A Shark Out of Water (John Putnam Thatcher Mystery)

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9780061044601: A Shark Out of Water (John Putnam Thatcher Mystery)

The deal was murder

A megabucks investment opportunity draws financier/sleuth John Putnam Thatcher to the decaying Polish port if Gdansk, where a killing can be made if the busy canal there is rebuilt--long a dream of maverick Baltic business official Stefan Zabriski. But cutthroat politicking and partying among multinational shippers, bankers, and ecologists can be costly, and fatal, for Zabriski turns up dead after a serious champagne bash. Drawn into a sticky merger of power games, crooked commerce, and international intrigue, Thatcher must speculate on a deal more lethal that any he's ever seen on Wall Street.

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At first glance, a banker-as-private eye seems a less than scintillating choice for a mystery novel's hero, but it doesn't take long for Emma Lathen's protagonist, John Putnam Thatcher, to win the reader's heart and mind in Shark Out of Water. Putnam, a Wall Street banker, is in Gdańsk trolling for new investment opportunities when a whistle-blowing member of a European consortium turns up dead. In the course of solving the murder, Putnam also delivers a neat explanation of international finance, which is nearly as fascinating as the crime itself. Money, murder, and an exotic setting--Lathen delivers the goods with style and panache.

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Most murder mysteries are played out on a rather small stage. This murder is an international incident involving players from much of northern Europe. Still, it moves in the classic pattern, right down to the scene of explanations at the end for the sake of the reader who may have failed to follow all the twists of the plot. Garrick Hagon takes the listener through the story effortlessly with the firm touch of a seasoned professional. Both text and reading are characterized by workaday competence rather than any special flair, but devoteés of the John Putnam Thatcher series should be well satisfied. J.N. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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