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A job he shouldn't have taken...
A woman he shouldn't have loved...
A secret he shouldn't expose...if he wants to live.

Nick Neumann had it all: a Harvard degree, a beautiful fiancée, a star-making Wall Street career. But behind the dazzling veneer of this golden boy is a man haunted by the brutal killing of his father seventeen years before.

Now chilling new evidence has implicated his father's employer, the United Swiss Bank, in the crime. Nick doesn't know how. Or why. But he has a plan to find out: move to Zurich. Work for the same bank. Follow in his father's footsteps. Look for the same secrets...and uncover something so shocking, so unexpected, justice may not be enough.

For as a circle of treachery tightens around him, as a woman with secrets of her own enters his life, Nick makes another chilling discovery. Not just about his father but about himself. And how far he's willing to go to find out what happened seventeen years before — when a man died and a conspiracy was born.

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"Fascinating...the tension crackles." People

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"Chilling detail, suspense and intrigue." The Denver Post

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"Reich keeps things moving at breakneck speed." The Wall Street Journal

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"Smart and sophisticated....Wonderfully credible." The New York Times

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"A sleek, deliriously overscaled wish-fulfillment fantasy perfectly judged to persuade you that all today's favorite enemies...are in bed together with the man who killed your father." Kirkus Reviews

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"The novel is definitely a male fantasy....This has almost all the elements of a best seller: murder, exotic locales, high finance, and danger, but there is surprisingly little sex; does the violence substitute?" Library Journal

About the Author

Christopher Reich was born in Tokyo and grew up in Los Angeles.  He worked in the private banking department of a major Swiss bank in Geneva before joining the bank's department of mergers and acquisitions in Zurich.  In 1995 he decided to pursue writing full-time.  He lives in Texas with his wife and child.

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augmendoza, July 15, 2007 (view all comments by augmendoza)
If Michael Bay wrote a book this would be it.

The characters are so cartoonish and cliche that Marvel Comics could have easily produced this cast:

The good guy: an ex-Marine recon with a Harvard MBA (he's not just a bad-ass, he's a smart bad-ass) whose character flaw is that he was dishonorably discharged for beating the shit out of a slimeball CIA operative who tried to maroon his recon unit after a secret assassination mission (like in Rambo II.)

The bad guy: a diabolical little Turkish Muslim who has designs on World domination [at least Israel] and a penchant for pickling people in a pool of formaldehyde.

The others: a zealous DEA agent who watched too many cowboy n' indian movies (think Chris Cooper), an amoral Soviet-era Army officer who auctions off Soviet-era weaponry for cash, and a fat-cat, greedy bank chairman.

Reich's treatment of the women is particularly atrocious. One of the women, the bank chairman's personal secretary, is slavishly devoted to her man and seems to have once been a strumpet passed amongst the Young Turk bank executives when the chairman was a young man (you may read it different, but Reich's narration often lacks clarity.) The main love interest of the story, Frau Sylvia, is a hard-charging block of ice who obviously melts into the arms of the rogue GI Joe-turned-banker. Without giving away the story, our gal has no problem sleeping her way to the top. I once almost thought Reich might have been trying to insert a morality tale about the glass ceiling for women but, alas, it was a ploy.

The dialog is often unintentionally funny - especially the sex scenes, Reich sounds like a refined meathead trying to write a Harlequin novel: " . . . her responding strut fired a bolt of hormonal lightning through his loins. Watching her remove the leather brassiere that supported her generous breasts, his mouth turned dry as the Gobi." (P. 321) AND "And her body took him to realms he had never before discovered." (P. 127.)

Reich also has an irritating habit of inserting the characters' thoughts and mannerisms directly into the narration, as if that character suddenly took over the narration for a brief moment.

All-in-all, I felt shortchanged by the advanced billing that this was some kind of peek into the world of secret Swiss banking. Beyond making wire transfers and storing documents the process of Swiss banking is largely uncovered by the novel.

I truly believe that when he wrote this novel Reich was already thinking "screenplay." When you consider that this guy was paid $2 million upfront for this freshman effort you know that the publisher was already thinking as much. All chapters end with minor cliffhangers and suspense is built in a paint-by-the-numbers fashion. As our hero is limping from the field of battle after fighting the good fight his compadre turns to him and ends the scene with this line: "You know we can get a good hamburger in this town?" - I've seen this movie ending before.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440225294
Author:
Reich, Christopher
Publisher:
Dell Publishing Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
International finance
Subject:
Switzerland
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Banks and banking
Subject:
Switzerland Fiction.
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
December 1998
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
6.92x4.21x1.33 in. .79 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Fascinating...the tension crackles."
"Review" by , "Chilling detail, suspense and intrigue."
"Review" by , "Reich keeps things moving at breakneck speed."
"Review" by , "Smart and sophisticated....Wonderfully credible."
"Review" by , "A sleek, deliriously overscaled wish-fulfillment fantasy perfectly judged to persuade you that all today's favorite enemies...are in bed together with the man who killed your father."
"Review" by , "The novel is definitely a male fantasy....This has almost all the elements of a best seller: murder, exotic locales, high finance, and danger, but there is surprisingly little sex; does the violence substitute?"
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