An international tale of deceit, deception, corruption and murder,where money laundering and the lure of quick profit are all pervading, but in the end disastrous.
Begining with a mugging in London, Degrees of Dishonesty tells how no matter from which part of the world or sector of society people come, the temptation to be dishonest is no respecter of anybody. Amongst others in a large and colourful cast, an unfaithful expatriate Hong Kong trader, who has never been entirely honest finds that small personal and professional indiscretions lead to ever larger ones. A pair of dishonest expatriate Hong Kong lawyers are struck off before one of them is murdered and the body dumped in the sea, leaving the other with large illegally obtained funds that need laundering. A swindling Swede, sets about mining sapphires in Laos, but is debunked on his own doorstep. Two British Artful Dodgers, who if not perfect, are the cleanest of them all, whilst there is a Swiss bank, whose outward façade is one of total integrity, but whose practices are not. And finally there is the old established and seemingly totally respectable Austrian gem cutting house with its up and coming clean cut Sales Director, the victim of the London mugging, to whom temptation finally comes visiting, whilst justice, in a vareity of forms, is eventually done.