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A USA Today Bestseller"Immersive, satisfying, tense—and timely: This is probably happening for real right now."—Lee Child"First-rate...Slick, heart-hammering entertainment."—The New...
A USA Today Bestseller"Immersive, satisfying, tense—and timely: This is probably happening for real right now."—Lee Child"First-rate...Slick, heart-hammering entertainment."—The New...
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  • A USA Today Bestseller
    "Immersive, satisfying, tense—and timely: This is probably happening for real right now."—Lee Child
    "First-rate...Slick, heart-hammering entertainment."—The New York Times Book Review

    On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew's death was no accident, and that she is now in the crosshairs of his powerful enemies.
    Meanwhile, ambitious society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally landed at the top. Now that she's engaged to Grant Ellis, she will stop writing about powerful families and finally be a part of one. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York's social scene is more appealing than any article could ever be, but, after the death of her mentor, she agrees to dig into one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including a few who are too close to home. The story could also be the answer to Annabel's heartbreaking search—if Marina chooses to publish it.
    The Banker's Wife is both a high-stakes thriller and an inside look at the personal lives in the intriguing world of finance, introducing Cristina Alger as a powerful new voice in the genre.

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  • From the book Marina

    Marina stood on the balcony of her suite at Le Meurice and looked out at the glistening lights of Paris. The view was spectacular, particularly at night. To the west, the Eiffel Tower and Roue de Paris stood illuminated against the night sky. Across the rue de Rivoli, les Jardin des Tuileries glowed, as if lit from within. Marina considered waking up her fiancŽ, Grant, so he could enjoy the view with her. But there would be time for that. Their trip had just begun. Instead, Marina sat down at the table. She sparked a cigarette, inhaled. It felt good to have no work to do, no functions to attend, no emails begging response. She could read a book. She could do her nails. She could do nothing at all. The night was hers. Here in Paris, it was just beginning.

    Her phone rang, jarring her. Marina felt a prick of irritation when she saw who was calling.

    "Duncan," she said, her voice curt. "It's past midnight here."

    "Were you sleeping?"

    "No."

    "I didn't think so. You're still on New York time. You don't sleep, anyway."

    "That doesn't mean you're allowed to call me during my first vacation in almost ten years."

    "I need you to do something for me."

    Marina cringed. This was exactly the reason that Grant wanted her to leave Press magazine. In the near decade she'd worked for Duncan, she'd never once taken a vacation. She worked most weekends, countless holidays. She answered her phone at all hours of the night. She had begun her career as Duncan's assistant. Now, nine and a half years later, despite her senior status on the magazine masthead, he still occasionally treated her as such. Twenty-four hours into this trip, and already, he was tasking her with something. It was unbelievable, really, though not entirely surprising.

    Marina intended to quit. She'd promised Grant she would, right after the wedding. The rumors that Grant's father, James Ellis, was going to run for president were true. The campaign would move into high gear in a matter of weeks. He had already assembled a team of campaign advisors and publicists. He would need it. A hotheaded billionaire from New York, he wasn't exactly the people's candidate. But once the spin doctors had done their magic, James Ellis would be transformed into a hardworking success story, a professional deal maker, a fresh alternative to the presumed Democratic nominee-and consummate DC insider-Senator Hayden Murphy. Murphy, who had been dogged for years by rumors of corruption and cronyism, was a formidable but flawed candidate. Ellis knew this; he was banking on it.

    Quietly, Marina had her doubts that her future father-in-law was fit to be the leader of the free world. She'd seen him lose his temper at the smallest of errors: at a new housekeeper who stocked the wrong kind of bottled water at the Southampton house, for example, or at a driver who missed the turnoff for Teterboro Airport-but she also knew that Grant was a calming influence on his father. Grant would resign from his investment banking job and take over the family business while his father was out on the campaign trail. In his new capacity as president of Ellis Enterprises, Grant would travel constantly, and he would expect Marina to accompany him. There were things one had to do as the wife of a CEO of a multinational corporation. Not to mention the wife of the president's son, should it come to that. She couldn't work and be Mrs. Grant Ellis. At least, not at the same time. There was no question what was more important to her. She had to quit. That was part of the deal, and on some level, she'd always known it.

    For a moment, Marina considered quitting right then, over the phone. It was...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 2, 2018
    Alger (The Darlings) makes her genre debut with an engrossing financial thriller. Annabel and Matthew Werner are leading the high life in Geneva, where he’s employed by Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. Matthew works constantly, and Annabel at times feels isolated. Then a private plane carrying Matthew and Fatima Amir, a colleague Annabel has never heard Matthew mention, crashes in the Alps with no survivors. Matthew’s encrypted laptop may hold clues to the secrets he kept from Annabel. Meanwhile, journalist Marina Tourneau intends to leave her profession now that she’s engaged to Grant Ellis, a former Navy SEAL whose father is running for U.S. president. But the plane crash piques Marina’s curiosity, especially since she has been looking into the dealings of Swiss United, and she digs into the story, eventually crossing paths with Annabel. Alger presents the world of wealth management in a way that a novice can understand the intricacies but also appeals to the sophisticated reader. This complex tale of how greed can upend innocent lives will resonate with many. Author tour. Agent: Pilar Queen, McCormick Literary.

  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2018
    A private plane takes off from London with two passengers aboard only to crash into the icy, blank mountains of the Alps, setting off an investigation that will expose corruption in the most elite financial institutions.One victim, Matthew Werner, was an international banker who had moved to Geneva with his wife, Annabel, hoping to make quick money. His death stuns Annabel, of course, who fears that Matthew may have been having an affair with the second passenger, Fatima Amir, a gorgeous hedge fund investor with ties to the corrupt Syrian regime. Matthew's role as Amir's personal banker raises further questions about whether his employer, Swiss United Bank, has taken on criminal clients. Yet Annabel begins to doubt the police's explanation of the crash and begins looking for answers herself. A late-night visit from Zoe, Matthew's administrative assistant, further fuels her suspicions. Was Matthew complicit? Or was he preparing to blow the whistle? Meanwhile, investigative journalist Marina Tourneau, on vacation in Paris with her fiance, Grant Ellis--a well-connected investment banker whose father is preparing to run for president of the United States--receives a call from her boss, Duncan, who needs her to smuggle home a USB with encrypted data that might indeed reveal the financial secrets of the posh banking world, including those of Swiss United. When Duncan turns up dead, Marina steps up to investigate. Alger (This Was Not the Plan, 2016) has crafted a sharp, compelling thriller. Annabel's and Marina's investigations stretch from Geneva to New York to London to the Cayman Islands, from mysterious millionaires to morally questionable CEOs. While Annabel uncovers Swiss United's corporate secrets, Marina, with the help of fellow journalists, stealthily searches the smuggled data, piecing together money laundering schemes and shady coverups. As the women's lines of detection converge, the villains' hackles rise. Shadowy figures in dark cars stalk Marina, burglars trash Annabel's apartment, and no one is safe.This brisk, tense page-turner will mesmerize fans of international mysteries.

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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