expertise. ” “Maybe I’ll be stunned. ” He sits contrary her, his head clearer now. “You gained a Pulitzer Prize. ” “You Googled me. ” “I was once curious. Nosey. I shouldn’t have informed you that. Are you sobering up? ” “Yes. ” “Do you usually drink quite a bit? ” “No. ” Tucking her legs lower than her, she leans at the facet of the couch, resting her chin on her arms. “What made you return to Iraq? ” “I’m a conflict correspondent. this can be a battle. ” the answer's too flippant. She shall we him comprehend it and he attempts back, his voice a hoarse whisper. “I bet i wished to appreciate why this mess was once priceless within the first position. And why it’s useful now. transforming into up, I heard such a lot of tales approximately Iraq from my mom that I felt i would belong right here. ” “Is that since you don’t belong wherever else? ” The prescience of the statement rattles whatever inside of him. He blinks two times, relocating his mouth, yet no phrases pop out. A waiter arrives and promises their beverages. Daniela is keeping her mug in either arms. Her purple tongue seems, wetting her backside lip, and disappears back. For the subsequent hour they speak about Iraq, Afghanistan and different battle zones in his profession. As he tells her tales, Luca can suppose himself being drawn into the scene like an actor who forgets that he’s performing and the drama turns into his life—the trips to unhappy, violent locations; reporting at the top and worst of humans. “So a lot for me,” he says, no longer liking the way in which she’s taking a look at him, her neutrality, her silence, the best way her eyes appear to be probing him for weaknesses—not to harm him yet to determine the place he’s damaged. “Were you scared this present day? ” “Yes. ” “You’re unlike any journalist I’ve ever met. ” “How so? ” “You don’t appear very occupied with what you do or pushed to make your mark. ” “That’s simply because i'm wondering if I make issues worse via being the following.

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