Book Five in the World Designs Ltd. Series.
What could be more relaxing? An unanticipated holiday takes the three San Martín brothers to the remote peninsula La Guajira in Colombia. Under no obligation to either of their employers, the Gendarmería Nacional of Argentina or the London-based World Designs Ltd., the young men think that at long last, they will have some downtime.
But think again! Their planned trip of leisure takes several unexpected twists. To their annoyance, they manage to get sucked into a murder investigation. The discovery of the body unearths a conspiracy to smuggle cocaine from Colombia into neighboring Venezuela. Then, with their luck running from bad to worse, they find themselves caught in the crosshairs of a long-running family feud in the northern peninsula.
However, it is the entrance of one small Wayuu boy who materializes on the center stage of the action that turns upside down not only their holiday, but also their lives.
Two brothers from Colombia, Salvadore and Raúl San Martín, are operatives with World Designs Ltd., an organization that meddles internationally in the name of justice, freedom and equality, and whatever else might catch their attention. Salvadore and Raúl have been assigned to work for the Argentina Gendarmería Nacional as a part of an elite unit involved in enforcement against illegal drug trafficking. This unit targets the top level drug lords that arrange for vast amounts of cocaine to be harvested, transported and distributed across international borders.
Drug lord Ramón Subizar is planning a major drug push on Christmas eve at the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. But the Gendarmería intend to crash Subizar’s party.
Add to the brew a volatile horse called Don Diego, a Buell motorcycle, a gypsy aeroplane pilot, and the drug lord with his new product of opium, and there is guaranteed to be an explosion.
Eastern Europe is in chaos as the Soviet-backed system of Communism collapses. But in Czechoslovakia, the population is jubilant. Prague Spring has arrived at last!
But one colonel of the old order plans his escape. He has access to priceless Bohemian museum pieces. Never mind that they belong to the people of this nation. They are to be stolen, and sold to a wealthy South American drug lord, for enough money to set up the colonel for life.
Ah, but Nico DiCapelli is having none of that. His organization, World Designs Ltd., has sent him to an old inn, The Kámen, in the bucolic countryside of Czechoslovakia to shadow the elusive and mysterious Sylvia Duncan, and to intercept the museum pieces. A fine plan, but as it turns out, the countryside is not so bucolic after all. The colonel turns up dead, and suddenly Nico finds himself as the next target.
Sylvia Duncan has recently departed post-communist Czechoslovakia to come to Amsterdam, at the invitation of Nico DiCapelli. Instead, she runs into Salvadore San Martín and his motorcycle. Literally.
So begins a long and perilous chase across The Netherlands and Belgium, as they find themselves once again tangling with the deadly and unscrupulous Colombian drug lord, Eduardo Fuentes. But this time, there is another player in this dangerous contest, Salvadore’s brother, Raúl San Martín. There is no mistaking whose side Raúl is on, as he has earned the sobriquet “la mano izquierda” – the Left Hand of Eduardo Fuentes.
How does Salvadore figure into all this? And will Nico be able to untangle the conundrum before Sylvia once again falls under the control of the drug lord?
It’s a long way home, indeed. But some won’t make it home at all.