Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Trail of Money by Peter David Shapiro

Devastated by the death of his daughter, numbed by the dissolution of his marriage, and facing collapse of his management consulting firm, Harry West embarks on his personal journey out of emptiness and loss when he takes on a project in Hong Kong, to evaluate a business deal involving the son of one of the richest men in Asia. But the assignment is not what he expects. Instead, he is asked to uncover evidence of money laundering and corruption, evidence that will expose people who will stop at nothing to protect themselves. To discover the truth, Harry must draw on resources that he never knew he had. Along the way, Harry’s journey is shaped by two women in Hong Kong, an American journalist who is investigating the same business deal, and a long-lost love who comes back into his life. Both a gripping and evocative suspense novel about secrecy and corrupt dealings in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and a moving story about the bonds of love and memory, The Trail of Money keeps the reader guessing until the end.

The Trail of Money is a thrilling ride, from cover to cover.  Harry West just can't catch a break.  Still reeling with grief over the loss of his daughter and his crumbling marriage, he throws himself into his work.  He goes to China to evaluate a business deal with the son of one of the richest men in Asia.

However, that's not how it all goes down. Nothing is ever simple.  Unbeknown to Harry at the time, Edward Woo has connections to the Chinese Mob and is deeply involved in money laundering.  He has plans to take over his father's company and Harry finds himself barely treading water as he investigates. 

. The world-building is unique and complex, filled with wonderful, fully developed characters that have their own agendas. Harry is a very likable protagonist and Shapiro paints a vivid and detailed past and present that sets up a precarious future for Harry, unless he can overcome some personal issues.  But it's the adventure in finding the truth that overlaps everything and kept this reader riveted from cover to cover.  I highly enjoyed it!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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