Title: No Right Way
Series: A Valentin Vermeulen Thriller Book 4
Author: Michael Niemann
Publisher: Coffeetown Press
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Genre: Mystery, International Thriller
It is the fall of 2015. The refugee stream from Syria into Turkey has
swelled to unprecedented numbers. Valentin Vermeulen, investigator
for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, is sent to check
that the money sent to alleviate the crisis is spent for the intended purposes.
He visits a newly established UN sub-office in Gaziantep, southern
Turkey. After being stood up by the local administrator, Vermeulen
spends the weekend in Kilis to see if the refugees not living in official
camps receive proper aid. He makes his way to a rough
tent camp. None of the refugees there have received any aid.
At the camp, he meets Rima, who’s questioned by the police in
connection with the murder of her friend. His decision to help her
sets in motion a violent confrontation from which they barely
escape. Despite her plea for help, he has to go back to Gaziantep.
His investigation into why the refugees in the camp haven’t received
any aid leads to the discovery of an audacious fraud perpetrated by
the local mafia. Since Rima hasn’t stopped asking questions either, both
are chased by the mafia and the police. Desperate to recover the stolen
millions and keep Rima safe, Vermeulen faces his toughest challenge yet.
About the Author
Michael Niemann grew up in a small town in Germany, ten kilometers from the Dutch border. Crossing that border often at a young age sparked in him a curiosity about the larger world. He studied political science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn and international studies at the University of Denver. During his academic career he focused his work on southern Africa and frequently spent time in the region. After taking a fiction writing course from his friend, the late Fred Pfeil, he embarked on a different way to write about the world.
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“Niemann blends an unusual locale with an appealing, relatable hero
while drawing attention to the plight of refugees.”—Publishers Weekly