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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - devilish2 - LibraryThing
A lot of this book didn't make sense until the end. You had the feeling it might be intertwined but not how. Niemand and Anselm are both interesting nuanced characters. A spy thriller romp through Hamburg, London and a few other international spots. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Johnny1978 - LibraryThing
Having never been a thriller or a whodunnit fan, Peter Temple's sharp and often hillarious prose has changed my mind about both genres. A fast-paced, engaging and brilliantly realised read: his ... Read full review