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The diamond conspiracy : a novel
Kublicki, Nicolas M.
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Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, [2002]

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508 pages ; 24 cm
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The last thing Department of Justice lawyer Patrick Carlton wanted was this case-a minor antitrust suit over a small diamond mine in Arkansas, forced on him by a vindictive boss. Settle it and be done with it, he's told, and he goes about doing just that-until he finds out what lurks beneath the surface. The conspiracy he uncovers, beginning with an obscure 1920 geological survey and leading all the way to South Africa, Siberia, Rome and the White House, revolves around one obsession: diamonds.
Carlton lands the case of his life, and it will be his last if he can't locate a hidden Russian diamond stockpile, bring a corrupt White House chief of staff to justice and break up a diamond monopoly controlled by the nefarious Waterboer Mining Co.
Carlton, an unlikely and reluctant hero, finds help from a disparate group, including a beguiling female coworker, a CIA desk-jockey and a flamboyant millionaire-entrepreneur. Lined against them is an array of factions looking to use the diamonds to further their own agendas. Carlton's quest to find the diamonds-and save his own skin-takes him across the Atlantic and into the Barents Sea, to the Vatican and inside the White House. Forced to confront one foe after another, Carlton finally gets Waterboer in the place he can hurt them most-a courtroom. A compelling page-turner from beginning to end, Kublicki delivers the goods with the legal and military realism of Grisham and Clancy.

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Booklist Review

Department of Justice attorney Patrick Carlton's latest seemingly lame case involves a defunct Arkansas diamond mine. "Settle the case," his boss demands, and, lo and behold, without any fight, the accused corporation settles for $20 million. Case closed? Hardly. Immediately, Carlton's suspicious of why the company didn't put up a fight, and as he digs deeper, he uncovers vast corruption and greed in the diamond industry, all controlled by a South African monopoly. But it's more than just a greedy company at work; in fact, Carlton, thinking himself ultraparanoid at first, uncovers an international conspiracy to control diamond mining, with its U.S. figurehead apparently a high-ranking White House employee. As Carlton involves colleagues to help reveal the motivation behind the cartel, people begin to die, so it's up to Carlton himself to stay alive long enough to solve the mystery. This is an enormous novel for first-timer Kublicki, and though vast in scope, its intense drama keeps the pages turning at a quick pace. Look forward to his next work. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

Using the monopolistic practices of the diamond industry as his blueprint, Kublicki builds an impressively complex plot in this well-crafted, exciting political thriller. It begins innocuously enough when a suave billionaire named Max MacLean buys the site of a former diamond mine in Arkansas. His attempt to develop the old mine triggers a series of threats from various governmental groups; then MacLean's lawyer is murdered after completing the transaction. Patrick Carlton, a hard-nosed attorney from the Justice Department, takes on the case, and he and his attractive younger colleague, Erika Wassenaar, soon find themselves being chased by a series of would-be assassins. The investigative trail eventually leads to a powerful, corrupt South African diamond conglomerate, Waterboer, which is trying to purchase a reserve of Russian diamonds in an attempt to maintain control of the world supply. Assisted by MacLean and a CIA agent named Pink, Carlton and Wassenaar head off to Murmansk to try to get to the stash first in an adventurous subplot that features plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Kublicki's background as a Justice Department attorney helps him authenticate the details of a conspiracy that stretches to the highest levels of the White House, and he keeps the tight, riveting plot clipping along despite several characters who are one-dimensional and cartoonish. The pace slows toward the end, as Carlton journeys to Italy to enlist the aid of the Vatican and then a Mafioso to try to bring down the diamond cartel, but Kublicki shows more than enough of the right stuff to make this a readable, engaging debut. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A department of justice maverick lawyer, Patrick Carlton is plucked from the biggest case of his career and thrust into a small antitrust case involving a diamond mine in, of all places, Arkansas. (Aside from Colorado, Arkansas is in fact the only state that produces diamonds.) Carlton becomes suspicious when the shark law firm representing the mine agrees to a ridiculously high, ridiculously quick settlement, and he recruits the beautiful Erika Wassenaar, a newly minted lawyer, to help him investigate. Waterboer, the monopolistic diamond behemoth of the world (think DeBeers), will stop at nothing to maintain its artificially inflated diamond prices, and Carlton suspects that it is somehow involved with the Arkansas mine. Curiosity and determination lead him to uncover a conspiracy that runs rampant through the upper echelons of the United States, South African, and Russian governments, but he gets assistance from the unlikely duo of the Mafia and the Vatican, with quite a few other surprises along the way. Tightly written and fast paced la Tom Clancy's thrillers, this debut takes readers on a whirlwind, worldwide journey through corruption. Recommended for most popular fiction collections.-Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib., Boca Raton, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.