Death Spiral

Death Spiral

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by S. G. Kiner
     
 
A new client who is in danger of losing his company because of a practice called death spiral financing, seeks professional help from the Sloane Law Firm. Susanna Sloane files suit against the lender, Lionhart Advisors, and petitions the court for an injunction to stop them. She requests the assistance of the secretary of the treasury, Roger Howell, a former

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A new client who is in danger of losing his company because of a practice called death spiral financing, seeks professional help from the Sloane Law Firm. Susanna Sloane files suit against the lender, Lionhart Advisors, and petitions the court for an injunction to stop them. She requests the assistance of the secretary of the treasury, Roger Howell, a former lover.
Together with Moe Oxman, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Howell moves to have her appointed head of a task force to evaluate whether death spiral financing should be outlawed. The task force meets in Washington. Oxman then proposes that Susanna be appointed to fill a vacancy on the SEC. Howell urges her to accept. They resume their affair.
Susanna quickly learns that Lionhart is controlled by Ray Atherley, her current paramour. A confrontation ends their relationship.
She is called upon by her client, the Chinese government, for whom she has negotiated an oil deal, to go to Venezuela to assess the political situation. She meets with the oil minister, Rafael Ramirez, and the President, Hugo Chavez.
Susanna is appointed to the SEC. She and Roger decide to live together at his home in a Washington suburb.
Ramirez admits to Susanna that he has lost money investing with a Miami stockbroker. She asks him to send his account statements to her law firm for evaluation.
Ramirez later discloses that he is bi-sexual. Susanna insists that he be tested for HIV. She is also tested. Ray becomes enraged when he learns she could be infected. When Ramirez is found murdered and mutilated in an alley on South Beach, Susanna is questioned. As his attorney, she cannot disclose certain information, and invokes attorney-client privilege. She is arrested for obstruction of justice and incarcerated. Roger secures her release.
The Venezuelans negotiate with the Chinese to build a heavy oil refinery on Aruba. Susanna negotiates the contract and is asked to open bank accounts for the Chinese in Zurich. She travels there, meets with the Swiss banker, Otto Kronheim, who is found murdered and mutilated the next day. Interpol questions her about both murders.
Roger proposes marriage. She accepts. An elaborate wedding is planned. The Chinese government urges them to honeymoon in China. They agree. Before the wedding takes place, Susanna’s ex-husband, Rusty Byers, is cruelly attacked. He survives and Susanna rushes to his side, staying with him until his release from the hospital. She discovers that she still has deeply held feelings for him.
She and Roger marry, honeymoon in China, and return to Washington. Ray Atherley breaks into their home to attack Roger, but fails. He is arrested. The knife used in the attack on Roger is linked to the murders of Ramirez and Kronheim, and to the attack on Rusty. Atherley’s trial is held in Florida, a death penalty state, and the locale of the Ramirez murder. Susanna must testify.
Roger learns that she had engaged in sex with Ramirez, Kronheim and Rusty, and leaves her. The marriage is annulled.
Initially, Atherley’s counsel raises the defense of justifiable homicide, and then he raises sufficient reasonable doubt to acquit his client. Atherley is extradited to Switzerland, which has no death penalty, saving his life.
Susanna and Rusty decide to see if their relationship can finally work.

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Kiner's feisty heroine is back and better than ever. Kiner deftly builds suspense with solid, lively storytelling while presenting fresh and fascinating characters and an engrossing plotline.
This time Susanna's firm represents a client whose company is the victim of a stock manipulation scheme called "death spiral financing"--the practice whereby a lender can seize control of a company.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014858762
Publisher:
S. G. Kiner
Publication date:
08/08/2012
Series:
A Susanna Sloane Novel , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
331
File size:
465 KB

Meet the Author

S. G. Kiner grew up in New York City, and always dreamed of following in her grandfather's footsteps by becoming a fashion designer, but fate intervened. She met her first husband, married at age eighteen, and put college on the back burner to raise a family. She resumed her education when her youngest child entered kindergarten, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration followed by an MBA. After successful careers in advertising, modeling, and a short-lived career in politics, when the family moved to Florida she entered Law School. Retiring after twenty years of Securities Law, she decided to write a novel that incorporated some of her experiences. This began her series of novels featuring a female securities lawyer. Although each offers at least one fictionalized version of a securities case, each novel contains international intrigue, romance and erotica. In total, to date, S. G. Kiner has published seven novels, all featuring the protagonist securities lawyer Susanna Sloane. S. G. is now married to her second husband and lives in Palm Beach.

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Death Spiral 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PDSchultzHM More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I read a novel just for the sex scenes...in which this novel excels. But it is so much more. Attorney Susanna Sloane’s lovers are being murdered. Her former husband is also attacked, then the killer comes for her new husband. She is prosecuting a case of death spiral financing. While all this is happening, because of her in-depth knowledge of securities law she is offered and accepts a position with the SEC. I learned a lot from this novel about financial matters, but the best parts were the still the sex scenes.
LisaMonteverde More than 1 year ago
Finally...a novel where the protagonist is a "woman of a certain age." S. G. Kiner’s Death Spiral brings back the irrepressible street-smart, sexy, securities attorney, Susanna Sloane. This time Susanna’s firm represents a client whose company is the victim of a stock manipulation scheme called death spiral financing—the practice whereby a lender can seize control of a company. Susanna files suit against the corporate financial giant, Lionhart Advisors with the help of a former lover, Roger Howell. Howell is the Secretary of Treasury and puts Susanna in touch with the powers that be in D.C. Soon, Susanna finds herself in a major position of power—filling a vacancy on the Securities and Exchange Commission. Susanna resumes her affair with Howell and meanwhile, her current lover is in bed (politically) with the very corporation that she’s fighting! Susanna then takes on powerful forces in China and Venezuela; and quickly finds herself in more trouble than she bargained for. Susanna's romantic involvement with men she has been intimate with in the course of her professional life are somehow, one-by-one, becoming the victims of a sexual mutilator. The similarities of the attacks are stark—they have a common denominator—which becomes too graphic to behold! Murder, mayhem shady political coups and an ex-husband surfacing while planning a wedding to another, has Susanna in well over her head. Will she survive, and which lover will prove to be the man that can handle this spunky and strong woman? Kiner’s feisty heroine is back and better than ever. Kiner deftly builds suspense with solid, lively storytelling while presenting fresh and fascinating characters and an engrossing plotline.