Exit Strategy - A Rare "Gem..". Rating: 5 of 5 In massive amounts of debt and wondering why she ever decided to start her own the forensic accounting business, Katerina (Kat) Carter is forced to live in her office space after being evicted for not paying her rent. As her world is about to completely unravel, Liberty Diamond Minds comes into the picture. Someone has embezzled five billion dollars and before going public with the information, the CEO hopes Kat can track down the money and save the company. But Kat quickly learns more than just money is at stake as she uncovers a global conspiracy involving "blood diamonds," money laundering, and some of the most powerful people in the world. Colleen Cross' "Exit Strategy" starts with a heart pounding execution style murder in Argentina and the pace does not stop until the final page is turned. I would have never guessed that a book whose main character is a forensic accountant would be so engaging but this has all the elements of some of my favorite novels - entertaining, fast paced, real characters (with the possible exception of one of the more obstructionist police officials), and numerous plot twists. What I appreciated most was Cross' research and expertise regarding the world of underground trafficking, how organizations can launder money, and the use of the global diamond mining system to trade illegally without a trace. I don't think I will look at a diamond ring again without wondering if or how it may have played a role in some illegal activity. Cross provides just enough detail about how forensic accounting works to keep it interesting with the side benefit of illustrating just how challenging our own government and those around the world face in dealing not just with illegal trade activities but terrorists. This gave me an entirely new appreciation for what likely goes on behind the scenes everyday to keep the world safe. Cross has a gift for storytelling and I look forward to future works.