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Louise Moscow unwittingly becomes involved in an international crime ring. Investment banker Louise Moscow loves her new life and career in late 1980s Paris. With a high-profile dream job, plus fascinating friends and love interests in a glamorous city, things couldn't be better. When she stumbles upon criminal activity at her company, the FBI and CIA force her to cooperat ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 19th 2015 by Mosaic Design Book Publishers
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Michelle Stanley
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“Money is the root of all evil,” and Lorraine Evanoff’s novel, Foliage: An International Banking Spy Thriller, sprouts many corrupt roots. Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) hires Louise Moscow, a brilliant investment banker to work at their Paris branch. She has a knack for wooing rich clientele and enjoys the lavish lifestyle that accompanies the job.

Louise begins to notice discrepancies in the bank’s finances and other illicit a
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Denise Van plew
Feb 02, 2016 Denise Van plew rated it it was amazing
I had chosen this book based on what it promised was inside by the little description I had read. I was unfamiliar with this author also so I do like to think new ones to me are part of the adventure. So I venture in not knowing what to expect. I can tell right away that this is exactly what it claims to be a spy thriller. It has been quite awhile since I have read one such as this. It lays down a solid rundown right away before Louise is fully in the picture. She accepts a position with a inter ...more
P.M. DeVuono
May 24, 2016 P.M. DeVuono rated it it was amazing
Foliage is my kind of book: one in which you can’t tell what will happen next. Louise Moscow is my kind of gal: high class but low maintenance, smart but not stuck-up, sexy and sensitive but never crude or mawkish.

Wrapped in an intricate spy thriller, Lorraine Evanoff has given us a first rate primer on greed and corruption in international banking. Evanoff’s background in international finance gives her a special insight and adds authenticity to this story of the shifting ebb and flow of dirty
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Jim Stott
Feb 22, 2016 Jim Stott rated it it was amazing
I’m an avid reader of spy thrillers and books of mystery and thoroughly enjoyed Foliage by Lorraine Evanoff! The book is steeped in history, romance, and intrigue. The amount of research and detail contained in the book is extraordinary.

Ms. Evanoff creates a heroine, Louise Moscow, who is highly intelligent, likable, and one whom the reader can identify with. From the opening moments to when Louise makes a phone call from a payphone and says only one word, Foliage, to when she finds herself hi
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Patrick McDonald
Oct 19, 2016 Patrick McDonald rated it it was amazing
LOUISE MOSCOW is a DEDICATED HERO FOR OUR TIMES
A review of “Foliage” by Lorraine Evanoff

Part history lesson, part romantic potboiler, author Lorraine Evanoff introduces a new hero for our times – the unflappable Louise Moscow – in her first mystery novel, “Foliage.” The title refers to a code word, and intrigue is on the menu in this unusual adventure involving...wait for it...international banking. Set in the early 1990s, Evanoff combines the underhanded tactics of the real Bank of Credit and C
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Russ
May 04, 2017 Russ rated it liked it
What I liked: this book provides a great exposé of BCCI, the notoriously corrupt Pakistani-founded bank from the 1980s. Louise Moscow takes a job with BCCI. The job seems to be all champagne and caviar, with her living in Paris and jet-setting around the world to take on new clients. But the bank is excessively secretive and each new client is shadier than the last, which eventually raises red flags for Louise. The BCCI scandal is an important story worthy of a thriller, and Louise is a good cha ...more
Simon Levy
Apr 21, 2016 Simon Levy rated it it was amazing
Ms. Evanoff has written an incredibly timely book, especially given the recent release of the Panama Papers and the exposure of corruption within the banking and financial services industries. The book is a wonderful combination of non-fiction and fiction, with a heroine who is smart, beautiful, spiritual and complex. The book, which is well-researched (and even has footnotes), is obviously written by someone who knows what she's writing about. It exposes how money moves around the world, who co ...more
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A real thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. I loved the characters and how they all worked so well together. The twists and turns will keep you riveted to keep turning the page to find out what happens next. I would read this book over again to see what I missed the 1st time through. Lorraine clearly has the ability to write books.
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Chicago native Lorraine Evanoff has worked over 20 years in the film industry in Paris and Los Angeles on both sides of the camera and has multiple film credits to her name. She also worked in Silicon Valley doing corporate finance during the dot.com era, then made her way back to Hollywood as CFO of National Lampoon. Foliage is her debut novel inspired by events that occurred when she was living ...more
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