Jack Gregory used to living the high life, has just had his personal fortune filched from under his nose. Now he's going to get back, no matter what the risks to himself and his family, no matter who gets dragged into the firing line.
Undeterred by threats of kidnap and ransom, the crew of his luxury yacht murdered, businesses up in flames and bankruptcy beckoning, Jack is on the run, reduced to living incognito in a seedy Paddington hotel. Ignoring his wife's pleas, he hatches an outrageous plan to recover his lost millions. Its failure will end his already shaky marriage and guarantees him a permanent stay behind bars.
But Jack Gregory has always been a winner. Failure doesn't figure in his world.
This time, however, winning will be no guarantee of success. This time, Jack is in a Catch 22 and doesn't know where to turn. Like a bull in a china shop he rampages on to a conclusion where even victory will be laced with a bitter taste of defeat.
Life's cliff-hangers are the very essence of novels.
An extensive knowledge of London's countless corporate enterprises, all jostling for power, has provided Andrew Segal with the flesh from which might be drawn any of the tales emerging from that author's pen. So each of his stories becomes a portrayal of real events.
In that respect, Andrew has in the past been threatened with physical violence, found himself unwittingly driving a contract killer, once employed by the notorious Kray twins, who'd thumbed a lift and on another occasion promised to be the subject of a gun attack. Then there was the threat of a petrol station under his supervision, being torched with what results for a major UK city? Gave him ideas for a new book.
In another intriguing event overseen by Andrew, a company director, the subject of a meeting of creditors, was required to be in attendance on the day, albeit by telephone, but from his jail cell.
Added to everything else, there have been innumerable instances when commercial choices faced by Andrew have involved significant financial risk. In one situation the sums ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Notwithstanding the hazards of a business life, Andrew lives with one spouse and two Abyssinian cats, Koffee and Kutchi in the area of sunny Hampton.