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The Shadow List

ryker #4

Ever gotten an email from a Nigerian prince or a Russian oligarch promising easy money?

We all laugh when it pops up in our inbox. And we wonder how anybody falls for these things. But scams are no laughing matter. They're one of the biggest organized crime rackets in the world. They're deadly. And State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker has fallen right into the middle of one.

The disappearance of a young American banker in London sends Ryker into the heart of a corruption scandal in Nigeria, at the same time his CIA agent wife Jessica finds herself chasing a Russian master criminal known as the Bear. Unknown to either of them, they are pulling at two ends of the same lethal thread, a staggeringly vicious enterprise of piracy, extortion, and murder.

The world is messy and dangerous, Jessica warns her husband. More dangerous than you know. And Judd is about to find out.

Praise for The Shadow List

Fascinating characters populate the pages... The action moves swiftly from Langley to Lagos to Saint Petersburg, with hardly time for a quiet bowl of borscht—trouble is always boiling, danger always present. But living on the edge for the CIA is a career well suited for Judd and Jessica, because they thrive on tension and challenge. The two are smart, appealing characters readers will enjoy spending a few hours with. Far more action than diplomacy in this page-flipping yarn. Fans of diplomatic thrillers will love this one.



A thrilling novel! The Shadow List exposes the intricate world of organised crime and our own modest efforts to tackle the behemoth. Todd Moss has enriched this story with his gripping style and engaging prose. I see myself in these pages, and it makes me nostalgic.



Moss, once a top State Department Africanist, ramps up the suspense and the action well into the red zone. His sketch of Nigeria is fascinating and edgy…The world really is messy and dangerous, and Moss brings it all to vivid life.



Moss’s rewarding fourth Judd Ryker political thriller… fans will be happy to follow the couple into whatever trouble the U.S. government has in store for them.

- Publishers Weekly

Todd Moss has certainly done his homework on Nigeria. The Shadow List has plenty of suspense to keep you wanting to turn the page!

- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister of Nigeria