If you enjoy John Grisham and Scott Turow you will enjoy Andrew Iyer's first novel, Domino Run. Iyer, a City solicitor with a practice in international trade and shipping law, has written a thriller set in Europe after the dismantling of the East's Communist regimes.
The hero, David Bowstead, is a senior litigation assistant in one of the City's oldest law firms. He is handsome, clever and on the brink of partnership. Iyer has drawn on his insider's knowledge of the Lloyd's market and the workings of City law firms to give the novel a unique authenticity.
A chance encounter with a strange man on a flight to London brings Bowstead into contact with a Romanian plan to manipulate the European Community and the British Royal family. The plan is known as Operation Domino.
The novel is well-written but contains some oddities of character and language. Our hero has a propensity to speak aloud in public places. Escaping from an assassination attempt by clinging to the back of an airport bus, Bowstead is preoccupied by the whereabouts of a computer disk with details of Operation Domino and shouts out his thoughts on the subject. And while speculating on the whereabouts of a client, Bowstead speaks aloud to the doors of Miami airport. Also, a policeman, fantasising about the women of Knightsbridge, recalls their "year-round designer suntans and long, well-manicured legs". Hands, feet, even lawns can be manicured, but legs?
But these are minor criticisms. Iyer is a master of suspense and the novel is hard to put down.