Laundry Man by Jake Needham
Author of The Big Mango
A Jack Shepherd International Thriller
First published as Tea Money in 2000
Extortion, corruption, money laundering, and murder. Just think of it as business as usual.
Once a high-flying international lawyer, a renowned expert on global money laundering, Jack Shepherd has happily swapped the fierce intrigue of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok where now he's just an unremarkable professor at an unknown university in an unimportant city. Or is he?
A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today's allies are tomorrow's fugitives, Jack Shepherd is a man perpetually tantalized by the moral labyrinth that bedevils all western expatriates in Asia.
An international bank collapses under dubious circumstances; a law partner killed two years ago abruptly reappears; prominent members of the Asian financial community die spectacular deaths; and a twisting trail of deceit and corruption leads Jack Shepherd from Manila to Bangkok to Hong Kong to the fabled island of Phuket, and ultimately all the way back to the life he thought he'd left behind in Washington, perhaps even straight into the White House itself.
Jake Needham's novels are the real thing.
"He's Nelson DeMille with steamed rice"
"Needham certainly knows where a few bodies are buried." Asia Inc.
"There's no room for improvement. It's as good as it gets." The Bangkok Post
"Needham has a huge talent." The Nation
Hong Kong 2006
Prime Crime Press
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