By Robert Goddard
There's no such factor as effortless cash. As health professional Edward Hammond is set to determine. 13 years in the past he played a lifestyles saving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi. Gazi is now status trial for battle crimes within the foreign court docket within the Hague. After his lifestyles used to be stored, his males went directly to slaughter millions within the Balkan civil wars.
Now Gazi's relations wish extra from him: in alternate for conserving Hammond's soiled little mystery, they wish him to discover for them the fellow who holds the foremost to the entire funds Gazi squirreled away ahead of he was once locked up. yet Italian financier, Marco Piravani, doesn't are looking to be chanced on, now not through Hammond, no longer by means of a person. No quicker has Hammond tracked him down, than Piravani has disappeared back.
His pursuit will take him first to the Hague, after which to Milan to discover the Italian, after which eventually again to the scene of his crime, Belgrade, the place he needs to confront the choices he as soon as so simply took. in simple terms then will he be capable of lay the earlier to relaxation.
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According to social identity theory a group member usually takes on the beliefs and values of the group, in part through the natural desire to be liked (Brown and Abrams, 2003) and not cause social friction (Coady, 1996). Group members emulate the ethics of their peers and prefer them, even over those of direct authority figures (Granitz and Ward, 2001). Consequently, a person feels they will ‘join in’ and act unethically rather than letting their friends down (Beck, 1999; Grossman, 1995; Weber, Kurke, and Pentico, 2003).
The network then grows as new members are encouraged to join. According to Williams (2001) some networks defend themselves by developing buffers at the periphery to protect the core from police investigation. The low-ranked members do the high-profile criminal work whilst the core members keep such activity at arm’s length to ensure deniability of any criminal action and to reduce their visibility to observers outside the network. Thus the network leadership may not be at the core. Carley, Lee and Krackhardt (2002) demonstrate that the leaders may not have the most contacts in the network; a leader may only communicate with one lieutenant who then interacts with agents and allies.
The need to communicate quickly, easily and effectively is a basic requirement for any business operating across large distances, either domestically or internationally. As such, for criminal enterprises – a business unto themselves, albeit illegitimate – the need to communicate their activities is just as important (Grabosky and Smith, 1998). It is no longer viable for criminals to conduct clandestine meetings in isolated locations to exchange products or information; they require instantaneous communication that spans the globe amongst their networks of contacts, and the very sophistication and complexity that dictates their business activities also makes them highly susceptible to high quality intelligence attacks.