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KILLING PLATO (Jack Shepherd Book 2)


"The gritty and taut KILLING PLATO is 100% unadulterated attitude. Needham's provocative views about Asian culture jump at you from every page." -Singapore Straits Times

Jack Shepherd was a politically connected American lawyer until he traded the fierce intrigues of Washington for the quiet life of a college professor in Thailand. Everything had been going pretty well for him there, too, at least it had until the day he walked into a bar on the jet-set island of Phuket and found the world's most famous fugitive waiting for him.

Plato Karsarkis was an international celebrity straight out of Vanity Fair until a New York grand jury indicted him for smuggling Iraqi oil and charged him with racketeering and money laundering. There's also the matter of a woman he may or may not have murdered to cover it all up. When Karsarkis fled the United States and disappeared, the world's media whipped itself into a frenzy searching for him.

Karsarkis is waiting for Shepherd in that Phuket bar because he wants to hire him. He figures a presidential pardon would be his ticket back to America, and he thinks Shepherd's connections to the White House just might get it for him. But the U.S. Marshals are in Phuket, too, and they need Shepherd's help as well. The marshals want Shepherd to set a trap for Karsarkis so they can grab him and drag him back to New York. All Shepherd wants is for everybody to go away and leave him alone.

At least he does until he learns a chilling secret that plunges him a violent spiral of friendship and betrayal and pulls him straight back into the life he thought he had left behind in Washington.

The marshals aren't really in Phuket to arrest Plato Karsarkis.

They're there to kill him.

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Jake Needham

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime novels when he realized he really didn't like movies and television very much. He has since published nine popular novels in two series: the Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels and the Inspector Samuel Tay Novels, both of which are set in the cities of contemporary Asia

He is a lawyer by education and has held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you about. Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for nearly thirty years. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Thailand and the United States.

You can read excerpts from all Jake Needham's books as well as his occasional 'Letters from Asia' at his web site:

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