A keen reader will know that shell companies, offshore accounts, dodgy financial dealings and the Virgin Islands are referenced in my debut novel.
I was reminded of the dubious nature of global money flow this week with the release of the Panama Papers. Kudos to the global media organizations who blew the lid on these shady practices. Some of the best coverage has been in The Guardian, while the BBC had a very informative primer on money laundering and shell companies.
Honestly, as a fiction writer, I have to scratch my head in wonder. It's a cliche, but you just can't make this stuff up. The Panama Papers make Edward Snowden's document dump look like child's play. I'm confident thriller writers will be mining the Panama Papers for years to come. More importantly, the transparency that the Panama Papers bring to fund management and the behaviors of the world's wealthiest and most privileged is only a good thing. As of this writing, one world leader has already been booted from office. More will surely come.
So what is to be done? Shining a light on this practice is a start. Advocating for real change and tougher regulation is a next step. For me, I'll continue to fold some of these more nefarious practices into my fiction in the hope that it both entertains and informs.
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