Excerpt from Earth Tycoon



I met the high-waisted chairman of Lativa’s central bank on an utterly frozen winter afternoon in the dimly-lit capital city of Riga. The matter that my client was eager to resolve was the acquisition of a banking license for a well-nigh hobbled but promising bank with only one branch and little apparent peril from the recent unpleasantness surrounding the shock of facts that led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. There was a palpable sense of Russia’s remnant shadow hanging over the palatial bank building, most notably in the confessions revealed in the…

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