I was raised with Agatha Christie and my compatriot Hercule Poirot and the challenge of finding out what the characters had planned was always irresistible. It was primarily the motivations and personalities of the characters that I tried to guess and understand. I have a passion for people.
I began writing the novel without knowing exactly what would happen. It was breathtaking – the story unfolding and the joy of creating a character. I chose an unusual protagonist: a young Chinese woman. To my knowledge, most fictional detectives (except for Miss Marple) have been older Caucasian males (until now!). I thought it would be interesting to create a detective that, at least at first glance, appeared to be the opposite. I wanted to see how Victoria Leung would handle her investigations. I have worked with many Chinese women in the last several decades and was inspired by their strength.
I am proud to have created Victoria Leung and will continue to develop her character in future books. Victoria loves to travel and will soon be working in the city of London. Having (almost) complete creative freedom to develop the story and its actors is a fascinating journey. The Flying Dragon also draws from my extensive personal and professional experience in international travel and the financial services industry. Many of my opinions about the world of finance transpire in the book as well.
Being a fiction writer is also a personal journey. I wrote several “serious” books about finance, which required sources and analytics. Fiction writing stems entirely from imagination, experience and existing relationships. For this reason, I chose to launch a personal website - it truly depicts who I am as a person. www.georgesugeux.com
Title: THE FLYING DRAGON
Author: Georges Ugeux
Publisher: Archway Books
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About the Book:
Celebrated non-fiction author Georges Ugeux delivers an intense, imaginative and intriguing financial thriller in his debut novel, The Flying Dragon. Set against the backdrop of the high-energy, high-tension world of global finance, The Flying Dragon plunges readers deep into a world where power, greed, money, and passion can intersect in a most dangerous way.
The Flying Dragon introduces protagonist Victoria Leung, a beautiful, brilliant, fearless, and highly accomplished financial fraud investigator. Responsible for taking down Sun Hung Kai Properties’ Kwok Brothers, a real estate empire, Victoria not only established herself as a formidable talent, but earned the nickname “The Flying Dragon” in the process. When she leaves the fraud department of the Hong Kong Police, Victoria accepts a position as a senior detective at Pegasus, an international security firm based in London. The Pegasus job affords Victoria much-needed freedom, but that calm is shattered when Victoria receives an urgent message from her close friend Diana Yu. It seems Diana’s ex- boyfriend Henry Chang is in danger. Henry’s co-worker, Bertrand Wilmington, head of the derivative trading desk of a global bank, has fallen from a window of the twenty-second floor trading room. The Hong Kong Police Force quickly concludes that the death was a suicide, but is there more to this story than meets the eye? Henry Chang thinks so—and knows that if anyone can find answers, it’s Victoria, the Flying Dragon herself. Hong Kong and Mainland authorities are unsuccessful in cracking the case, but Victoria uses her expertise to discover key clues. And Victoria, a dogged, tough, tenacious investigator, won’t back down until she gets answers. As she races to piece together the puzzle of what really happened, Victoria is swept up in a world of danger, deception, and deadly consequences. Can she extricate herself from this perilous web of arrogance, power, money and greed? Will she expose the corruption and bring down a financial giant? Or will time run out? The clock is ticking….
A Belgian and U.S. national, Georges Ugeux is the Chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors LLC, an investment banking advisory boutique. Ugeux joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1996, as Group Executive Vice President, International. An adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, Ugeux is the author of a numerous nonfiction books about finance. The Flying Dragon is his first work of fiction