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Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny
  

Acts of Omission

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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! ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Terry Stiastny you might also like to read books by Robert Harris, Stella Rimington and Robert Goddard.


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

'Intelligent, gripping and convincing' Henry Porter 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 ...Acts of Omission plunges the reader into a virtuoso recreation of late-nineties Britain. Suspenseful, exquisitely constructed and thought-provokingly topical, it is a novel about what happens when state secrets become public, and the human cost of those secrets.

Reviews

'A thriller of rare intelligence' Saga

'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

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

7th May 2015

Author

Terry Stiastny

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781444794311

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