The Jackal's Share by Christopher Morgan Jones

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That enigmatic figure here is Iranian financier Darius Qazai, who has fostered the image of a generous, giving man with a spotless reputation. To this tycoon, that perceived quality is not only valued, it's critical. But, is it too good to be true?
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"Terrific news for fans of first-class thrillers." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR.org

A murder in a Tehran hotel leaves the London art world spinning. The deceased, beloved at home as a proud dealer in antiquities, now stands accused of smuggling artifacts out of Iran for sale in the West. But despite the triumphal announcements of the secret police, there is something perhaps too tidy in the official report—given that no artifacts have been recovered, no smuggling history discovered, no suspects found.

Half a world away, Darius Qazai delivers a stiring eulogy for his departed friend. A fabulously successful financier, Qazai has directed his life and wealth toward philanthropy, art preservation, and peaceful protest against the regime of his native Iran. His fortune, colossal; his character, immaculate. Pleasantly ensconced in the world of the London expatriate elite, Qazai is the last person anyone would suspect of foul play. Yet something ominous is disrupting Qazai’s recent business deals, some rumor from his past so frightening to his American partners that they will no longer speak to him.

So Qazai hires a respectable corporate intelligence firm to investigate himself and clear his reputation. A veteran of intelligence work in the former Soviet Union, Ben Webster soon discovers that Qazai’s pristine past is actually a dense net of interlocking half-truths and unanswered questions: Is he a respectable citizen or an art smuggler? Is his fortune built on merit or on arms dealing? Is he, after all, his own man? As he closes in on the truth of Qazai’s fortune—and those who would wish to destroy it—Webster discovers he may pay for that knowledge with the lives of his own family.

A vivid and relentless tale of murderous corporate espionage, The Jackal’s Share follows the money through the rotten alleys of Marrakech and the shining spires of Dubai, from the idyllic palaces of Lake Como to the bank houses of London’s City. The Jackal’s Share plunges readers into a Middle East as strange and raw as ever depicted, where recent triumphs rest uneasily atop buried crimes and monumental greed.

Christopher Morgan Jones's newest book, The Searcher, will be published by Penguin Press on March 22nd, 2016.


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About Christopher Morgan Jones

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For eleven years CHRIS MORGAN JONES worked at the world's largest business intelligence agency. He has advised Middle Eastern governments, Russian oligarchs, New York banks, London hedge funds, and African mining companies. The Silent Oligarch is his first novel.
 
Published February 21, 2013 by Penguin Books. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Guttridge on Feb 09 2013

The author is deft with all his characterisations but, in particular, he has created two genuinely chilling antagonists, one whose menace is horribly physical, the other whose seeming omniscience provides the threat.

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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Feb 21 2013

The fact that there's corruption aplenty around the globe and that Webster seems to have stamina in reserve is terrific news for fans of first-class thrillers.

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Reviewed by Jules Brenner on Mar 22 2013

That enigmatic figure here is Iranian financier Darius Qazai, who has fostered the image of a generous, giving man with a spotless reputation. To this tycoon, that perceived quality is not only valued, it's critical. But, is it too good to be true?

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