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The Diamond Conspiracy Hardcover – November 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Using the monopolistic practices of the diamond industry as his blueprint, Kublicki builds an impressively complex plot in this well-crafted, exciting political thriller. It begins innocuously enough when a suave billionaire named Max MacLean buys the site of a former diamond mine in Arkansas. His attempt to develop the old mine triggers a series of threats from various governmental groups; then MacLean's lawyer is murdered after completing the transaction. Patrick Carlton, a hard-nosed attorney from the Justice Department, takes on the case, and he and his attractive younger colleague, Erika Wassenaar, soon find themselves being chased by a series of would-be assassins. The investigative trail eventually leads to a powerful, corrupt South African diamond conglomerate, Waterboer, which is trying to purchase a reserve of Russian diamonds in an attempt to maintain control of the world supply. Assisted by MacLean and a CIA agent named Pink, Carlton and Wassenaar head off to Murmansk to try to get to the stash first in an adventurous subplot that features plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Kublicki's background as a Justice Department attorney helps him authenticate the details of a conspiracy that stretches to the highest levels of the White House, and he keeps the tight, riveting plot clipping along despite several characters who are one-dimensional and cartoonish. The pace slows toward the end, as Carlton journeys to Italy to enlist the aid of the Vatican and then a Mafioso to try to bring down the diamond cartel, but Kublicki shows more than enough of the right stuff to make this a readable, engaging debut.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A department of justice maverick lawyer, Patrick Carlton is plucked from the biggest case of his career and thrust into a small antitrust case involving a diamond mine in, of all places, Arkansas. (Aside from Colorado, Arkansas is in fact the only state that produces diamonds.) Carlton becomes suspicious when the shark law firm representing the mine agrees to a ridiculously high, ridiculously quick settlement, and he recruits the beautiful Erika Wassenaar, a newly minted lawyer, to help him investigate. Waterboer, the monopolistic diamond behemoth of the world (think DeBeers), will stop at nothing to maintain its artificially inflated diamond prices, and Carlton suspects that it is somehow involved with the Arkansas mine. Curiosity and determination lead him to uncover a conspiracy that runs rampant through the upper echelons of the United States, South African, and Russian governments, but he gets assistance from the unlikely duo of the Mafia and the Vatican, with quite a few other surprises along the way. Tightly written and fast paced … la Tom Clancy's thrillers, this debut takes readers on a whirlwind, worldwide journey through corruption. Recommended for most popular fiction collections.
Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib., Boca Raton, FL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570719780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570719783
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicolas Kublicki (Koo-Blitz-Key) was born in Los Angeles of a French mother and a Polish father, both World War II survivors (in 1998, Israel's Yad Vashem Foundation awarded his father the Righteous Gentile Medal for hiding a Jewish woman during the Nazi occupation of Poland in World War II).

Nick graduated from the Lycée Français de Los Angeles and obtained his BA in International Relations from UCLA. He worked on defense and national security affairs on Capitol Hill for two years before obtaining his JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, then his LLM in Environmental Law from George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to the Bars of California, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

After serving in the Office of Policy and the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Nick returned to Los Angeles to begin practicing real estate law in 1994. He left his law firm partnership in 2003 and currently splits his time between writing, the real estate business, charitable and community boards, and teaching Real Estate Transactions as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Nick's love of writing began at an early age. "I fell in love with writing stories as a kid during summer vacations, when my friends were swimming or hiking," he explains. He admits to regularly cutting English classes at UCLA to write short stories in the library.

While searching for his first law job, he was watching a television documentary about the history of the diamond trade on PBS and thought: "I have to write a novel about this." He was instantly hooked and started researching and writing The Diamond Conspiracy. Yet wanting to become a novelist and actually becoming one was not that simple, he soon realized. Working long, demanding hours as a lawyer required him to write in his spare time. It took him nine long years to complete and edit The Diamond Conspiracy, which received rave reviews from trade reviewers and fellow authors. It took another eight years to write and edit The Tesla Formula.

Since then, The Diamond Conspiracy has been translated and published in German as Das Monopol, in Portuguese as Conspiração Diamante, and in Thai as ตัดเหลี่ยมเพชร,. Nick is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Authors Guild. He is hard at work on his third thriller novel.

