Acts of Omission (Paperback)Terry Stiastny (author)
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Winner of the Paddy Power Political Novel of the Year
1998: foreign minister Mark Lucas is in a dilemma. A disk containing the names of British informants to the Stasi has ended up in the hands of the government. Now he faces resistance from the diplomatic service who don't want him to return it to the Germans.
Alex Rutherford, a young man working for the intelligence services, wakes up one morning with a hangover and a frightening memory that his computer is lost and, with it, the only copy of that disk.
When the disk is delivered to the newspaper where journalist Anna Travers works, she finds herself unravelling not just a mystery, but many people's lives . . .
Based on the true story of Stasi files of agents in the UK, Acts of Omission is suspenseful, exquisitely constructed and thought-provokingly topical - it is a novel about the leak of state secrets, the responsibility of newspapers, and the human cost of all of those.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 232 g
Dimensions: 197 x 139 x 22 mm
Stiastny cleverly entwines historical fact with fiction . . . not simply a good work of fiction, but an ode to the history that inspired it * We Love This Book *
A must-read for lovers of political thrillers * shots.co.uk *
An intriguing political spy thriller from a former BBC reporter . . . Stiastny brings all her experience to bear in this sinuous story . . . A spirited portrait of the murky skulduggery that inhabits modern politics * Daily Mail *
A convincing picture of Westminster in the 1990s * Woman Magazine *
Terry Stiastny proves herself a skilful prose stylist and a connoisseur of telling details . . . The neatly drawn cast of spies, journalists and politicians orbit each other with compelling stealth . . . Stiastny writes locally but thinks globally, and the result is impressive * Guardian *
The recreation of the atmosphere of late 90s London is excellent as is the impression of the fast regenerating city of Berlin * Promoting Crime *
An intriguing, compelling story that cuts across the decades and generations and brings the issues of the Cold War days right into present times * Simon Mawer *
Stiastny is an ex-BBC political reporter and she guides us around the newsroom, Whitehall and Parliament with an insider's eye and effortlessly clear, precise prose. She is particularly good on the great games of Westminster, and on the language of journalese . . . A beautifully crafted story * thedabbler.co.uk *
Intelligent, gripping and convincing. Terry Stiastny displays a real grasp of the art of mystery writing, as well as an ability to evoke the particular atmosphere of the post-communist era and the secret dealings of the British establishment. I loved it * Henry Porter *
An author to watch * Bookbag *
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