Susanna Sloane, brilliant and beautiful securities attorney, is married to Rusty Byers, renowned sports agent. She represents several clients who have lost money investing with Chandler & Sons, an old established Wall Street firm.
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Attorney Susanna Sloane has recently accepted a group of new securities fraud cases, which she turns over to her law partner when the President of the United States appoints her ambassador-at-large to Saudi Arabia. Her assignment will be to spy on the activities of Prince Ali ibn Saud who has invited her to the unveiling of a painting he will present to his countrymen. Neither she nor her husband, sports agent Rusty Byers, can begin to imagine the ensuing web of intrigue that will eventually end their marriage and bring down the administration of the first woman president of the United States.
The prince wants to enlist Susanna’s expertise in forming corporations to fund Islamic charities in America. These charities are a front for financing terrorism. When she is instructed to cooperate fully and report back to Washington, she learns that for a successful conclusion, her assignment might require a sexual relationship with the prince.
She meets with Prince Ali and his bankers at a mosque in East London. Later that evening, after dinner, she succumbs to his advances and finds him an ardent lover. What she had imagined to be a bullet to bite for her country has been marvelously pleasurable. He later turns up in Las Vegas, where she has elected to form the charitable corporations under favorable Nevada law. When the prince asks her to meet him in London, she is abducted off the tarmac at Heathrow airport. Using her cell phone, she contacts the United States Embassy and gives them the identification number on the tail of the plane, but they are unable to track it. She is flown to Afghanistan, and taken to the prince’s luxurious retreat deep within an Afghan cave where they resume their sexual liaison.
It soon becomes clear to Susanna that handsome and urbane Prince Ali is, in reality, the terrorist head of Al Qaeda. After ten days she is free to leave, and a private plane takes her to a remote airfield in the south of France. The consulate in Nice arranges for her return through London, where she is debriefed by the U. S. Ambassador before continuing on to Washington. There she is asked to diagram the cave in which she was held and to view satellite photographs of remote Afghan airstrips.
The prince meets her in New York and asks her to determine if some of his men are being held prisoner in secret locations—and tortured. When reports of her inquiry find their way to the oval office, the president invites Susanna and Rusty to spend a weekend as her guests at Camp David. Susanna is assured that although secret prisons do exist, the prisoners are treated humanely. As proof, the president arranges for her to tour the prisons.
When the prince meets her again in New York, he shows her current satellite photos of the prisons. What Susanna had seen was staged for her benefit. He tells her they were filmed together in London and Las Vegas, and the White House intends to release copies should she disclose the truth about the prisons.
News of the secret prisons is leaked to the press. In retaliation, the tapes are sent to newspapers and television stations nationwide. But Ali has had the tapes altered, and when this is discovered, the administration is castigated for falsifying evidence. The disclosure of the sanctioned torture combined with the phony tapes, forces the resignation of the president.
The newly sworn president offers Susanna the vice presidency. Rusty pressures her to accept because he wants to be a player and influence policy. But Susanna realizes the impossibility of overcoming the confirmation process. She declines the offer. Rusty discloses that he knows she had sex with the prince and that she’s been lying to him. Furious about her adultery and her thwarting his political aspirations, he ends their marriage.
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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Finally...a novel where the protagonist is a "woman of a certain age." Noted securities attorney Susanna Sloane has recently accepted a group of new cases all against the same stockbroker. She turns them over to her law partner when the President of the United States appoints her ambassador-at-large to represent the nation at a reception in Saudi Arabia and to spy on Prince Ali ibn Saud who has issued her invitation. Ibn Saud wants to enlist Susanna’s aid in forming corporations to fund Islamic charities in America similar to those operating in Europe and the Middle East. These are actually fronts for financing terrorism. Neither she nor her husband, sports agent Rusty Byers, can imagine the ensuing web of intrigue that will eventually bring down the administration. When she is instructed to cooperate fully and report back to Washington, Susanna discovers that one of the job requirements necessitates sleeping with the Prince. She must juggle her obligations to the president, Rusty, her securities clients, and the charities. She meets with the Prince in London. He later turns up in Las Vegas, where she has gone to form the charitable corporations under Nevada law. She is abducted off the tarmac at London’s Heathrow airport, flown to Afghanistan and taken to the Prince’s luxurious retreat deep within an Afghan cave. The Prince will ultimately meet her in New York and tell her they were filmed together in both London and Las Vegas, and that the White House has copies. With her marriage at stake, and the press anxious for news of her involvement with the prince, Susanna must choose which of her lovers she must betray. WOW! What a ride.