The truth now though, was the euphoria had gone. Everything here conspired to bring you down. This hell-hole in the pits of Siberia; it was supposed to be one of the world’s great cities, but it was derelict and run-down, the people undernourished, drab of dress. Drunks sprawled comatose across the squares and public parks, driving all the decent people away. The crooks carried Kalashnikov openly on the streets and did’t give a stuff for the police. Half of them were the police anyway.
“The dragon teaches you that if you want to climb high you have to do it against the wind.”
Jack has the key, the key to bringing down an entire Chinese Crime Dynasty and he doesn’t even know it!
They say never a lend money to a friend and Tyneside Lawyer, Jack is learning fast that his £50k loan to old Ozzie pal, Gerry Montrose has made him a target for not only the notorious Triads gang, but also the Honk Kong Police.
Jack returns to his old stomping ground – a jittery Hong Kong where old school tie shudders at the dark cloud of Communism hovering over the peak.
But, where exactly is Gerry? Rumour is he fled Hong Kong for Manilla with a Russian hostess, apparently smitten.
But in Hong Kong polite smiles hide forked tongues and effusiveness often accompanies a knife in the back – who can he trust, who should he believe? Does Mr Ma really have his back? Jack finds himself in deep water, particularly when friends who were helping him start getting bumped off.
Jack begins to suss out that along with Gerry, some government secrets have also gone missing. The Triads want them first.
His search for Gerry takes him all over South East Asia and finally into Russia with a former lover, Diana as an uneasy bedfellow in his hunt for Gerry and for answers.
Diana Lundy is provocative but dangerous, a woman who seems to have a finger in every fortune cookie. Diana is about to light the blue touchpaper.
Fast burning action leads to an explosive ending.
Could the bizarre, inexplicable events that follow be linked to the case? Is the murderer really seeking revenge from beyond the grave? Or can a more rational explanation be found in the form of Max Kaliostri, the megalomaniac rock star and illusionist whose belief in black magic is only outweighed by his belief in himself?
Jack begins to spiral into the unknown and his only certainty is that someone or something is determined to get him, and that they will stop at nothing to succeed.
Jack Lauder, a man of simple pleasures, is a successful lawyer who enjoys nothing more than a climb in the mountains and a good old competitive game of chess. But he’s about to be dragged into a deadly world of deception, where truth and fiction become inseparable, and the life he knew will be changed forever.
The battle for his sanity begins when his wife, Rachel, dies after a tragic climbing accident during a snowstorm. He has found it hard to mourn her loss because her body was never recovered. Now, the question of her existence taunts him as she continues to appear before him. His sense of reality is on the verge of collapse, but right now that’s the least of his worries …
Somebody has a very personal vendetta against Jack and he must put all the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out why he’s being framed. He finds himself caught up in a web of drug-smuggling and murder. In a haze of confusion, Jack will have to think several moves ahead to survive this hostile game against an opponent who will stop at nothing until Jack is annihilated.