The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger is a straightforward, suspenseful thriller about two smart women independently searching for truth in the corrupt world of offshore banking. What ensues is murder, mayhem and deceit. Read this when you are in the mood for a believable, well-paced mystery that takes you around the world. It is a cross between The Firm by John Grisham and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. In fact, I found the absence of an unreliable narrator totally refreshing. Best paired with a double bacon cheeseburger with fries and a spicy, full-bodied glass of wine from Corbieres.