A Firing Offense

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Random House, 1997 - Fiction - 333 pages
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A novel so intensely readable that an early copy became the focus of a Hollywood bidding war, A Firing Offense asks the question Is there a spy in the newsroom of a major American newspaper?

At The New York Mirror, Eric Truell is a rising star, a reporter in the D.C. bureau savvy enough to work the political angles of Washington and brave enough to break into a room full of terrorists. While investigating a story about secret power networks in France, Truell meets a maverick CIA agent who is only too happy to leak dynamite stories. But as Eric's ties to the CIA deepen, he learns about a private trade war involving France, China, and the United States, a war in which his newspaper may be an unwitting player. When Eric's sources tell him there is a spy within his own paper, he is tempted to cross a dangerous professional line and risk his career -- and his life -- to find the truth.

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User Review  - fromkin - LibraryThing

The cover of David Ignatius' "A Firing Offense" carries the following promotional blurb from former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee: "A dynamite thriller with the coolest, smartest journalist that ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a break from the Middle East focus of his first three thrillers (The Bank of Fear, 1995, etc.), Ignatius forces the hero of this tense new novel to walk a tightrope between digging up foreign ... Read full review


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David Ignatius was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 26, 1950. He received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1963 and a diploma in economics from Kings College, Cambridge, England, in 1975. He has worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post, where he is an associate editor. In 1985, he received the Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He is the author of several novels including Agents of Innocence, Siro, The Bank of Fear, A Firing Offense, Body of Lies, The Increment, and The Director.

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