Securities attorney Susanna Sloane, widowed after thirty
years and now a divorcee, is seeing Ray Atherley, a Wall Street
Henry Wu, longtime acquaintance and Chinese government
official, invites her to visit Hong Kong to address its bar
association and stock exchange. He asks her to help the Chinese
government block drug traffickers’ use of the financial system
to launder drug money.
While in Hong Kong she experiences bizarre and unnerving
episodes that she refers to as “flashes.” They continue after
she returns to New York. With the help of a hypnotherapist to
determine their origin, she discovers that Wu had drugged and
raped her, and had taken nude photos of her.
Secretary of the Treasury Roger Howell invites her to
accompany an American delegation to Beijing. He hopes to use
her ties to the Chinese government to find out how they’ve
contrived to manipulate oil futures. In Beijing, she and Howell
begin an affair, threatening her relationship with Atherley and
disturbing her conscience.
Thwarted in their exploitation of oil futures markets, the
Chinese enlist Susanna to negotiate a new deal—development of
oil fields in Venezuela. She negotiates an agreement with the
Venezuelan vice president and his oil minister benefiting not
just the Chinese, but also the US.
Susanna solicits the help of her ex-husband Rusty Byers to
retrieve and destroy the photographs taken by Wu. With the aid
of a private investigator, they hire a member of the Russian
mafia with ties to Hong Kong. When there, they break into and
ransack Wu’s apartment.
The attempt turns deadly, spiraling out of control. This
leads to Susanna’s interrogation by Interpol. She denies
involvement when confronted with evidence of her fingerprints
found in the burned-out shell of Wu’s apartment.
Kiner's second novel,
Death Spiral, is also available for purchase.
About the Author
S. G. Kiner came to the law
after successful careers in advertising, copywriting, and
modeling, and a short-lived career in politics. Although she has
represented private clients, Ms. Kiner specializes in
ghostwriting for securities attorneys and consulting and
testifying as an expert witness in securities arbitration
hearings. She has authored countless briefs and memoranda on
securities issues ranging from stockbroker fraud, trading
irregularities, and various other securities law violations.