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In the bestselling tradition of Jason Matthews’s Red Sparrow, an electrifying thriller about a group of American patriots who secretly take over the world’s largest dark money operation with the help of a beautiful female CIA agent—written by a seasoned global finance insider.

A group of American patriots, all former military, are looking for a way to get their number one choice, Senator Ben Corn, elected president. Corn is a telegenic, perfect candidate—yet harbors secrets that threaten him. The group’s goal is to implement their own foreign policy and fundamentally restructure American society. Essential to this scheme is Greta Webb, a sophisticated and beautiful CIA agent who is an expert on how global dark money flows, not to mention skilled in lethal hand-to-hand combat.

To achieve their goals, they form dangerous alliances. One is with a woman who manages the largest, and most corrupt, private pool of capital that has ever existed. And another with the brilliant, ruthless founder of Russia’s most successful private military company: a mercenary’s mercenary, who has ties to Vladimir Putin. He has his eye on Greta Webb—and while she would be wise to avoid him at all costs, she cannot.

Journeying across the globe from New York to Washington to Middle Eastern war zones to wine cellars in the French countryside to Putin’s private restaurant in St. Petersburg, the group of Americans become enmeshed in this underground world. And as they discover the secret of the dark money’s pool’s success—which involves manipulating the markets to rake in billions of dollars—they come into ever increasing danger. Ultimately the team of Americans must decide whether their ultimate objectives are worth the cost of ruthlessly sacrificing not just a few but potentially many human lives.

Brilliantly told and filled with jaw-dropping action and unforgettable characters, Undermoney offers a savage look at the secret lives of the world’s richest people.

Photograph © Philip Balshi

Jay Newman has worked in the field of international finance as a trader, investment banker, and investor for forty years. During most of that time, he focused on investments in the defaulted debt of sovereign nations in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Undermoney is his first novel.

“From page one you are immersed in a world of international intrigue and political power play that is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Jay Newman’s Undermoney combines the fresh feel and energy of a debut novel with the self-assured writing of a man who knows something we don’t know and knows it well. Truly a ground-breaking, unconventional, and wildly entertaining peek behind the curtain of American politics, financial skullduggery, and high-stakes global conflict.” —Nelson DeMille

“There’s what the media tell you is going on in the worlds of business, politics, and foreign policy: the news. Then there’s what the smart money knows: the chatter at Davos, Aspen, Palm Beach, and in the Hamptons. But down below that there’s the undermoney—the stuff that connects populist presidential campaigns to flashy hedge funds to secretive pools of private capital to opaque money-laundering operations to bloodthirsty Russian mafiosi to fanatical terrorist organizations. Jay Newman writes about all this with an expertise that is terrifying and a literary flair that belies his many years on Wall Street.” —Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money