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Summary

Meet Arshile Grekov. A reclusive Russian oligarch, he lives in Holland Park in exceptional opulence after successfully extricating his gigantic fortune from Russia. He is deeply worried. His doctors are confounded by his slowly failing health, and his beloved son, a loud, druggy, dissolute Etonian, is secretly involved with a white-Russian princess. As a former spy, he knows he will always remain of intense interest to the paranoid Russian government.

When Grekov's private security force is infiltrated, he turns to former MI5 agent Tony Underwood to prevent further mischief.

©2016 Joseph Clyde (P)2016 Oakhill Publishing

Critic reviews

"Layers of violence, deception and moral confusion: the oligarchs, the mafia, the ruthless vulgarity of today's have-it-all Russians...sardonic, sharply paced...a page-turner...in the tradition of John Le Carré and Frederick Forsyth...manipulative sex, the inventively coarse language and brisk changes of scene...." (The Times)
"Echoes of Frederick Forsyth and Gerald Seymour, you're...reminded of French or Russian literary fiction in this suavely cynical novella, which is resolved cleverly." (Sunday Times)
"Sit back in wonderment and enjoy this romp around a parallel universe that exists - I assure you, it does. [Joseph Clyde] serves up a treat of acute observation and dead-pan humour that testifies to a highly-informed eye." (Independent)

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