After the Texans
By Declan Milling
Having thwarted the corrupt and disgraced former government in Papua New Guinea, the UN’s carbon market watchdog is riding high. Behind the scenes, however, all is not well. Emil Pfeffer, head of market integrity for the body, is in meltdown. The UN body’s investigation into those events has been shelved and the perpetrators have snatched his girlfriend, Johanna, as insurance that his inquiries will go no further.
Wracked by guilt over her abduction and searching for ways to find her, Emil’s work thrusts him into a high stakes legal battle in Hong Kong, the outcome of which may shatter the carbon market and, with it, the last chance for a globally coordinated response to climate change. But this is a just a skirmish in the war being waged for control of the world’s remaining recoverable fossil fuels: the economic war for hegemony over global energy into the future.
Emil knows Hong Kong well, but isn’t prepared for what he finds or for what finds him: half- leads on Johanna – ghosts from PNG – murder, blackmail and political intrigue.
It’s so captivating he may never leave.
By Declan Milling
It’s the end of the decade and the international response to climate change has defaulted to a piecemeal carbon market, which a new UN body is trying to make work.
But the carbon market is a new battleground in the war between militant anti-capitalist activists, aggressively opposed to markets, and the devotees, intent on protecting not only the status quo, but, especially, their economic interests in it.
Emil Pfeffer, the new body’s Director of Market Integrity, thinks he’s making a difference, but he hasn’t really left the comfort zone of his cocooned bureaucrat’s existence.
Emil is addressing C-World, the biggest carbon market conference and trade fair on the global circuit, when a questioner challenges the integrity of one of Emil’s own staff, allegedly arrested in Papua New Guinea.
Events half a world and, for Emil, an earlier lifetime away in the land of headhunters and cannibalism, are about to change everything. His cosseted, self-contained, somewhat self-satisfied world is about to be turned upside down by sorcery and murder.