Erik Vrij

White Ink

March 2028. The largest financial crisis ever has yielded an unexpected result: the mandatory registration of all rights and obligations of every European citizen, company, institution and government, from contracts to criminal records, bank balances and welfare benefits. A new legal technology sector has emerged: rights management. The sector is dominated by MRM, a company founded by the boorish Dutch RM billionaire Henk Vis, operating from tax free zones in Europe and Dubai.

When the US President announces her plan to introduce a similar registration system in 2029, the leading RM companies start sharpening their knives as they prepare to conquer the giant US market. An acquisition in Bermuda may make MRM the world market leader – or bankrupt the company if it fails. In the week before the acquisition, culture clashes and feuds in the management team threaten to hurt Henk where it hurts him most. His American dream hangs in the balance, in the hands of an attractive Bermudian lawyer.

White Ink is a story about the Big Brother world after the financial crisis, business dilemmas, culture clashes, dependence on IT and more.

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Teasers

The setting

2028:

Two of the most revolutionary decisions of the 21st century are taken by women. One of them is the first black female U.S.  President. A Republican.

The setting

May 26, 2018:

Rights Management is the most profitable technology sector in the world. MRM-boss Henk Vis ranks no. 9 on the Forbes World’s Billionaires. Google’s Larry Page ranks 17th.

The setting

2028:

The new province of The Netherlands is attractive, and not just because of the Olympic Games or its chauvinist tulip fields.

The setting

May 26, 2018:

GALILEO navigation sattelites of the European Space Agency track the movements of 730 million Europeans to determine the rules and regulations whose application are based on location.

The setting

May 26, 2018:

European tax havens cease to exist. Tax free islands and peninsulas live on.

The setting

May 26, 2018:

The European central Bank abolishes Euro banknotes and coins as legal tender. Only giral payments in Euro remain possible from then on.

The setting

May 26, 2018:

As of midnight, all 740 citizens, companies, institutions and governments of the EU only  have rights and obligations if they have been registered with Euregist.

The setting

May 26, 2018:

European Commission President Neelie Kroes announces the completion of Europe’s most important European integration project ever.

The story

A healthy mix of genders and nationalities within a board can lead to great ideas, new approaches, growth and success. Or to clashes, conflict, drama.

The story

The relationship between a boss and his general counsel can be tense, especially with the European market leader of Rights Management at a key moment

The story

Could Dutch King Willem-Alexander foresee opening the 2028 Olympic Games with ‘black tulip’ Ruud Gullit, on the tulip shaped island in front of the Dutch coast?

The story

Negotiating a 3,4 billion dollar credit agreement isn’t easy, especially not with a difficult kind of bankers and lawyers involved.

The story

Is it justified to violate fundamental business principles in order to survive?

The story

Squeezing your boss financially feels good, especially over a dinner with the last animal and champagne of a kind.

The story

The bigger the boss, the bigger the balls.

Reviews


‘Thrilling, enthralling, fascinating. After a few Baldaccis and a Grisham this book was at least as good. Take your time to read it because you won’t put it down. Great debut. May many follow!’

ANNERIE VREUGDENHIL, Head of Commercial Banking Netherlands, ING


Top 10 most remarkable thriller debut 2013. ‘Unique. His “firstborn” is already a hit! White Ink speaks to a wide audience.’

CRIMEZONE.NL ****