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Damnation / Peter Beck ; translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch.
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ISBN:
9781786073273
Publication Information:
London : Point Blank, an imprint of Oneworld Publications, 2018.
Physical Description:
466 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in German as Söldner des Geldes by Emons Verlag, 2013"--Title page verso.
Abstract:
"Dead clients are bad for business, something Tom Winter, head of security for a discrete Swiss private bank, knows all too well. After a helicopter explodes, leaving behind the charred bodies of a client and a colleague, he teams up with Fatima, a mysterious Egyptian businesswoman. Together they follow the money trail around the world and back into the Swiss mountains, the NSA watching their every move. When taciturn Winter, a former special forces commander, closes in on the truth, they turn from being the hunters to the hunted and realize they are in a deadly, high-stakes race against the clock."--Jacket.
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Dead clients are bad for business, something that Tom Winter, head of security at a private Swiss bank, knows only too well. When a helicopter explosion kills a valuable client and a close colleague, Winter teams up with the mysterious Egyptian businesswoman Fatima Hakim to expose the truth behind their deaths.Together they follow the money trail around the world and back into the Swiss mountains, the NSA watching their every move. As they start closing in on the truth, Winter and Fatima turn from being the hunters to the hunted, finding themselves in a deadly, high-stakes race against the clock.


Author Notes

Peter Beck studied Psychology, Philosophy and Economics in Bern, Switzerland, where he also gained a doctorate in Psychology. He was a cyclist in the Swiss Army, has a black belt in judo and an MBA from Manchester, UK. Today Peter Beck divides his time between writing the Tom Winter thrillers and helping businesses to shape their corporate culture. Damnation is his debut. He lives in Bern.Jamie Bulloch's translations include Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes, which was longlisted for the 2016 IMPAC award and the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke, which won the 2014 Schlegel-Tieck Prize. He lives in London.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Tom Winter, the head of security for a private Swiss bank, investigates a helicopter crash in the Swiss Alps in German author Beck's disappointing first novel and series launch. Among the dead is Muhammed Al-Bader, an important bank client and relative of the Saudi Arabian king. Tom determines that the crash was no accident when he detects explosive residue on material recovered from the helicopter. Al-Bader, who handled his wealthy family's investments, had many enemies, including those wanting to delay his project to build a nuclear power station in Cairo, American interests unhappy with Middle East countries turning to nuclear technology, and a troublesome relative. To unravel the conspiracy, Tom travels with Fatima Hakim, an attractive executive working for a client company of the bank, to Cairo, Norway, Boston, and Switzerland. At each destination, the two discover that someone knows their whereabouts and threatens their safety. Lengthy, unnecessary digressions and scenes that contribute nothing to the narrative mitigate the suspense. Agent: Tanja Howarth, Tonja Howarth Literary Agency (U.K.). (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

[DEBUT] Tom Winter heads security for a private Swiss bank with wealthy Middle Eastern clients. When his associate and lover and an important Saudi client die in a helicopter crash in the Alps, he quickly determines that they were murdered. Later, Winter and the Saudi's twin are attacked, but Winter manages to kill four assailants. It's increasingly clear that there is a mole at the bank, part of an international plot to get into a highly secure data center beneath a mountain in order to disrupt world financial markets. He teams up with a beautiful Egyptian CEO and they travel to Norway and the United States seeking to unravel this threat. Back in the Alps near the end, he manages a literal cliff-hanger while trying to defuse a bomb. Verdict Making his English-language debut, Beck has a doctorate in psychology, an MBA, and corporate experience to go with a judo black belt. This is the first in a projected series featuring Tom Winter. Although the book is too long and wordy, the action is fast-paced, the high-finance dealings ring true, and Winter is an impressively modern Bond figure.-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.