BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER, MYSTERY
B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE, HISTORICAL FICTION
Multi-billionaire banker and philanthropist, Ekram M. Almasi, has just been murdered…
And there’s only one person who can uncover the mystery behind this international banking scandal:
Able to handle a high-powered speedboat, an ex-lover, and a ginger-haired villain with equal ease, this international spy embarks on a journey that will take her to Monte Carlo, Paris, and Burgundy.
The amazing scenario, however, cannot hide a complicated and awful truth.
On her journey, Louise struggles against uncooperative witnesses, a mysterious vine disease, a gun-wielding monk, and a secret society.
Even though local investigators seem to have found the ideal culprit for the murder, the case is not as open-and-shut as it might seem…
What readers are saying about Pinot Noir:
★★★★★ – “A high concept “noir” adventure that goes down like a fine wine. Pinot Noir is one of the best thrillers I have read in recent times.” ~ Astrid Iustulin, Readers’ Favorite
★★★★★ – “What a great sequel to Foliage! Highly recommend this addictive thriller and be sure to have a yummy glass of red wine nearby!” ~ Nelle L’Amour, New York Times Bestselling Author
★★★★★ – “A great, modern thriller by Lorraine Evanoff. The writing crackles with a smart, sexy, intelligent energy and Louise Moscow is a credible, gutsy, fabulous heroine.” ~ Dominic Piper, International Bestselling Author
Targeted Age Group:: 18 and over
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Making connections! I'm obsessed with connecting the dots, which is why Historical Fiction and Mysteries are my favorite genres. Pinot Noir is based on amazing true events and it's fun to retell a story in an exciting thriller with a great leading character.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In order to keep any story interesting and moving forward, it needs a fascinating protagonist. For me that meant a smart, sexy female character who is adept at finance, but who also enjoys adventure and living life, and with a great name, Louise Moscow.
“There are way too many suspects with money at stake.”
“And lots of it,” Michael added.
“Whoever loves money never has enough – Ecclesiastes 5:10,” Jean-Philippe quoted.
“Those in the sole pursuit of gold, money, and power will stop at nothing. I think I read that in Newsweek,” Michael retorted. “So, you’re thinking the Banker’s Grave?”
“A banker who knows too much…”
“It’s not a conspiracy theory if it’s true.” Michael leaned back and pondered. “I can think of three suspicious deaths of prominent bankers right off the bat. The chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, Roberto Calvi, hung by the neck beneath Blackfriar’s Bridge in London in 1982. Then, there’s the owner of Franklin National Bank, Michele Sindona, who died after drinking coffee laced with arsenic in an Italian prison in 1986…”
“And now the owner of New York Republic Bank, Ekram M. Almasi, who burned to death trapped in his heavily guarded penthouse in Monaco,” Jean-Philippe said.
“Each of these dead bankers knew a lot of secrets. But, Calvi and Sindona were murdered after their banks collapsed.”
“Exactly!” Jean-Philippe said. “Of those three, Almasi’s death is the most curious. He died with his financial empire intact.” Jean-Philippe spoke passionately, rising to his feet, pacing and emphasizing with his hands. In the setting of the dimly lit 14th century monastery anyone else would have thought Jean-Philippe had lost it. But Michael knew what it was like to have loved and then lost Louise Moscow. The heartbreak turned to wretchedness, which eventually evolved into tempered steel will.
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