The Washington Lawyer: Allan Topol
Morals, ethics, values and integrity often go out the window when temptations come your way. What happens when two men let their greed, desire for wealth and power overtake their moral compasses and find that one simple indiscretion; one simple wrong choice can bring down your entire world? A young girl, a model wants more than just a nice guy, a picket fence and a beautiful home. Vanessa Boyd had her sights sets on a well-connected State Senator named Wesley Jasper. Sinking her claws into him and hoping that those claws would be sharp enough and placed deep enough within Jasper, forcing him to divorce his wife, leave his kids but marry her. But, Jasper had other ideas and his own agenda did not match what Vanessa had in mind.
Sometimes the best laid plans go awry as Jasper and a member of the Chinese Ministry have what they thought was a private conversation about his role in helping the Chinese obtain certain documents germane to our arms programs. Operation Trojan Horse is the name of the mission that only Xiang and the Chinese Ambassador know anything about within the United States. However, Xiang plays an important or critical role in this operation and risks more than just his life if he fails. Every step of the way he must answer to Minister Liu as his Assistant Economic Attaché assigned to cover the American Congress and glean information that will aid China both militarily and economically.
Allison and her partner Zahava are in Israel on a dig hoping to find artifacts from the time of King Solomon. As an article appears in the paper about Vanessa Boyd, Senate Committee Staffer relating that she was 35 at the time of her death, her modeling career and her job as a research analyst on the Senate Armed Services Committee. But, there is much more to Vanessa and what she hoped to gain from being on this committee. Anguilla is the place where this occurred and many were bought off, bribed or convinced to go along with the story that was created in order to hide the facts. But, Allison Boyd was smart, cunning and not to be underestimated as Jasper and Martin talk about the issues at hand. What happens if his wife finds out this time? What about his reelection? What about Martin’s wife Frances? Why does she go along with his story? What would happen if the story broke to Martin’s aspirations of becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? One wrong choice! Watch as the dominoes fall into place and then the entire set falls apart!
From Beijing, to Washington, Israel and back again, Jasper, Martin and the Chinese play their own private game more dangerous than Russian roulette. As Allison learns more, questions the policemen, the people at the hotel, going to Anguilla for answers, St. Martin and anywhere that Vanessa might have been, the story is told, the lies are created and her suspicions rise. But, each time she gets close someone is out to make sure that she does not succeed. Threats are hurled, her apartment broken into and attacked by thugs, Allison does not give up. Heading an archeology project with an Israel partner, she puts everything on hold. The project is to uncover a town from the time of King Solomon. But, her goal as she says is to learn what happened to her sister and with Paul’s help she might succeed.
Asking to be allowed to book the same room as her sister would lead to the start of a possible cover up. As Allison learns about a CD that would ruin the career of one state Senator, leak what the Chinese have been doing and possibly ruin US and China relations both economically and militarily, one young man named Xiang risks it all to find the CD. Spying on Allison, attacking her but not succeeding, learning that she does not have the CD and trying to figure out where it might be consumed much of his time without success.
Although attacked and stalked Allison would not give up and with Paul’s help she just might succeed but what happens when she needs him to intervene with the Ambassador? Putting the pieces together, finding the missing CD and hearing what it says would change it all but will it be in time to stop what has already been set into motion?
A chance meeting and the truth behind her sister’s death are revealed but who will pay the ultimate price for this deception? As Liu once again summons Xiang and threats are hurled, will he complete the job he’s ordered to do or will he find a way out? But, Xiang’s past comes into his present and someone close to him that he has not seen for quite some time just might bring the wall down the great wall of China again but this time on him.
Author Allan Topol goes deep inside the halls of the Senate, the President’s office, inside the law firm of Andrew Martin allowing readers to learn just how deals are made, deceptions are created, illusions are perceived or interpreted and huge smoke screen is lived. Misconceptions, misapprehensions, delusions, self-deceptions and two men who risk it all in order to hide the truth about one woman’s death. Was it an accident as Jasper stated? Was it deliberate? How did Vanessa Boyd drown? Vanessa was a great swimmer the caliber of an Olympic star. Did Jasper really try and save her or did he shove her under the water? Did anyone see what really happened or are all of the officials guilty of covering it up? Whose career dies? Who else pays the ultimate price for wanting power? Greed, lust, avarice, hate, revenge, treason, treachery and one phone call that would send the house of cards tumbling down in many directions. Will Allison get closure or will the Chinese stop her? Why won’t she let Paul help her? Why so headstrong? An ending filled with more than just surprises, twists and turns but one that is packed with such an explosive charge the reader won’t see it coming and will wonder where it will lead. Allison Boyd: Will she return to Israel? Will Paul remain with Martin? Whose lives will not be the same? An ending filled with more than just surprises, twists and turns but one that is packed with such an explosive charge the reader won’t see it coming and will wonder where it will lead. Allison Boyd: Will she return to Israel? Will Paul remain with Martin? Whose lives will not be the same? Once again author Allan Topol delivers a plot and storyline that will keep readers in suspense from start to finish. Will Martin’s wife Frances stay at his side? What about Jasper? When the truth is revealed whose damage control wins out? FInd out when you read this Five Star Novel.
Characters that are true to life, realistic and hard-core in many ways. Allison Boyd tough, tenacious, persistent and strong willed. Paul Maltoni intelligent, kind and possibly just whom she needs in her life. Xiang a young Chinese rising star used as a pawn in a deadly game. Liu smart and cunning and hoping to remain at the top. Just whose star won’t be rising and whose will remain at half-mast? Find out when you get deep inside the law office of Andrew Martin, hear his voice, understand his motives and find out just what it takes to become a top notch: Washington Lawyer.