"When the wind is from the south, the desert possesses you."
Philip Cooper’s New York law firm suddenly dispatched him to a country no one had heard of, on a mission he didn’t understand. Having survived both Vietnam and law school, he understood the solace of exhaustion so he went for a run.
Allison Baxter, a sincere American whose banker husband is often away likes Philip’s punishing fitness regime and yearns to share her secrets with him.
Cassandra Sullivan, the Prime Minister’s gorgeous, all-seeing English secretary, has come to Alidar for “a season of abstinence.” The King is interested in her. She is interested in Philip.
Set in a place where perfection is tangible, women are invisible and five times a day a man shouts from a tower that God is great, comes a story of intrigue, romance and scandal where nothing is at it seems.
American born and Harvard educated Harrison Young has had a remarkable investment banking career spanning more than thirty years. Harrison’s career has seen him conduct business in twenty countries and he has advised twelve foreign governments. He was the CEO of China’s first international investment bank, has been a Director of Bank of England, MD of Morgan Stanley Asia, Chairman of Morgan Stanley Australia and since 2007, a Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Other than writing great fiction, Harrison collects Australian artwork & paintings, which are mostly representation rather than abstract, but has a wonderful collection. He is renowned for giving brilliant, exciting and animated dinner parties & barracks for Geelong. He also takes a great interest in how banking and financial systems work, globally.