Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:11

Find out why they call this man The Mink.

[from Chapter 8]

At another investment firm in a different city, a man paced in front of his corner office window. He touched a hand to his long stringy black hair larded up with gel and felt the familiar hardness all around for the helmet it was. For the shiny helmet, for his ferret-like appearance and for his ability to slither into and out of the murky waters of gray market finance virtually unnoticed, he was called the Mink. As he looked back to his desk the phone lit up noiselessly, signaling an incoming call. Noting the caller ID, the man snapped it up. “What?”

“I was told you called,” the voice on the other end of the line said.

“I called your office three hours ago. Is this how you treat one of your biggest investors?”

“I’m a little busy today, running the world’s largest producer of fiberglass.”

“You can’t be working that hard today,” the Mink said. “Your limp stock is only up a penny since the opening bell on about,” he glanced at one of the many monitors lining his control room, “thirty trades.” Contempt dripped from his lips.

Justin Lowe, a brilliant young securities analyst specializing in international finance, is searching for purpose in a soulless world of wealth. Despite his uncanny ability to spot lucrative patterns, he is seduced by the prospect of a new career that isn’t what it appears. Between ocean-hopping adventures looking for treasure in the untamed frontier markets of the developing world, he sees hope for personal salvation in the form of a shimmering Iranian political refugee whose past is as complex as his own.

However, his globe-trotting exploits in search of windfall profits end when he is framed by his manager and an ex-colleague. Desperately trying to avoid prison, he races across the world to uncover the truth about his betrayers. Along the way, he unearths a nuclear-exporting scheme that topples a regime and takes away the one person who has given his life new meaning. In order to honor the woman he loves, Justin must forego his unbridled ambition and sacrifice a financial fortune.

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