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Into the Fire [Paperback]

Linda Davies
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28 Mar 2007
They say your personality is set at age seven. This is the year Helen Jenks's father left, the day after millions went missing from the bank where he was a director. Helen never gave up her belief in her father, the familiar figure, Proustian smells, his classic BMW she now owned with that familiar smell of aftershave on rainy days, but everyone has doubts . . . and everyone doubts her. Did her heritage drive her to become a major player in the City's dealing rooms, where derivatives players earn millions? The jungle of the City of London leads to the Machu Picchu trail in Peru, where Helen Jenks's heritage becomes entwined with the world's secret intelligence services and the biggest business of all, cocaine. Linda Davies takes you from the world's financial centres to the mountains and jungles of Peru, where the old Incas succumbed to the Conquistadores. And, if you want to know how the City works, read this book. 'A cracking, fast-paced thriller. Excellently researched. I thoroughly enjoyed it.' General Sir Peter de la Billière. 'Excellent depiction of Peru . . . well handled cliff-hanger ending.'' Daily Express.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Twenty First Century Publishers Ltd (28 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904433634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904433637
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A cracking, fast-paced thriller. Excellently researched.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.' -- Sir Peter de la Billiere

`Excellent depiction of Peru . . . well handled cliff-hanger
ending.'
-- Daily Express

From the Author

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 a banker, provided the inspiration for this novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinventing the Spy Thriller 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Reinventing the Spy Thriller 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take "Into the Fire" on Holiday 22 May 2000
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Format:Paperback
"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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping financial thriller, excellent read. 29 Oct 1999
By A Customer
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 19 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After shaky start, genuinely gripping 18 May 1999
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Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great plot unfolds in this wonderfully multi- layered thriller
A great plot unfolds in this wonderfully multi- layered thriller. Linda Davies takes the reader from the corruption of the London financial markets to the jungles of Peru. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Harry Dunn
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but erratic pacing
I read the author's first book, Nest of Vipers, years ago - multiple times actually, but not recently so the memory is a bit hazy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Forman
4.0 out of 5 stars A new world
A new world to me giving me an insight to the City and its monetary dealings also the strength of human feelings in dealing with truth revenge and what drives people forward on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eileen Quint
1.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginative and predictable
Oh dear. Davies recycles her stock protagonist yet again. Empowered female shows the blokes how it's done. OK the first time only. Read more
Published on 16 July 2009 by S. Gore
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda's best work - so far...
This is the first book I read by Linda Davies and found it entirely gripping, I couldn't put it down. I was so inspired I ordered all of her other work the next day. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2003 by G B Parfitt
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and self-infatuated
This badly over-written "thriller" is actually quite tedious, in part because the central character, rather than a flesh and blood real human being - is a "Wonder... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2002 by Michael E. Piston
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, But Not As Good As the First Two and Fourth
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I enjoyed her first two books, and her fourth book. I felt the characters spent a little too much time talking in a way to educate the... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate thriller with a romantic subplot
"Into the Fire" is a fast-paced thriller that author Linda Davies ties together in a neat and surprising package in her final few chapters. Read more
Published on 15 May 2000 by Ethan Cooper
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