Baker & Taylor The diamond industry explodes into anarchy when a mine of rare and beautiful gems is discovered in Russia, a powerful jeweler prepares to sign an exclusive rights agreement, and the international governing board seeks to establish their control
Blackwell North Amer The world's diamond industry is about to explode into anarchy. In the frozen north of Russia, a newly operational mine is yielding the most beautiful and rare gems the world has ever seen: red diamonds called "bloodstones." And Ivan Karakov - the wiliest, most powerful jeweler in the industry - is about to sign an agreement with Moscow to sell them exclusively. From all over the world, the directors of Diamond Enterprises gather to try to stop Karakov from destabilizing their control of the trade. But there are crippling betrayals and tortured secrets even within the ranks of their own Board. Julius Heyderman is determined to destroy his lifelong enemy, Arthur Harris, who runs the British end of the business; Reece, Heyderman's right-hand man, is locked into a relationship he can't control; Kruger has abandoned his wife of thirty years for his brilliant and calculating secretary, Ruth Frasier, who has her own ideas about how to rise to the Board; and Ray Andrews is being sent back to Moscow, to salvage the deal he botched five years earlier. That leaves James Hastings - young, aggressive, burningly ambitious - tipped to be the new star of D.E. if he succeeds in Moscow. James is prepared to sacrifice everything - except his beautiful, aristocratic wife, Elizabeth - to succeed in his plot to foil Karakov, the most brilliant plotter of them all. From London to Paris to Moscow they do battle, from the villa at Cap d'Antibes where James gambles everything, to the final boardroom showdown where lust, greed, and ruthless intrigue determine the fate of Diamond Enterprises as it grapples for the glittering bloodstones.
Baker & Taylor The diamond industry explodes into anarchy when a mine of rare and beautiful gems is discovered in Russia, a powerful jeweler prepares to sign an exclusive rights agreement, and the international governing board seeks to establish their control. 20,000 first printing.