Where does need end and greed begin? Can we ever break free of our past? Does willpower stand in the way of destiny? City Trader Tanya Pryce, an indifferent wife but devoted mum, has spent sixteen years working her way up at American investment bank, Kohen Stanzinger. Then Nathan Harvey Walthak is foisted on her, and her economist colleague, Spencer Rivington, suddenly finds her irresistibly sexy. It's March, 2008. The financial crisis is looming. Tanya's dislike of Nathan is disturbingly intense, as is her lust for Spencer, but she keeps her feelings for both under wraps. Until Nathan does a bad trade that ruins her track record, and which she suspects was no accident. This heralds the start of a private rebellion and unleashing of her deep longing for intimacy. Tanya is desperate to make back the money Nathan lost. She's head of her desk and the main breadwinner. Banks start collapsing. Her neurotic mother plays extra-sick. Spencer continues to pursue her. Tanya loves her children, but not her husband. No stranger to risk or suffering, Tanya is used to fighting her own battles, her own way, and keeping her mouth shut. But is this her nemesis?
After she returns to her native East End to hand over money to a private detective, she fears it is. Diverse lives collide in shocking fashion, and make headline news around the world. Tanya has good reason to fear. A racy tale about debt and dysfunction, deception, lust, and old fashioned love, where there are as many winners as losers. Or perhaps everyone's a winner. Even the dead.
Valerie Thompson grew up in Dagenham, left school at fifteen, and at sixteen joined Salomon Brothers Int'l in London, and worked her way through the ranks to become a Director of the firm by the time she left in January 1987. On account of career achievements, her life story is now in the National Sound Archives of Great Britain, as part of a social history project, called City Lives. Laws of Contrition is her first novel. Previous works include Mastering The Euromarkets (Irwin/McGraw Hill,1996) and The Logical Magic of Change (Calmrise, 2010). A mum, grandma, and twice divorced, she now lives on the South coast of England, and works as a life coach/consultant.