Exit Strategy is the third book of Peper’s trilogy. Mara Winkle, the CEO of Mozaik explained the nature of her start up company: “We’ve simply built a took that targets illegal financial activity. We’re looking for money launderers and fraudsters.” What could possibly go wrong when Mozaik’s targets were among the most powerful, wealthy, and ruthless people in the world?
When the government determined that the Mozaik software did exactly what it promised, a law was passed that required all financial institutions to use it. In order to meet the sudden incredible demand for their services, Mara had to find the money to ramp up the company quickly. They needed lots of help and lots of money. The evil Lars had Mozaik in a stranglehold, and he killed some of the people who were closes to Mara and James. He threatened to do away with more people if they didn’t cooperate. When Mara and James figured out exactly how Lars planned to become the biggest money launderer on the planet by inserting a bug into their program, Mara thought, “That’s how these games worked. You found leverage over people, and then turned them into your pawns. And she was sick of being a pawn.”
In the process of writing a great mystery plot and creating characters that you’ll love and hate, Peper takes you through the details of the trials and pitfalls of the start-up world. In addition to learning a lot, you’ll see some hours fly by. The author brings this story to a fitting and satisfying conclusion.