When a cathode ray tube factory in a small French town is hit first by a strike and then by a suspicious fire, the battle for the takeover of the plant's beleaguered parent company heats up. The Lorraine factory is at the center of a strategic battle being played out in Paris, Brussels, and Asia for the takeover of the ailing state-owned electronics giant Thomson. Accusations of foul play fly, and rival contender Alcatel calls in its intrepid head of security Charles Montoya to investigate. He soon uncovers explosive revelations and a trail of murders, dirty tricks, blackmail, and corporate malfeasance.
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Dominique Manotti is a professor of nineteenth-century economic history in Paris. he is the author of a number of novels including Rough Trade (winner of the French Crime Writers Association Award) and Dead Horsemeat, both published in English by Arcadia Books. Dead horsemeat was shortlisted for the 2006 Duncan Lawrie International Dagger Award.Review:
"Manotti effortlessly handles a fiendishly complicated plot. Her characters are fully rounded and believable." --"The Daily Telegraph"
"Manotti has . . . a grip on the economics, politics and social history which marks her as special . . . good generic crime fiction, with le flair in abundance." --"Times Literary Supplement"
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