Unusual Wealth by Gregory Bracken
A disturbingly realistic tale of greed and corruption, set against the chaos and confusion of contemporary Bangkok.
Architect Alex O'Brian believes his life is finally coming together in the City of Angels. A rising star in the architectural department of a large Bangkok property developer, his career is heading in the right direction, and he has finally broken the ice with Emma - the beautiful, English-Thai vice-president of his department.
But Alex's world begins to collapse around him when the head of the firm's architectural department, Somchai Yothin, is found dead in bizarre circumstances - apparently the result of a kinky sex game that went horribly wrong. Emma, in line to take over Somchai's job, has deep suspicions about his death, but won't talk to anyone - least of all, Alex. Only days later, just as the firm is about to launch is biggest and most ambitious project ever, Emma disappears - bitter at the chairman's decision to reject her promotion - and revealing nothing of what she knows about Somchai's death. Meanwhile, Klong Toey - Bangkok's notorious slum area - is ravaged by a series of huge fires. Soon, Alex finds himself in a race against time to discover the whereabouts of Emma - and also the evidence that may save hundreds of lives. But even if he finds her, can he trust her - or anyone else?