Writing as G W Shaw, crime writer William Shaw moves from his bestselling, atmospheric police procedurals to an exciting debut high octane adventure thriller. Part locked-room suspense, part adventure story, Dead Rich is an unforgettable, edge of the seat thriller set in the blazing heat of the Caribbean.
Super yachts are secretive, like their owners. Like castles, they are created to inspire awe. Like castles too, they are defended. They are an entire world, separate from the rest of us.
Kai, a carefree once-successful musician, is invited by his new Russian girlfriend Zina Pirumov to join her family's Caribbean holiday. Impulsively accepting, he learns that Zina is the daughter of a Russian oligarch, and that the trip is aboard his yacht, the Zinaida, moored in the US Virgin Islands. On arrival Kai discovers that the head of security has been arrested, armed guards are below deck, there's an onboard panic room and a strong sense of all not being quite right beneath the gleaming surfaces of the Pirumov's lives. A murderous imposter is on board the Zinaida, but who is it? Kai must fathom who can be trusted.... The world of the super-rich is a gilded cage - can Kai escape with his life?