The Flying Dragon by Georges Ugeux

The Flying Dragon by Georges Ugeux
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (182 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

No one can resist Victoria Leung. She’s beautiful, brilliant, and fearless. Since leaving the fraud department of the Hong Kong Police, she has enjoyed her new status as senior detective at Pegasus, an international security firm based in London. She climbed the ladder by taking down Sun Hung Kai Properties’ Kwok Brothers, a real estate empire, and earned the nickname “The Flying Dragon” in the process.

On an otherwise typical morning, Victoria receives a panicked message from her close friend Diana Yu asking for help: Diana’s ex-lover, Henry Chang, is in grave danger. Bertrand Wilmington, head of the derivative trading desk of a global bank, has fallen from a window of the twenty-second floor trading room, and Henry Chang is somehow involved. Perhaps with Victoria’s help they can clear his name and reveal the secret behind Wilmington’s death.

While Hong Kong and Mainland authorities attempt to crack the case with little success, Victoria puts her experience as a banking auditor to use. Her expertise is critical in discovering key clues, and she won’t back down until she gets answers. As she searches for the truth, The Flying Dragon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of arrogance, power, money and sexuality. Will she expose the corruption and bring down a financial giant?

Victoria is almost too good to be true. She’s pretty, sexy enough for both sexes to want her, she knows martial arts, and she’s a good detective. Right now she’s an expert at fraud. She’s had success in her previous case and she expects she’ll figure out what’s going on in this one, too. That is, as soon as she figures out what the case is.

Mr. Ugeux is a global financier by trade and it shows in this book. He writes a tight tale that takes place in China. There are political implications, fraud, and murder included in this tale. He talked a bit more about numbers than I wanted to read about but the tale was good enough to keep me reading.

Victoria starts by trying to help her cop friend’s ex-boyfriend. He’s gotten in over his head and wants help to get out but he’s not telling her the whole story. He works in the office where there has been a suicide recently. It was put down to stress in the office but Victoria is not sure. Especially after she talks to his boyfriend and his parents. The man was quitting his job and getting ready to move. He wouldn’t commit suicide…

Greed leads people into bad places. Some people think they are smarter than they are. That all comes into play in this story.

Our states are still fighting about the equality of men and women but China is still stuck a century back or so. Victoria has to use her fighting skills to keep from being man-handled. The fact that she was visiting with the gay man involved with the “suicide” victim gets her almost raped. However, it turns out the man who was trying to rape her just happened to work at the same company as the “suicide” did. She uses that clue to dig further into the case.

This is complex case but Victoria works her way through it and keeps your attention as she asks more and more questions.

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