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Published by Point Blank, 1 March 2018. ISBN 978-1-78607-327-3(HB)
Tom Winter, Ex Commander of Bern Police’s
Special Unit and currently head of security at a posh Swiss private bank, has
plans for the evening – and hopefully the night - ahead. His plans
involve Anne, his deputy and right-hand girl with whom he is falling in love.
His plans are quite literally blown apart when
the helicopter carrying Anne and one of the bank’s rich, middle eastern
clients, Al-Badar, explodes, killing the pilot and both his passengers.
This was no accident and Winter sets out to discover exactly who engineered the
crash and why. As the story races backwards and forwards between Switzerland,
Egypt and the USA, Winter is helped by past and present colleagues from the
bank, airport security staff and the police and security services.
At first it is thought that Al-Badar was
the target, and that extremists wanting to stop the flow of Arabic money to the
West were behind the first and subsequent assassinations. Doubts are sown when
somebody points out that Winter should have been in the helicopter - he had
only changed places with Anne at the last minute. Winter is soon befriended by
the beautiful and brilliant Fatima. In her capacity as CEO of a large
Egyptian energy company Fatima helps Winter unravel the good guys from the bad
guys. Between hair-raising missions, they also console each other in the time
Damnation travels along at an enormous
pace. With its background of financiers and banks all using fair means
and foul to get their hands on Arab oil billions for their equity funds, this
book reads like a James Bond film and is just as entertaining. We are
told that Damnation is the opener to a series of Tom Winter tales. If the
others are as good as this one, we are all in for a treat.
Reviewer Angela Crowther
Beckstudied Psychology, Philosophy
and Economics in Bern, where he also gained a doctorate in Psychology. He did
his military service as a cyclist in the Swiss Army and has a black belt in
judo. Having done an MBA in Manchester, UK, he went on to become an executive
board member of a large Swiss company and sat on several non-executive boards.Today he is his own boss and divides his time
between writing the Tom Winter thrillers and supporting businesses in shaping
their corporate culture. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers
and the German-speaking crime writers' association, Syndikat. He is fluent in
English. Damnation is his debut in English. The thriller was originally
published in German (Emons 2013), now translated by Jamie Bulloch and brought
to you by Point Blank (2018), an imprint of Oneworld, twice winner of the Man
Angela Crowtheris a retired scientist. She has published many
scientific papers but, as yet, no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela
belongs to a Handbell Ringing group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening
to music, particularly the operas of Verdi and Wagner.