Human rights lawyer of the year Scott Mitchell is publicly arrested on suspicion of laundering $250 million for the Chechen mafia. The social media trolls come out in force to vilify him and he’s immediately sacked from his six-figure job at a prestigious London law firm. With the threat of a criminal trial, no employment prospects, no income, and dwindling savings, Scott sets out to prove his innocence.
As he embarks on a journey taking him to Malta, Hungary and Russia, he becomes a pawn in a power play being fought out in the shadows between UK and Russian intelligence agencies. Scott must choose between his unswerving belief in the supremacy of the rule of law and pragmatism…
‘Dancing With Shadows’ is the second book in The Puppet Meisters trilogy, dealing with state abuse of power.
Spellbinding! Accused of money laundering and betrayed by his government, can Scott Mitchell’s life get worse? Yes.
As in the first novel in this series, Moscow Bound, the pace is breathtaking. We travel between London, Russian cities, Budapest, and Malta trying to prove that Scott was not involved in a 250 million dollar money laundering scheme with the Chechens. The staples of power--powerful Russian oligarchs, information hacking techniques, business investments designed to produce information and influence, and brutal treatment of those who get in the way--have become known worldwide and Scott encounters them all. Combined, they nearly overwhelm the reader but, the author anchors the reader with the inclusion of well-developed supporting characters and by incorporating beautiful old cities, well-known buildings and hotels, tempting food and drinks, and Scott’s nine-year-old cat.
Reading Dancing with Shadows is a compelling experience. It is hard to resist the drive to keep turning pages. When the end comes, the reader is already anticipating the next book in the series.
Scott is the lead in this story but many characters we came to know in the first book are re-introduced and play important roles: Ekaterina, Gravchenko and Pravda. Ms. Churchward doesn’t shy away from introducing multiple new characters also. The plot has multiple threads to follow that need our attention and can be overwhelming but the author set the stage expertly by including a group of well-developed players, beautiful surroundings and a touch of gastronomy delights. No doubt, this gripping tale filled with unexpected twists and turns is well worth reading. If you enjoy a thriller rifles with conspiracy and danger and have a soft spot for some Anglo-Russian shenanigans, give this one a try.
My thanks to NetGalley and to Silverwood Books for the opportunity to read this book
The story is full of twists and turns and just when you think you are piecing it all together, there is another surprise twist. The author does a great job of maintaining a complex plot with interesting and somewhat mysterious characters and plenty of action. The story is also very topical, with mention of events that actually happened in 2016, as well as references to doxing, use of Twitter as a source of breaking news and a source for personal attacks and defamation, and the Panama Papers. The story focuses on Russia and the powerful people around Putin, as well as issues involving Ukraine, Chechnya, Russian oligarchs, corruption, and money laundering.
I want to read the previous novel, as well as the third book in the series.
I received a copy of the e-book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.