Top Kiernan has been doing all right. He owns Polymath, a thriving research firm that he runs from his home, a 1930s-era schoolhouse just outside of Athens, Georgia. He's got a bedroom in a basketball court, a drawer full of flannel shirts, and a splendid collection of spinning tops. He's also got a side-gig as a free-lance operative for a mercenary group, which sends him on periodic and variably perilous errands to Latin America. Top can't live without the buzz, the adrenaline rush of being permanently on the edge - but he doesn't have very long to wait. When Top's long-time friend Dee Lane disappears suddenly, leaving USD1.5 million hidden somewhere in Georgia, everyone thinks Top's got the stash. He finds himself the target of ambitious DEA men, a drug lord, an ex-IRA assassin, and a few others who want to get their hands on the money and will kill Top to do so. He knows it's going to take more than adrenaline to survive the manoeuvres of all the players in the dangerous game that this compelling, deftly plotted debut novel brings unpredictably to a stunning and explosive finish.
Sam Hill has been a partner in a consulting firm and vice-chairman of one of the world's largest ad agencies. He has authored several non-fiction books, and his work has appeared in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, LOS ANGELES TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES, FORTUNE, and HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW.