The Eyes of Lira Kazan
Translated by Emily Read
In Lagos operatives of the Norwegian secret service extract Nwankwo, head of financial investigations for the Nigerian government, and deliver him to London. Felix, a junior prosecutor in Nice, is called to investigate the violent death of the wife of a powerful banker based in the Faroe Islands. His investigation takes him to London. In St. Petersburg, Lira Kazan, a journalist famed for her anti-corruption investigative work decides to go to London to report on an oligarch involved in arms deals. An investigation too far for all three as Lira, Felix and Nwankwo become allies and witness a series of killings, obviously linked by financial and political interests. They are isolated, terrified, and end up pursued by the oligarch's men, the Western secret services and goons sent by Nigerian oil magnates. It ends wonderfully at a dinner at Versailles, honouring the oligarch and attended by the British Prime Minister and the French President, which ends in chaos triggered by a series of tweets disclosing the foul play all have entered into.