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17 August 2012

The Risk Agent (Rutherford Risk #1)

The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson is the first book in an exciting new series.

Lu Hao has disappeared  -  along with his records of the incentives he has been paying to officials to get a building in Shanghai build by the American company for which he works. Along with him, an American who was following him was taken. Now Rutherford Risk - a company that deals with kidnappings all over the world - has been called. However, private investigation is illegal in China. Even the US Consulate is forbidden from asking questions.

In order to conduct a secret investigation, Rutherford Risk must use people who are not associated with the company. They hire Grace Chu, a forensic accountant and Chinese citizen to look over the books of the construction company to see if any of the people receiving the incentives may have been involved. And John Knox - a importer/exporter who travels to Shanghai often enough as to not raise suspicions - and has special training that will come in handy.

Together Grace and John will have their work cut out for them as they race to find the kidnap victims before they can be disposed of - a risk that became much more likely once the kidnappers took an American. Ridley Pearson's writing and storytelling will keep readers on their toes as he leads them through a high adrenaline race through China - while also showing a glimpse of Chinese culture. Pearson is one of the best writers in the mystery/suspense genre today and fans will love this beginning to a new series.

Pearson, Ridley. (2012). The Risk Agent. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

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