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Sort order. Jan 11, Suspense Magazine added it. Three desperate people join forces in an attempt to bring down a Russian oligarch in this fast moving novel co-authored by a former French prosecutor. Each of the three has been grievously harmed, in ways both physical and emotional, for daring to get too close to the truth about bribery and payoffs in high places.

The Eyes of Lira Kazan - Eva Joly and Judith Perrignon

Lira Kazan, a pretty, if not brittle, Russian investigative reporter has bee Three desperate people join forces in an attempt to bring down a Russian oligarch in this fast moving novel co-authored by a former French prosecutor. Lira Kazan, a pretty, if not brittle, Russian investigative reporter has been tracking backroom dealings and a growing financial empire of Sergie Louchsky for several years.

And in the dead of a Nigerian night, Nwankwo Ganbo, a man of principle paying the price of fighting for justice, is spirited with his young family out of the country only minutes ahead of a death squad.

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Individually, they were beaten and bested by their mutual foe, but together, should they live long enough, they might have enough to take him down. Bowing to our new, social media world, in addition to panic-driven flights through subways and cars careening off suburban streets, tweets are twittered, email is pushed through computer mail slots, and no one can escape the reach of a digital phone. Nov 06, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: crime , dark-books , learnt-something , unlike-any-book-i-ve-read-before. It's hard to know what to write about this book.

It's completely out of my comfort zone and a library "grab". I found the chapter that first introduces Sunleif in the Faroe islands quite distressing, it actually nearly had me in tears, so if you're an animal lover, it may be hard to read this particular part of the book.

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One thing I will say is the introduction of Lira is quite confusing. It reads that she is nearly 35, yet about 60 pages on reports in-between chapters it states that she's 41!! Now, I'm pretty sure time didn't pass as it's all done month by month, however I'm left wondering if I've missed something? Oct 17, Barbpie rated it really liked it. This extremely international thriller takes place during the late summer and early fall in France, England, Russia, Nigeria, and the Faroe Islands. The unlikely trio of heroes are a Nigerian professor refugee, a law clerk, and a journalist, who work together to expose an enormous corruption ring--at the expense of their personal lives--using Twitter, memory sticks, and offshore ISPs.

The fast-paced story alternates points of view and includes some bulletins and letters in addition to the regular This extremely international thriller takes place during the late summer and early fall in France, England, Russia, Nigeria, and the Faroe Islands. The fast-paced story alternates points of view and includes some bulletins and letters in addition to the regular chapters. Mar 23, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: read There's a pretty gruesome animal killing chapter that is early in the book. It almost had me put the book down and not go back to it.

If you can make it past that, this is an enjoyable thriller that is a fairly quick read.

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Not only is the plot a ripper, but the characters are individual and alive on the page. The translation by Emily Read is so naturalistic it was hard for me to believe that the book was not originally written in English. In an opening section, Nwankwo Ganbo, the head of the fraud squad in Lagos, is hastily attempting to flee the country with his wife and three young children, after his best friend and close colleague has been murdered.

The family hope to reach England, where the British government has offered Nwankwo asylum and a teaching post at Oxford University in exchange for keeping his head down about his knowledge of the extent of financial and violent corruption in Nigeria. In St Petersburg, Lira Kazan is a journalist in her early 40s.


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Lira has for some years been investigating Sergei Louchsky, a man who has made millions since the fall of the Soviet Union and whom Lira knows is evil in a large number of ways. She decides to travel to London to follow one of the lines of evidence she is pursuing, hoping to meet her daughter while she is there. Their investigation arouses the wrath of the authorities, who want to write off the death as a swimming accident, despite the fact that the victim was wearing her evening gown when her body was discovered.

The judge, as well as Felix the clerk , continue to dig into the circumstances of the death, little realising the cost to themselves. Sunlief must take the biscuit as one of the most evil baddies in modern crime fiction, as the reader learns with horror how his bank took its name.

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How these events are connected gradually becomes clear. The main characters, Nwankwo, Lira and Felix, are all brave people with integrity, but for two of them the personal cost of their mission to achieve justice is terrible. Lira is a marvellous creation: bold, intelligent and dedicated in the face of awful reprisals. Will the determined trio give up, will they be stopped, and what they can do with the information they know in the face of establishment opposition? I urge you to read this excellent, relatively short book to find out.

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The last two or three pages are exceptionally sad and moving. She is now running in the French presidential elections. This is her first novel.


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