Spy thriller by award-winning author

Who really controls today's technology?

A team of freelance spies gets caught up in a web of corruption and terrorism in a struggle to control rare minerals key to today’s technology. Panic strikes at the highest levels of the French government when the former president is found hanging from the rafters in his home right after a terrorist attack at the airport. Is it suicide or assassination? Freelance operative John Spencer Larivière, his karate-trained partner Victoire, and their computer-genius sidekick Luc must find out what he was hiding. Quickly, the investigation turns into a globe-spanning confrontation in a world of high-frequency trading where manipulation and corruption reign. Larivière races against the clock to find out who is pulling the strings.


Short-listed for the Quais du Polar Series Award

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Bernard Besson is an expert in economic intelligence, a former senior chief of staff for the French intelligence services, and a prizewinning thriller writer. He lives in Paris. This is his first book to be translated into English.

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Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne.

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The Rare Earth Exchange

by Bernard Besson; translated by Sophie Weiner—published by Le French Book—ISBN: 9781939474636 (e-book)/ 9781939474629 (trade paperback) — First published in French (Partage des Terres, Editions Odile Jacob, Paris)—Release: June 2016.

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