The Immortal Part by Christopher Wakling

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Thirteen days ago I made a mistake. A momentary slip, but enough to launch me into freefall, a life unraveling in my wake. There Lewis Penn's story begins. A rising young lawyer at a prominent London firm, Lewis has a problem: while working on a deal for a Ukrainian company, he mistakenly takes a file containing sensitive information-potentially devastating to the Ukrainians if it becomes public, and career-ending for Lewis if his mistake is revealed. As he tries to undo his misstep, Lewis's calculated deceptions drag him by increments into a deeper, more perilous hole, culminating in a frantic trip to America during which he leaves a woman, badly injured, at the side of the road.

The only person Lewis believes he can trust with the truth is his brother, Dan, who is dying in a hospice back in England. But Lewis soon discovers that Dan has been telling his own lies. Lewis's predicament forces him headlong into Dan's secret life, and into a psychological labyrinth of his own making, where it becomes impossible to tell fact from fiction. As the brothers' lives and illusions blur, and then unravel, their deceptions are revisited upon them with stunning consequences.

An addictive study of a modern everyman driven to desperate extremes, The Immortal Part marks the arrival of a fresh new voice in literary suspense.

About Christopher Wakling

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Published April 14, 2003 by Riverhead Hardcover. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Too late, Lewis realizes he’s already copied the suspect folder and messengered it to M&V’s branch in Washington, from which his efforts to retrieve it will land him in trouble that will deepen and broaden until it involves not only the police on two continents but also, rather improbably, bedrid...

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A nightmarish scenario unfolds as Penn, unwilling to admit his initial mistake, takes desperate measures to retrieve the incriminating file from Washington and smooth things over with the increasingly irate UKI bosses.

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He is a junior lawyer at Madison & Vane, a very prominent English firm, helping one of the senior attorneys working on a brief that would advise UKI on the refinancing of two of its subsidiaries through U.S. investors.

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