The Russian pink A novel

Matthew Hart

Book - 2020

"When "The Russian Pink"--a stunningly large rose-hued diamond--makes a surprise appearance around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of surging presidential candidate Harry Nash, Alex Turner, an investigator for the Treasury Department's diamond division and former C.I.A. agent, finds himself spiraling down a seemingly endless rabbit hole. A diamond like that always carries secrets, but the web of mystery behind "The Pink" is more complex than Alex could ever image. St...arting with the trail of damage from botched sting operation, Alex wavers between legal and illegal tactics, friends, family, and foes to find out why a mysterious Russian double agent betrayed him and the diamond ended up on a potential path to the White House. For wherever the Russian Pink goes, secrecy, deception, and death surely follow"--

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Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction
Political fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Published
New York : Pegasus Crime 2020.
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xiv, 245 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781643135502
1643135503
Main Author
Matthew Hart (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The Russian Pink is a 464-carat, rose-hued diamond that shows up around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of presidential candidate Harry Nash. Nash, the presumptive winner of the upcoming election, is in debt to Russian oligarchs for the diamond, and they will undoubtedly expect payback from him if he wins the presidency. When Alex Turner, an investigator for the U.S. Treasury Department's diamond division, and former CIA agent, discovers this connection, he engages in an adrenaline-fueled attempt to unravel the web of lies and betrayals behind a conspiracy that threatens the survival of the free world. Some stones are called blood diamonds for a reason, and wherever the Russian Pink goes, death somehow follows. A bruised-and-battered Turner, made all the more determined by an attack on his daughter, contends with assassins, power-mad politicians, and greedy billionaires, assisted by a young Russian woman who appears to be working alternately for the good guys, the bad guys, and herself. This book is a rare gem, punning aside. It will enthrall fans of Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne, and leave them hoping for more Alex Turner. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Journalist Hart (Diamond) makes his fiction debut with an intriguing if convoluted spy thriller that explores the deadly side of the international diamond trade. Alex Turner, a former CIA officer turned Department of Treasury agent, doesn't know whom to trust when an investigation lands him in the middle of a conspiracy involving a billionaire U.S. presidential candidate, a consortium of Russian oligarchs, and a mysterious 464-carat diamond known as the Russian Pink, which turns up around the neck of the presidential candidate's wife. Alex joins forces with an opportunistic Russian double agent to hunt down the gem's source, which takes them from Europe's semilegitimate diamond markets to Africa's blood diamond mines. Hart's view of the diamond trade rings true, but his picture of the inner workings of national-level intelligence and law enforcement lacks the same depth. The plethora of characters slows the action, and he tends to tell rather than show, with many of the major plot beats explained after the fact. The original premise and assured prose suggest he's capable of doing better next time. Agent: Michael Carlisle, InkWell Management. (Nov.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An explosive debut featuring renowned diamond expert caught in a web of deception and malice while trying to uncover the secrets behind the most expensive diamond in the world.  When "The Russian Pink"'a stunningly large rose-hued diamond'makes a surprise appearance around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of surging presidential candidate Harry Nash, Alex Turner, an investigator for the Treasury Department's diamond division and former C.I.A. agent, finds himself spiraling down a seemingly endless rabbit hole.  A diamond like that always carries secrets, but the web of mystery  behind "The Pink" is more complex than Alex could ever image.    Starting with the trail of damage from botched sting operation, Alex wavers between legal and illegal tactics, friends, family, and foes to find out why a mysterious Russian double agent betrayed him and the diamond ended up on a potential path to the White House.  For wherever the Russian Pink goes, secrecy, deception, and death surely follow. With echos of both John Le Carre and Jason Matthews, The Russian Pink is a stylish and fresh page-turner that catapults the reader into the world of blood diamond trading, a world that Matthew Hart, the author of the critically acclaimed Diamond, navigates with authoritative authenticity and wit.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An explosive debut featuring renowned diamond expert caught in a web of deception and malice while trying to uncover the secrets behind the most expensive diamond in the world.  When "The Russian Pink"'a stunningly large rose-hued diamond'makes a surprise appearance around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of surging presidential candidate Harry Nash, Alex Turner, an investigator for the Treasury Department's diamond division and former C.I.A. agent, finds himself spiraling down a seemingly endless rabbit hole.  A diamond like that always carries secrets, but the web of mystery  behind "The Pink" is more complex than Alex could ever image.    Starting with the trail of damage from botched sting operation, Alex wavers between legal and illegal tactics, friends, family, and foes to find out why a mysterious Russian double agent betrayed him and the diamond ended up on a potential path to the White House.  For wherever the Russian Pink goes, secrecy, deception, and death surely follow. With echos of both John Le Carre and Jason Matthews, The Russian Pink is a stylish and fresh page-turner that catapults the reader into the world of blood diamond trading, a world that Matthew Hart, the author of the critically acclaimed Diamond, navigates with authoritative authenticity and wit.