Identity Theory

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Anchor Canada, 2008 - Africa - 432 pages
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John Anselm is a former Beirut hostage, a foreign correspondent who has been to one war too many. A burnt-out case, he lives in his family’s ancestral house in Germany, working for a semi-legal and near-broke surveillance firm and wrestling with his own fractured identity and family history. His intelligence work collides with the lives of Con Niemand, an ex-mercenary and professional survivor, and ambitious London journalist Caroline Wishart. They are caught in a nightmare of violence and intrigue that can only end with the uncovering of long-buried secrets.

Temple writes of a shadowy world peopled with intense, globetrotting characters who use espionage, double crossings, and political information to gain leverage. In Temple’s world, secrets can be worth more than human life.

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The cover-up of an incident involving an American Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate is at the center of this American debut from Temple, a leading Australian crime writer. After ... Read full review

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I thought I found a new book by Peter Temple. But after reading the summary I found out it was a book I already knew with a different title. The title was "In The Evil Day". So either the summary does not belong to Identity Theory or the same book is sold under different titles. That is very confusing. I would appreciate it if this was at least mentioned somewhere so I did not order the same book twice. The book is well written and I really like the characters John Anselm and Constantine Niemand. Speaking both languages fluently and also knowing what Johannesburg looks like and the life in South Africa as well as knowing Germany and the German and Austrian mentalities I liked the authentic names and places. The only thing were the German mistakes in spelling, which destroy the authentic flair of this great book. Would be nice if the German sentences were real German. Please have an English/German speaking person check it before publishing. It is worth reading because the names and places might not be real but what happens is and was all too real in Africa.  

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About the author (2008)

Five-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, Peter Temple is Australia’s most acclaimed crime and thriller writer. He is the author of four Jack Irish novels: Bad Debts, Black Tide, Dead Point, and White Dog. He has also written four other novels: An Iron Rose, Shooting Star, In the Evil Day, and The Broken Shore, winner of the 2007 Gold Dagger Award. He lives in Victoria, Australia.

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