|About the Book|
In A Shark out of Water Emma Lathens banker character, John Putnam Thatcher, proves that he is just as able a financier and detective on the international scene as he is in his native U.S.A., just as at home in the rather exotic milieu of Gdansk,MoreIn A Shark out of Water Emma Lathens banker character, John Putnam Thatcher, proves that he is just as able a financier and detective on the international scene as he is in his native U.S.A., just as at home in the rather exotic milieu of Gdansk, Poland, as on Wall Street. Dispatched to the western Baltic on the rumor that an excellent investment opportunity might arise--the possibility of rebuilding the Kiel Canal--Thatcher finds himself in the midst of two quite extraordinary events.The first is the complete chaos that ensues when the canal, little-publicized but the carrier of more traffic than any other such body in the world, becomes completely snarled on a foggy night, with hundreds of boats, small and large, blindly stumbling every which way within the crowded basin. Dramatic as that is, the other event affects our friend much more personally: an official of BADA, the Baltic Area Development Association, is found murdered in the aftermath of a champagne party. The unflappable Thatcher, whose acute observations are always spiced with a quiet humor, and who is more or less above the fray, falls naturally into the role of investigator.Lathen has been chronicling the adventures of John Putnam Thatcher for a number of years, and his character has flourished as steadily as his economic fortunes. Its no small feat to tell a story based on business and finance and make it as suspenseful and dramatically satisfying as those set in more sanguinary settings, but Lathen does it with flair, as is attested by the large following she and Thatcher have gained.