When evidence surfaces in London and Milan of a billion dollar conspiracy at the heart of the world's financial system, the chief suspects are a government banker, the Mafia and a merchant bank. Undercover agent, Sarah Jensen finds herself in a "nest of vipers".
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The Perfect Financial Crime
"What is the most spectacular financial crime that could be committed?" This was a question that occurred to me in my previous job as a banker. After graduating from Oxford I worked in New York and then London, pursuing deals across Europe and coming into contact with high financiers, politicians and crooks. The scope for crime was immense. One day I sat down and tried to think like a criminal. How would I make a fortune? How could I bridge the gap between the City and the world at large off which it feeds? The result of these musings was Nest of Vipers, a novel in which I show the links between governments, central banks, and crime, and the role that the intelligence services now have in business and finance. The City is a perfect cover for spies.
Not long after Nest of Vipers appeared the subject of financial crime attracted international attention thanks to Nick Leeson and the downfall of Barings Bank. More recently dissaffected British agents have begun to reveal the links between the security services and the banks with allegations that MI6 had a mole in the Bundesbank and that the Russians were spying on banks in the City of London. All this makes Nest of Vipers even more topical now than when it first appeared.From the Back Cover:
Sarah Jensen – smart, ambitious, and beautiful – is one of the most successful currency traders in London. When the Governor of the Bank of England invites her to his office explaining that he suspects someone at the notoriously cut-throat inter-continental bank of corrupt trading practices, she's not entirely surprised. When he asks her to go 'undercover' for him, working at the bank to discover the source, the challenge proves too hard to resist, and Sarah agrees to go along.
She soon uncovers clues to an illegal scheme reaping multimillion dollar profits for a small group of corrupt traders, and begins secretly gathering evidence to expose it. But when two people close to her are murdered, Sarah realises that there's much more at stake than meets the eye, and that the extent of the fraud she's discovered goes way beyond the world of merchant banking...
Combining high-speed suspense with authentic financial detail, Linda Davies brilliantly conveys the seductive world of high-stakes dealmaking. 'Nest of Vipers' is a gripping debut thriller.
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