The new cold war is heating up - pump primed by oil and the race to control the pipelines. Cyber warriors mine the dark side of international finance. Their money trail stretches from Macau and New York to Rio de Janeiro, Cyprus, Beirut and Odessa, and the finance lines of governments and gangsters criss cross through Ukraine and Crimea. When Jorginho the Black Hat hacker goes AWOL in Portugal with the secrets of America's role in the Arab Spring rebellions, Maknazpy is enlisted to bring him back - dead or alive. Maknazpy tracks the runaway through the narrow streets of old Lisbon until he is betrayed and the hunter becomes the hunted. Juggling a hot money scam and cold war treachery, only his animal cunning for self preservation keeps him one step ahead of his US handlers, Chinese Military Intelligence, the Russian Mafia and a Brazilian street gang. No one has a monopoly on moral authority in this dark world and Maknazpy is no knight-errant asserting the moral good - and that's why he may just survive.
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Gerard Cappa only read Irish books when he was younger - James Stephens, Flann O'Brien, Michael McLaverty, John McGahern, John Banville, the Blasket books. Or else Irish politics, history and philosophy. He must have lightened up a bit later on, that's when he started reading about murder as entertainment. The classics, of course, Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Himes, Parker, Macdonald, Jim Thompson. Then Ellroy, Mosley, Burke, Ian Rankin, John Harvey then all the Scandanavians. Started to match books to the places he travelled to -Orhan Pamuk in Turkey, Camilleri in Italy, Montalban in Spain, Mercier in Portugal (originally in German). He started to write yhe Maknazpy books as standard thrillers, no big messages. Then he realized he couldn't help it, all that stuff about being an underdog, free will limited by inherited cultural baggage and everyone's basic human right to be treated with dignity, it was all bound to come out.
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