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Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

An intriguing novel, set in late 90s London but with its secrets and privacy, press vs the government vs the security services story, managing to be terribly relevant to today as well. Terry Stiastny was a BBC journalist and the story is gritty and real, not exactly a fast moving thriller but nevertheless a well plotted and paced mystery. An old disc with old secrets has turned up at a newspaper office and many people want to make sure it never sees the light of day. Fascinatingly this is partly based on fact (but with a very fictional twist) and there really was a disc but we never handed it over!

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. It is 1998. Foreign Minister Mark Lucas has a problem: a disc that contains the names of British informants to the Stasi has ended up in the hands of the government. The diplomatic service is firm: it is not to be returned to the Germans. Meanwhile, Alex Rutherford, a young employee of the intelligence services, wakes up with a hangover and discovers to his horror that his computer has gone – and with it the only copy of the disc. The disc finds its way to journalist Anna Travers, and soon many people’s lives are at risk. Lively and complex espionage stuff.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny

In 1998 the gilt is starting to come off a new era. Mark Lucas, the recently appointed foreign minister, is in a dilemma. A disk containing the names of British informants to the Stasi has ended up in the hands of the government. Elected on a platform of transparency, he faces resistance from the diplomatic service who don't want him to return it to the Germans, despite their entreaties. Alex Rutherford, a young man working for the intelligence services, wakes up one morning with a hangover and a dawning realisation 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 ...

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'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


About the Author

The majority of Terry Stiastny's journalistic career was spent reporting for BBC News, which she left in 2012. During her time at the BBC, she worked in Berlin and Brussels, covered politics in Westminster and spent many years on BBC Radio 4 news programmes. She was educated at Oxford University, studying PPE at Balliol College and International Relations (MPhil) at St Antony's College. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Her first novel 'Acts of Omission' was published in July 2014.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Terry Stiastny

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Hardback

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Thriller / Suspense
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9781444794281

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