1. What inspired you to write your book? While living in New York a few years ago, I was intrigued by the number of “dark properties” in our neighborhood and in other parts of the city. “Dark properties” are multi-million dollar condominiums that have no one living in them, and whose ownership is hidden from public records. Through my own research and in subsequent newspaper investigations, I learned that many of these properties in New York, and in other American cities, are owned by members of the Chinese Communist Party who are hiding illicit assets outside of China. Other foreign officials from countries like Russia were also buying such properties because, unlike opening a bank or securities account, ownership of real estate assets is easy to hide under existing American laws. What made the Chinese ownership most intriguing was not only the size and scale of foreign assets owned by Communist Party leaders, but the intense and brutal efforts being made to repatriate these assets after a regime change in China.
5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? It seems to me that the whole publishing industry is becoming more reader-driven. Social media has made it easier than ever before to see what people like to read and what drives their interest. I think this makes it easier for both publishers and authors alike to create even wider, more diverse and creative content than ever before.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? Unlike other books on the shelf this month, Vanquish of the Dragon Shroud is a fast-moving thriller, taken from events in current headlines. Once critic compared it to a Hitchcock-style thriller. And, if you want to learn more about the high-stakes investment world, this is a fun way to do it!
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