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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (17 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006511880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006511885
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,784,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the reviews of Nest of Vipers:

‘Stylish thriller imparts all the fear and exhilaration of financial juggling on a massive scale’
Daily Mail

‘A taut, sexy thriller’
Evening Standard

‘This riveting suspense-high finance combo marks Davies – a former trader – as Wall Street’s answer to Scott Turow’
New Woman

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From the Financial Jungle to the Real Jungle
From the Financial Jungle to the Real Jungle

Helen Jencks, a beautiful young woman working as a derivatives trader in the City of London uncovers a massive fraud in which she herself is the obvious suspect! By fleeing to Peru she escapes the trap set for her, but in her new, exotic surroundings it gradually dawns on her that she has put her life in great peril. Soon she is on the run again, from the Andes to the jungle, and from Peru to Columbia. The chances of her surviving, let alone ever returning to London to confront the men who framed her, seem remote.

My three years spent living in Peru, as well as my earlier career as an investment banker, provided the inspiration for this novel. The beauty of the contrasting landscapes of the coastal desert, the Andes, and the Amazon jungle, the country's history and cultural heritage, the stark divide between the lives of the urban elite and the rural campesinos, the threat from the rump of the terrorist movements (still not quite extinguished), bandits, and cocaine producers - these all made a tremendous impression.

I experienced these things at first hand, including a gun battle in my garden, and used them to get under the skin of Helen Jencks, the heroine of this story. I wanted to convey something of how a young woman fugitive from a totally different background reacts to the beauty and drama of life in Peru, and the dilemma she faces of whether or not to trust a secretive and puzzling man she meets there - Evan Connor, apparently a tour guide but in reality a former SAS soldier now working for British intelligence. Despite her misgivings Helen Jencks throws in her lot with Evan Connor, and makes the irrevocable decision to walk into the fire ...


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rjmiller33" on 13 May 2003
Format: Paperback
For may years the Cold War had provided a suitable background for writers of spy thrillers. However in recent years spy writers have had to cast around for alternatives. John Le Carré ventured into the territory of the financial thriller with Single and Single, but Linda Davies had already explored the interface between espionage and finance in her two earlier works and has practical experience of international banking. With Into the Fire she continues to take the spy novel in this new direction. It has an exotic location that would have appealed to Ian Fleming if he had lived in Peru. Davies paints a vivid picture of that land and includes its different faces, and not just the aspects seen by tourists (although those aspects are included too) but also the social and political background that often passes unseen. The word "spy" still tends to evoke, in most of us, images of the KGB, CIA, MI5 etc. We tend to forget that other parts of the world have their own, sinister agencies, such as Peru's SIN. Those who have followed developments in Peru since the fall of Fujimori will realise just how accurate Davies's portrayal of SIN is. Today's world is very different from that depicted in most spy thrillers. Altogether this a remarkable novel which takes the spy thriller into a new age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AnnaOtherReader on 9 Oct. 2009
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Peru is an exotic and unexpected location for a financial thriller but it certainly distinguishes Into the Fire from other books of this type and greatly broadens its appeal. The heroine's presence there has to do with the fraudulent activities of some male chauvinist derivatives traders, a type not uncommon in banking. If you are interested in derivatives then you will find this an entertaining read, but if you prefer steamy jungles or high mountains to high finance then you will find that the book is an exciting thriller with the authentic touch that you would expect from an author who lived in Peru during the turbulent period just after the crushing of the Shining Path terrorists. If you have not yet been to Peru the vivid descriptions of the scenery and the milieu will probably make you want to visit it and if you have been before it will make you want to go again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "rjmiller33" on 13 May 2003
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For may years the Cold War had provided a suitable background for writers of spy thrillers. However in recent years spy writers have had to cast around for alternatives. John Le Carré ventured into the territory of the financial thriller with Single and Single, but Linda Davies had already explored the interface between espionage and finance in her two earlier works and has practical experience of international banking. With Into the Fire she continues to take the spy novel in this new direction. It has an exotic location that would have appealed to Ian Fleming if he had lived in Peru. Davies paints a vivid picture of that land and includes its different faces, and not just the aspects seen by tourists (although those aspects are included too) but also the social and political background that often passes unseen. The word "spy" still tends to evoke, in most of us, images of the KGB, CIA, MI5 etc. We tend to forget that other parts of the world have their own, sinister agencies, such as Peru's SIN. Those who have followed developments in Peru since the fall of Fujimori will realise just how accurate Davies's portrayal of SIN is. Today's world is very different from that depicted in most spy thrillers. Altogether this a remarkable novel which takes the spy thriller into a new age.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 2000
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"Into the Fire" is flush with the elements of a first-rate thriller. These include a tightly plotted story with surprising turns, a sympathetic protagonist with lots of grit, menacing but sympathetic villains, terrific action writing, and a nifty ending, which leaves the falsely defamed heroine both happy and whole. Especially impressive to me was the highly visual nature of the writing, which will convert easily to hit movie with, say, Julia Roberts, in the lead. Lovers of London will also enjoy following the heroine, Helen Jencks, as she moves about town. I give the book my top thriller rating of five beach-towels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Badgergirl on 19 Nov. 2007
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I do like this book - it's my 're-read for comfort book' and I would recommend it. It's just different - set in the cut-throat world of finance to begin with and then off to South America. I felt all the characters were pretty believable - although Helen could have stayed and fought her corner a bit more. Funny that this book is so enjoyable - her other books are not so good, big editorial flaws in Something Wild (unless these have since been corrected). Into the Fire though is well worth a read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
The heroine, Helen Jencks, is a very believable character caught in a web of deceit. (These people are friends?) This book is a thriller of the first order that allows the reader into the world of banking and espionage. The portions of the book which take place in Peru and Columbia add spice along with a close look at drug trafficking. Having read her first two novels, I enjoyed them so much I ordered this latest from the UK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 1999
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The heroine, Helen Jencks, is initially too good to be true. But as she gets drawn in to a web of deceit, which ends in a fight for her own life, the novel gets really exciting. The mysterious past of her father is very well done, tantalising the reader with a desire to know what really happened to him and the scenes in Peru add a pleasantly exotic touch. I enjoyed it to the extent that when I'd finished, I tracked down her first two novels.
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