Katya Petrovna is a risk-taker. It’s what led her to leave her job at the Russian Federal Security Service and join the new G8 Intelligence Agency. But her reputation as headstrong and independent precedes her, and G8 wonders if she’s ready for their dangerous missions. When a Russian woman is caught at London Heathrow airport with a suitcase full of cash, John Hammond, G8’s Director General, assigns Katya her first operation: infiltrate a Russian mafia-run casino on the Black Sea.
Katya goes undercover as the daughter of a wealthy ex-KGB officer looking for a good time. But as she delves deeper into the casino’s operations, she finds herself out of her depth. The mafia’s reach extends all the way to a Chinese Tong Casino in Macau, where they’re running a brutal trafficking operation. And with each step, Katya’s mistakes put her in even more danger.
She tries to recruit Kirill, a casino floor manager who she knew as a street kid in Moscow, as an informant. But as the stakes get higher and the risks greater, she can’t be sure if he’s on her side or working for the mafia. Katya’s descent into the dark world of the high-stakes casino trade is a nightmare of cruelty, torture, and death, but she can’t stop now.
The girls in the trafficking trade need her to do what she does best: take a gamble.
Copyright © David Bickford
David is a British Author and former Under Secretary of State and Legal Director to the British Intelligence Agencies, MI5 & MI6. David spent his working life diving into the cold murky seas of terrorism, espionage and organised crime. At the forefront of the battle against international terrorism he was among the first to predict its onslaught. David is recognised, both in the Agencies where he was made Companion Order of the Bath for his work, and in the business he now runs, for his ground-breaking solutions to defeat the terrorists and international organised criminals who threaten us.
As their legal director, David has nothing but admiration for the officers who do this work. Working closely with them, in the tunnels of secrecy, fighting terrorists and corruption he saw their dangers and trials and their courage and imagination as they overcame them. The qualities and sacrifices that lie behind this extraordinary work.