Free from Amazon: Killing Plato by Jake Needham.
From Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong). First published by Prime Crime Press, Hong Kong, 2003. From author's website (jakeneedham.com): "For just three days — November 13, 14, and 15 — you will be able to pick up a copy of the Kindle edition of KILLING PLATO, the second title in my Jack Shepherd series of international legal thrillers, for the extremely reasonable price of absolutely free."
"The gritty and taut KILLING PLATO is 100% unadulterated attitude." --The Singapore Straits Times
Plato Karsarkis was an international celebrity straight out of Vanity Fair until a New York grand jury indicted him for smuggling Iraqi oil and charged him with racketeering and espionage. There was also the matter of a woman he may or may not have murdered to cover it all up. When Karsarkis flees the United States just ahead of the FBI and promptly vanishes, the world's media whips itself into a frenzy.
Jack Shepherd was a politically connected American lawyer until he traded the fierce intrigues of Washington for the quiet life in Bangkok. Then one day he walks into a bar on the jet-set island of Phuket and finds the world's most famous fugitive waiting for him.
Karsarkis wants to hire him. He wants a presidential pardon so he can return to American and he knows Shepherd's connections to the White House just might get it for him. But the U.S. Marshals are in Phuket as well and they want something from Shepherd, too. They're there to kidnap Karsarkis and take him back to the US for trial and the Marshals want Shepherd to help them set a trap.
What Shepherd wants is for everybody to go away and leave him alone. At least he does until he discovers a chilling secret, one that plunges him a violent spiral of friendship and betrayal and pulls him straight back into the life he thought he had left behind in Washington.
The Marshals aren't really in Phuket to arrest Plato Karsarkis. They're there to kill him.