Books Worth Buying: Killing Plato

13 Aug

It’s been a while since I posted a Books Worth Buying segment, so I thought I would remedy that. Here you go. Another book worth shelling out your cash for: Killing Plato by Jake Needham.

It’s a legal thriller, emphasis on thriller. I picked it up on an Amazon freebie, but I liked it so much, I went back on bought the first book in the series. You don’t need to have read it, as the backstory from the first book is skillfully woven in so you get the picture. Now, I love thrillers. It’s one of my favorite genres. Needham delivers on this point and several others. I found myself engrossed in the story with its breathtaking look at ex-pat life in Thailand, along with the complex and multi-faceted characterization. In short, it’s a great read.

c89c13306a3a53f6f8c6d5e863431f23Plato Karsarkis was an international celebrity straight out of Vanity Fair until a New York grand jury indicted him for smuggling Iraqi oil and charged him with racketeering and espionage. There was also the matter of a woman he may or may not have murdered to cover everything up. When Karsarkis flees the United States one step ahead of the FBI and vanishes, the world’s media whips itself into a frenzy. Jack Shepherd was a politically connected American lawyer until he traded the fierce intrigues of Washington for the quiet life in Bangkok. Everything was going pretty well for Shepherd in Thailand, too, and then one day he walks into a bar on the jet-set island of Phuket and finds the world’s most famous fugitive waiting for him.

Plato Karsarkis wants to hire Shepherd. He wants a presidential pardon so he can return to American and he knows Shepherd’s connections to the White House just might get it for him. But the U.S. Marshals are in Phuket as well and they want something from Shepherd, too. They’re planning to kidnap Karsarkis and take him back to the US to face trial. They want Shepherd’s help to set a trap. All Shepherd wants is for them both to go away and leave him alone. At least he does until he discovers a chilling secret that plunges him a violent spiral of friendship and betrayal and pulls him straight back into the life he thought he had left behind in Washington. The Marshals aren’t really in Phuket to arrest Plato Karsarkis. They’re there to kill him.
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