Delacorte is definitely banking on this first novel, with domestic and foreign rights already sold. Featuring the ever-intriguing Swiss banking system of numbered accounts, Reich's thriller focuses on the ethical issues of the origin and funding activities of huge "anonymous" sums. Enter ex-Marine Nicholas Neumann, who arrives at United Swiss Bank, his father's employer, to solve his murder 17 years ago when Nick was a child. Nick's quest throws him into an international web of hostile takeovers, drugs, and arms sales (including a nuclear weapon). A potential problem is the stereotypic portrayal of the primary villain as a ruthless Muslim. The novel is definitely a male fantasy, for after he conquers all, Neumann returns to the States to reclaim the fiancee who dropped him when he left for Zurich. This has almost all the elements of a best seller: murder, exotic locales, high finance, and danger, but there is surprisingly little sex; does the violence substitute? For public libraries with a large demand for thrillers. From LJ.
Having worked in a bank most of my career it is interesting to see what goes on in the Chairman's office where all the big decisions are made. Also, being familiar with money laundering and other rules that banks must follow regarding cash transfers, made a lot of what happens very familiar to me in real life. Nick Neumann is the main character. Half Swedish, he first works on Wall St. and then transfers to a Swedish bank so he can investigate his father's death. He gets put in charge of an account … more