An avid traveler and adventurer at heart, Nick has had the privilege of visiting over 30 countries, including scuba diving with sharks in the South Pacific, pirogueing on the tributaries of the Amazon River in Brazil, camping among the eternal snows of the French Alps, riding a camel along the Nile in Egypt, climbing the Mayan pyramids in the Yucatan jungle of Mexico, and sailing an outboard among the glaciers of Greenland.
In his spare a time (a rare occurrence since he is married with two young daughters), he enjoys walking, scuba diving, history, reading, and movies. Like his protagonist Patrick Carlton, he is an avid admirer of vintage automobiles, a fan of Frank Sinatra (who happened to be his neighbor when he was a young child) and a devoted cigar aficionado.

Nick is thankful to Divine Providence, his family, friends, and students for their inestimable support and guidance. He is especially thankful to his readers.

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Format: Hardcover
This book is outstanding - a definite Top Drawer! From beginning to end, Kublicki has your curiosity piqued. You will be dazzled by the story, just as the diamonds will do! The book explains the 4 "C's" of diamonds - cut, color, clarity, carat (weight) and continues to educate you regarding diamonds as we know them. The end of the story is a real surprise mystery of diamonds solved. Research is the success of writing a book and Kublicki succeeds in every aspect. The Diamond Conspiracy is a source of information. In addition, the translation of Russian and Spanish contribute greatly to the story.
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An exciting, well-crafted tale by a brilliant new novelist. Well-researched and entirely plausible, this book is deserving of wide recognition and acclaim. We eagerly await Mr. Kublicki's next book.
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The book is extremely well-researched and it transports you from the halls of the Justice Department to places like the Vatican, Beverly Hills and Russia. The Russian passages were most intriguing -- I felt I was actually there. The research gives this book its strong feel of authenticity. You almost have to wonder just how deep the author slipped into the closed circles of hidden power to get the story. It certainly pulls you in, and I await this author's next creation.
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By A Customer on November 7, 2002
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A fast-paced, sophisticated thriller. Kublicki's book is well-researched and written, and thoroughly entertaining. I thought lawyers were boring. Where did this guy come from? I came into work bleary-eyed just so I could stay up and read more. I'm already looking forward to more work from this author.
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By A Customer on December 12, 2002
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This book is a MUST read, a perfect gift for the holiday season. Kublicki is such a talented writer-- I can't wait for his next adventure!
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Diamonds! If you've ever seen that great blue nugget the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian, sitting in isolated glory, encased in a thick glass cocoon that could probably withstand an atom bomb, you felt a twinge of excited awe. After the Mona Lisa, the Hope Diamond is the most visited exhibit in the world. (Wiki). A hunk of carbon worth a king's ransom and more and associated with fabulous wealth, with curses.... with murder. Diamonds orchestrate world-wide violence and fuel a sub-culture as you will see in this exciting drama.

Author-Lawyer Kublicki is highly knowledgeable not only of the law but his detailed and erudite prose is chock full of interesting details, such as the description of the inside of a Bell/Agusta tilt-rotor jet-helo airplane or an office inside the Kremlin, and of course he knows his diamonds. Diamonds are the "synergy of God's hand and man's industry". Kublicki's authenticity is a huge factor in successfully putting you in a scene. It's like taking Thriller 101.

Hero and protagonist lawyer Patrick Carlton is no James Bond. You might even say he is refreshingly square. Carlton bypasses the sartorial elegance of his fellow lawyers, and clumps around in cowboy boots. But most of the characters in the novel, such as the billionaire Max MacLean will don a Pal white Zileri dinner jacket while smoking a L'Anniversaire Maduro cigar and you sit on a pale green suede Roche Bobois sofa in his office. Carlton's fellow lawyer Dan Wenzel totes a Taiga Louis Vuitton attaché case. Well, you get the drift, in this novel you rub shoulders with the chic affluent and you can pick up a lot of nifty sartorial jargon as you go. But our hero Patrick bucks the wealthy lawyer image and gets down to the fundamentals: catching the crooks.
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This exciting, riveting Thriller will open your eyes and educate you about the diamond industry or better - Monopoly. The characters are very well developed, the story is exiting, and believable, the facts are well researched, and the fascinating range of the author shines through when the plot takes you from DC to Beverly Hills to Russia and even to the inner Sanctum of the Vatican. It shows that the author is a lawyer. This book is very much in the lines of a Clancy or Grisham novel and i can only highly recommend it.
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I am a big Clancy and Grisham fan and bought this book as it seemed to be in that vein. Wow, I was captivated from the very beginning by this pageturner; I could not put it down.
The characters are well developed and the story is very fast-paced with a complex plot that twists and turns all the way through. I did not want it to end and felt let down when it did. High praises for a great book; one that is a definite read again. You will enjoy it. I am eagerly anticipating the next book.
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