Source of Deceit
Anna Jones, correspondent for the New York Daily Journal, is covering the apparent suicide of World Bank Executive Director Nou Channarong, when a key source on the story also turns up dead. Pursuing the truth—and a scoop—Anna follows a lead to Miami, where the trail points to Thailand. Meanwhile, the two deaths throw Nou's associates at the Bank into chaos, as covert operatives in Bangkok and rebels in Chiang Mai and Myanmar also scramble to adjust to the new realities. Despite threats to her life and livelihood, Anna is determined to get to the bottom of the story. Only by facing her nemesis Raven Garcia and confronting her long-distance boyfriend Viktor Simonson can she decipher the lies and the spin.
Agents of Suzharia
Viktor Simonson, an American foreign correspondent in Russia, anonymously receives a packet of Arabic papers marked with an elaborate seal. A note clipped to them warns they provide clues to a terrorist plot. Obtaining a translation from his friend Michael Hussein, the Moscow bureau chief of a German daily, Viktor discovers the mysterious papers pertain to Suzharia, a war-torn region in the Caucasus Mountains. Michael dismisses the papers as nonsense, preferring to spend his spare time pursuing beautiful women like international trade lawyer Tatiana Ivanova and journalist Anna Jones. But Viktor has a hunch the papers harbor a deeper meaning. He follows a lead to Hamburg, where he meets Lilia, a Suzhari doctor who claims to know individuals named in the papers. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Imam Mustafa Freeman struggles to understand changing times at his Chicago mosque. Mustafa and Viktor are propelled toward one another as they seek the truth in a world of violence and deception.