The stunning new thriller from 'the proud carrier of the flag first unfurled by John le Carre' (LEE CHILD)
'An espionage master' CHARLES CUMMING
'Timely and terrific' MICK HERRON
On a deserted road in Calabria, Greek aid worker Anastasia Cristakos is driving alone to visit one of the new refugee centres funded by billionaire Denis Hisami whom she has recently married. She slows down to greet two African migrants she recognises. Too late she realises they are not her friends. This is an ambush.
She manages a desperate phone call to Hisami before her Mafia kidnappers silence her with a powerful drug. Hours later she wakes up in the pitch dark on a container ship, powering eastwards across the Mediterranean.
Anastasia has been abducted and held hostage because Hisami has explosive information that his enemies have killed for and will kill for again. But Hisami can do nothing to save his wife. His time as a commander with the Kurdish Peshmerga has caught up with him. The US authorities have seized his passport and jailed him for possible terrorist activities in the past. For all his wealth, he is powerless.
Only one man can help him. Paul Samson, former MI6 agent and a genius at tracking missing persons. He's the obvious choice. There's only one snag. Samson was, and probably still is, in love with Anastasia. If he manages to locate and save her, will it be for Hisami - or himself?
At the start of this intricate tale of international financial skullduggery from Porter (Firefly), Anastasia Hisami, who's in Italy working with the Aysel Hisami Therapy Foundation, manages to leave a couple of cell phone messages for her husband, financier Denis Hisami, who's in Palo Alto, Calif., before she's kidnapped by two Italian gangsters. Anastasia later wakes up in a storage container on a cargo ship alongside two dead men. Before her abduction, she was also able to call her former British lover and ex-MI6 agent, Paul Samson, who now owns a restaurant in London and works as a private investigator. Denis hires Paul to find his wife, a task the investigator leaps at because he's still in love with Anastasia. Porter handles every aspect of the complicated plot, including the labyrinthine financial and political developments and the romantic triangle involving Anastasia, Denis, and Paul, with keen intelligence and compassion. Thriller readers looking for plenty of action, excellent writing, and credible, convincing characters will be rewarded.