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George, the part-owner of an investment bank funded by black money, is on his way to the former Soviet Republic of Lithuania to conclude what his Lithuanian contacts think is a big deal but which he knows is a scam. His Armani suit, Gucci cufflinks and Prada shoes disguise a man who is losing his touch. It is his ex-wife? Is it his boss? Is it his bank? He is not sure, but he can sense the knives are out.
George thinks he is going to line his banks pockets at the expense of his Lithuanian victims saving face in the process, but the Baltic crew prove to be much more savvy than he had thought.
George, a firm believer in mixing business with pleasure, goes in search of female company in Vilnius. He finds more than he bargained for at a local nightclub in the shape of the magnificent Zoya, who wrecks both his bed and his head before taking off into the dark, Baltic night, leaving George with a monumental hangover or something worse.
He suspects he has been on the wrong side of a Mickey Fin, but there is no apparent reason, because nothing seems to be missing, not least the bank codes which are the key to his scam.
Feeling rough, he attends the hospital where another surprise awaits him, he encounters the night doctor….Zoya. Is there a connection between this apparent angel of the former KGB wards and the woman of the night who left him with such a devastating headache? Is he imagining things?
Obsessed now with what happened to him and why, George gets back to business only to find that his lost evening was a warning and the doctor doesn’t prescribe twice.
Since 2008 bankers have been persona non grata and so many of you may enjoy the fact that George, a banker who is arrogant and pompous gets a taste of his own medicine quite literally.
The author tells the story though George’s eyes: we know how he feels about himself, we know about his mid-life crisis and eagerness to re-prove himself we know his perceptions of others, we know his quirks and limitations and we know how reacts to circumstances. Because we are so in his head, we are just as confused as him about what is actually going on and about who is who in the zoo as it were. This really is a clever way of telling the story and makes for great interest and suspense.
Is George losing mind or is has the self styled Artful Dodger of the banking world finally waded out of his depth.
George is in Lithuania, but the former Soviet State has changed and George hasn’t.
George considers himself the Artful Dodger of the Investment Banking world and he is pretty sure he can pull the wool over the Capitalism Freshers who are bounded to be steeped in tin pot Soviet ideas.
When he meets Tomas the representative of his Lithuanian target, he thinks, “make the baboons do the work and trap the prey and then you amble up at your leisure and take the kill off them while they stand screeching at you from a safe distance.” But has he underestimated Tomas?
While George mentally dismisses the male comrades he is more than happy to keep a female comrade warm and it is with this purpose that he heads off into the night eventually landing up at the Indigo Bar where he meets the mysterious Zoya.
He wakes up the next day wondering what hit him and instead of being at an important meeting, he is laid up in hospital where he experiences a take two with a woman he is certain is Zoya, The Night Doctor.
Although George is more Delboy that the Wolf of Wall St, you grow to like him and to fear for him – is he being set up as a fall guy? As the reader you see the plot unfolding through George’s eyes and you are just as confused as him about who to trust and who or what to believe.
A book that not only keeps you guessing, but which presents both a bizarre and confusing bunch of characters who will entertain you with their banter and enthral you from the get go.
Excellent novel that mixes the elements of both suspense and mystery. George, a part-owner of an investment bank that is funded by black money, gets more than he bargained for throughout his venture. He is losing his touch, but who is he losing it to? He gets into a bit of trouble in Vilnius, when he meets a woman who injures him. Who is this woman, and why did she target him? He is now wondering who exactly that woman is, what ties she has to him, and why they are after him.
Cule Hinder wrote a true page turner with The Night Doctor. It includes every element you would want, and expect, from a good novel. It is nicely written, and reads very smoothly. At no point during the novel was I bored or anxious to put it down. I stayed up a couple of nights just to finish.
Highly recommend, it will keep you at the edge of your seat.
Ever wonder what happened to those stories filled with suspense with twists and turns? You know the kind that Alfred Hitchcock produced, making us bite our nails and worry for the hero or heroine! Well Lisa Gordon has penned that type of thriller and it’s worth reading. Her heroine, Gaby thought she was leading an ideal life. She was a rising star in her legal firm and just married a handsome man. Then the nightmares started plaguing her and memories of a childhood trauma erupted. To save her sanity Gaby must delve into the secrets of a serial killer and risk her own life to bring him to justice. Dianne Rapp
Absolutely loved this book. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with the characters & the story line..I couldn’t wait to see what was gonna happen next. The characters are so real you seemed to really connect with them. I found myself feeling the sadness, frustration, & triumph with them. This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I can’t wait to read more…Waiting very impatiently for her next book. Jennifer’s Bookk Review
The story had its glowing moments and yes, the villain was extremely creepy, in fact, I think the villain was actually my favorite character in this book. He was smarter than everyone, and went for a very long time doing whatever he pleased without anyone being the wiser. If it wasn’t for Gaby’s slip under peer pressure to smoke a joint he may never have been found out. I felt he controlled the entire story. Tina Marie Says
I was happy to receive this book for an honest review. It certainly proved to be a good read. This excellent reads starts you out with a bang as you experience the killing of a young teen, but why? What does this have to do with the rest of the story? Ah! Our author draws you in with the ‘I have to find out,’ trick. It’s been a while since I have read a book that takes you around so many curves in the story and yet at the end ties all the notes into one bow. This one does. Shirley Johnson Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
Matron only gives five starts when they are deserved. This tale does. Why:
Oh it isn’t literary genius. And the writing is simple. And the characters obvious. And some of the scenes are utterly chick-lit but for all that it’s what we buy books for : a riveting read and you can’t put it down. So few books do that now. Books don’t have to be clever.
So, young boy gets kick out of killing girl. Years later a series of murders all come together. And you realise his family are involved. And there’s a race to stop him, of course.
Just a good book. No more. What it says on the packet and we don’t always get. I’ll buy Lisa again. London Matron