Politics can be a dirty and dangerous world.

“Undermoney” opens with a definition that outlines the novel. It is “money which is unknown publicly but that controls individuals and events; the currency of corruption.” What follows confirms that description; take the money and pretend to be friends, or do not take it, and become enemies, but not pretending.

Characters are introduced with detailed backgrounds, so readers immediately get to know them; the good, the bad, the ones readers love to hate, the ones who are “different.” They are the egotistical, the dangerous, only pretending to be nice. They are not who they appear to be and cannot be trusted; they travel with bodyguards for a reason. Relationships are complex and secret; people are hiding in plain sight just waiting for the perfect moment.  They get what they want, and what they want is to be in the “White House.”

“Undermoney” is a non-stop ride on the roller-coaster of international politics. Just when things seem to be settling down, there is a sudden turn, an unexpected twist, and a plunging drop.  I received a review copy of “Undermoney” from Jay Newman, Scribner Publishing, and Simon & Schuster.  Sometimes the complexity is almost overwhelming, and the book could be shorter without losing any of its complications.