an edge of the seat thriller about the filthy rich
by G W Shaw
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Pub Date 26 May 2022 | Archive Date 30 May 2022
Quercus Books, riverrun
Part locked-room suspense, part adventure story, Dead Rich is unforgettable.
'Totally gripping' Jane Casey
'A fresh, high-octane . . . thriller' Vaseem Khan
PARADISE CAN BE MURDER
Super yachts are secretive, like their owners. Like castles, they are created to inspire awe. Like castles too, they are defended. They are an entire world, separate from the rest of us.
Kai, a carefree once-successful musician is invited by his new Russian girlfriend Zina to join her family's Caribbean holiday. Impulsively accepting he learns that Zina is the daughter of a Russian oligarch, Stepan Pirumov and that the trip is aboard his yacht, the Zinaida, moored in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.
On arrival Kai discovers that the head of security has been arrested, armed guards are below deck, there's an onboard panic room and a strong sense of all not being quite right beneath the gleaming surfaces of the Pirumov's lives. An unnerving presence punctures the atmosphere: a murderous imposter is on board the Zinaida, but who is it?
Kai will find that the only person he can trust will be Erin and that the world of the super-rich will become a prison from which they must escape.
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Average rating from 53 members
An exciting thriller featuring luxury yachts, Russian oligarchs with a Caribbean setting. Kai is a musician who has passed his prime, he is no longer popular but still tries to maintain the pretense that he is merely undergoing a minor set back. His young art student girlfriend of one week, is suddenly ordered to join her parents on their yacht in the Caribbean, and just to be awkward she insists that Kai goes with her. As Kai marvels at the splendor of the luxury yacht, he finds himself an unwitting player in the political drama that unfolds.
As always, William Shaw's wonderful writing style makes this book a joy to read. As the tension increases, I found I couldn't put the book down. The setting is wonderful with great characters and action scenes and the yachting details were fascinating. Plenty of surprises and twists along the way. A very enjoyable read.
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