“In between the lines of his plot, Needham’s provocative views about Asian culture jump at you from almost every page. The gritty and taut KILLING PLATO is 100 per cent unadulterated attitude.”
—The Singapore Straits Times
Jack Shepherd was a well-connected Washington lawyer until he traded the fierce intrigues of politics for the quiet life in Thailand. Then one day he walks into a bar on the jet-set island of Phuket and finds the world’s most famous fugitive waiting for him.
Plato Karsarkis was rich and famous, an international celebrity straight out of the pages of Vanity Fair. Then a New York grand jury indicted him for smuggling Iraqi oil and charged him with racketeering and money laundering. There was also the matter of a woman he may or may not have murdered to cover it all up. That’s when Karsarkis went on the run, fleeing the United States and completely disappearing, while the world’s media went wild.
Karsarkis wants a presidential pardon so he can return to America, and he knows Shepherd’s connections to the White House can get it for him. That’s why he’s waiting for Shepherd in that Phuket bar. But the U.S. Marshals are in Phuket, too. They say they’re there to kidnap Karsarkis and take him back to America, but they need Shepherd to help them set the trap. Shepherd just wants everybody to go away and leave him alone.
At least he does until he discovers a chilling secret that plunges him into a violent spiral of friendship and betrayal and hurls him straight back into the life he thought he had left behind in Washington.
The Marshals aren’t really in Phuket to arrest Plato Karsarkis.
They’re there to kill him.