The subject matter of this novel is as timely as if it was taken from today's six o'clock news.
Will Connelly is a corporate attorney. He arrives at work early to work on a project. He's busy at work when he sees the body of senior associate, Ben Fisher, plummet past his window on the thirty-eighth floor.
Soon after this, while Will is still in shock, he's visited by one of the senior managing partners who informs him that even though this is a sorrowful time, business must continue. He announces that Will has been made a managing partner and will be handling some of Ben Fisher's accounts.
Wanting to celebrate his long time goal of becoming a partner, Will stops at a bar on the way home. After a few drinks, he notices a woman and they begin talking about work. The woman is Russian, named Katya. She coaxes him into admitting that he's an attorney and working on a merger. After more persuasion, he tells Katya that the company is Jupiter Software, a world leader in encription software.
When he tells her this, Will realizes that he's broken a number of securities laws, divulging a possible merger of a publicly traded company. If Katya bought stock in the company, Will would be guilty of insider trading.
Katya invites Will to her apartment. They spend the night together and in the morning two men bang on the door. These men are friends of Katya's and after roughing Will up, demand more information about what he's working on.
The story goes on and Will gets further into trouble. Implausably, when Katya's acquaintences allow Will to leave the apartment, he doesn't go to authorities even though he knows that he's in trouble and has broken major security laws.
At the firm, Claire Rowland, the employee who is in charge of making sure that the proper laws are followed, is fired against Will's vote. That night Claire calls Will, thanks him for standing up for her and tells her that there is something going on with the encryption technology and the government is attempting to use it in an illegal manner.
The story is a bit technical and somewhat inconceivable. Most people in finance would know that they were being set-up long before Will did. However, Reece Hirsch is a strong writer and has put together an interesting and timely novel. The plot moves swiftly and the final confrontation adds an unexpected surprise.
Readers should find the novel exciting and want to know how Will and Claire can maneuver out of an impossible situation.