Far out to sea during a fierce storm a Japanese ship is commandeered by mercenaries who kill one of the crew and vanish; North Korea flexes its military muscles by firing a cruise missile into Japanese air space; an unidentified body is dumped on the border between Russia and China. So begins The Secret Broker, the startling debut thriller by Simon Crane, which pitches the suave Swiss orphan Luca Voss and his companion JJ against a cruel megalomaniac trying to manipulate the world's superpowers from behind closed doors.From the astonishing opening - when a mystery helicopter swoops in on a beleaguered boat - to the chilling death of the German peace envoy Franz Wetzell and the secret history of the Seven Families, this gripping thriller takes the reader on an international journey of espionage and adventure, calling at Mexico, Myanmar, Switzerland, Japan, China, Italy and more. As fast-paced as it is addictive, The Secret Broker introduces a vital new voice to the genre.
Simon Crane has been an entrepreneur, financier and writer for more than thirty years, working in Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong. Regularly sought out by government leaders, policy makers the world's largest organisations for guidance on crisis control, he has had unmitigated access to some of the most powerful people on the planet. He lives in Pimlico, London.