An economist with one of London's leading investment banks finds himself unraveling a mystery which dates back over half a century - all clues lead to the Leopard Fund led by a cold, ruthlessly calculating financial kingpin.
Tom Bracewell is an economist with one of London's leading investment banks. When his Estonian wife vanishes, leaving only a brief note, Tom gradually comes to realize he knows very little about the woman he'd married.
In Tom's search for an explanation, all clues seem to lead to the Leopard Fund, one of the world's most powerful financial predators, headed by the charismatic Jean-Pierre Telmont. Somehow, Tom's wife, Tatyana, and Telmont are linked.
Joining forces with Sarah, a recent employee at the Fund, Tom unwittingly finds himself drawn into the biggest financial story of the millennium as he and Sarah start to unravel a mystery which dates back over half a century. And in order to stay alive before they finally discover the truth, the two of them must remain one jump ahead of one of the world's keenest financial - and criminal - minds.
Sarah looked up at the numbers on the screen, a hard, impersonal row of pixels, each of them coloured red. The figures started to streak into each other as her vision blurred. I've just lost one million dollars, she told herself, the words sinking through her brain and stabbing at her chest. Not a great start to my first day in this job.
The clocks on the wall, displayed the time in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris and Frankfurt. Just after 10.00, she noted. I have been an employee of the Leopard Fund for precisely one hour, and I have begun losing more money than most people make in a lifetime.
This, she told herself, can only get better.
Sarah had arrived at its gleaming modern offices of the Fund at 7.45 that morning, precisely on time. Before stepping inside she had walked around the block twice to steady her nerves. The badge on the label the security guard gave her said Miss S. Turnbull, and it was from that the man who met her at the lobby had identified...
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