Stina Hemming has written a series of legal thrillers about crime, fraud, and mayhem in the capital markets—and the lawyers who paper the corruption. Hemming’s protagonist is Alex Greene, a US-trained lawyer turned securities investigator, whose job is to unravel fraud and deceit in the capital markets. Living in Paris, Alex works for Basel Re, an international insurance firm, and her investigations require her to traverse the globe. Alex is relentless in her pursuit of the Wall Street fraudsters who will go to any length—including murder—to protect their money and reputations.
To get the job done, Alex, an attractive forty-something with martial arts skills, teams up with two unexpected allies: Max Pound is a former agent of the DGSE, the French equivalent of the CIA; and Joshua “Wolfman” Workman is a Mossad-trained assassin. Alex’s unconventional investigation methods, which are not always within the four corners of the law, consistently result in favorable outcomes for her client, but do not always serve the common good.
Focusing on the attorneys who service and often facilitate securities fraud, Hemming’s books highlight the high stakes and complexity of the capital markets and the grey area between right and wrong, legal and illegal, that Alex Greene and other lawyers operate in.
In the first book, Greene is called in to investigate a series of suspicious deaths after life insurance claims are made by a Boston-based life settlement fund. Known as a death fund, the fund’s business is to cash in on life insurance policies purchased from hapless policyholders. When Greene begins to investigate, the death fund is in the final stages of a billion-dollar IPO heightening the stakes for the fund and Greene.
Stashed Cash is the second in Stina Hemming’s legal thriller series. Alex Greene is brought in to investigate an insurance policy claim related to Martha Graham, a wealthy but troubled Ivy League law student, who is found dead of a drug overdose under a freeway underpass in Seattle, Washington. The beneficiaries of Martha’s policies include her ex-fiancée and Malachi Investments, a West Coast hedge fund manager. The book focuses on the messianic aspects of Wall Street and the profit motives among the religious right.
Easy Money is the third legal thriller in Stina Hemming’s series and features the unscrupulous world of legalized cannabis in American society—the next American gold rush—and the transformation of gangs into respected participants on Wall Street.