“Needham channels John le Carré in a raw, authentic tale of international intrigue. A WORLD OF TROUBLE is one terrific novel.”
—The Bangkok Post
Jack Shepherd was sick of Washington politics, sick of corporate law, and even a little sick of himself. So he hit the road looking for a new start, made a couple of wrong turns, and somehow wound up in Hong Kong. Now he needs a job, and being General Chalerm Kitnarock’s lawyer is a job, so he takes it.
Shepherd could certainly have done a lot worse for himself. Charlie Kitnarok is the world’s ninety-eighth richest man. He rules an international corporate empire and controls billions in personal assets. But he’s also a former prime minister of Thailand now living in exile in Dubai, and when he’s not making money he’s plotting his return to political power.
For Shepherd, that could be a real problem. Thailand already has another prime minister, and to the surprise of practically everyone, particularly Shepherd, the new Thai prime minister is Kathleeya Srisophon. Shepherd and Kate once had a brief relationship, and for him that really complicates the hell out of being Charlie’s lawyer.
It will get particularly messy if, as Shepherd suspects, Charlie is smuggling arms to his supporters and intends to assassinates Kate and use the Thai army to seize control of the country. Can Shepherd keep his two friends from destroying each other and prevent Thailand from sliding into chaos?
Thailand is hurtling closer and closer to a bloody civil war. And as unlikely as it may sound, Jack Shepherd is probably the only man on earth who can stop it.