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Ever gotten an email from a Nigerian prince or a Russian oligarch promising easy money? We all laugh when it pops up in our inbox. And we wonder how anybody falls for these things. But scams are no laughing matter. They're one of the biggest organized crime rackets in the world. They're deadly. And State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker has fallen right into the middle of one. The disappearance of a young American banker in London sends Ryker into the heart of a corruption scandal in Nigeria, at the same time his CIA agent wife Jessica finds herself chasing a Russian master criminal known as the Bear. Unbeknownst to either of them, they are pulling at two ends of the same lethal thread, a staggeringly vicious enterprise of piracy, extortion, and murder.


The world is messy and dangerous, Jessica warns her husband. More dangerous than you know


Todd Moss was formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary of State where he was the top American diplomat in West Africa. Now he draws on his real-world experiences inside the U.S. Government to bring to life the exhilaration—and frustrations—of modern-day foreign policymaking. Todd is currently Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC and a nonresident scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute. In addition to the Ryker thriller series for Penguin’s Putnam Books, he is the author of several non-fiction books on international affairs. Todd holds a PhD from the University of London and a BA from Tufts University. He lives in Maryland with his family.

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