Intelligent, well-written, classy stuff with desperate men being pursued by desperate men in the hostile territory of Afghanistan during the recent civil war. It really is very good indeed. The authorâ€™s first novel, Lie in the Dark, won the Crime Writersâ€™ Association First Novel award, the John Creasey, his second, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, won the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller and this is only his third, a prize-winner too I should imagine.
Similar this month: None, but try David Gibbins or Paul Carson.
Dropping into the smoky chaos of Peshawar after 9/11, Skelly, a burned-out American foreign correspondent, discovers that to survive he will need a 'fixer': a local man who speaks English, knows the area and who can both save his skin and take him to the action. And for every journalist in Peshawar, the real action is across the border in Afghanistan.
Skelly chooses the banished son of a tribal warlord, Najeeb, who is smart, connected - and tarnished. Soon they are driving into the mountains where fiercely territorial battles are still fought. But Skelly is not concerned with the small-scale brutality of such rivalries. His quest is for the scoop of a lifetime: tracking down the one man the whole world is seeking.
And Najeeb, torn by divided loyalties, must find the way for both of them to survive in a land where a single misstep - or lapse of trust - can prove fatalâ€¦
'A new book by Dan Fesperman is becoming a major literary event ... Fesperman's experience as a war correspondent, together with his powers of description and characterisation, produce an utterly compelling thriller and quite simply the best book I've read all year'
Susanna Yager Sunday Telegraph
...a gripping portrayal of shameless media frenzy and hopeless geopolitical gamesmanship... his detailed insider's account of war reporting will be catnip for news junkies'
'Almost alone in depicting the main theatre of war on terror, Fesperman proves equal to the challenge, producing impressive portraits of Peshawar and the mountainous borderlands'
'Fesperman offers a level of cultural and political nuance not always found in adventure thrillers'
Publication date: 04/07/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||4th July 2005|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites,|
Dan Fesperman is a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and worked in its Berlin bureau during the years of civil war in former Yugoslavia, as well as in Afghanistan during the recent conflict for the paper. His first novel, Lie in the Dark, won the CWA John Creasey award for best first crime novel in 1999 and his second novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, won the 2003 CWA Steel Dagger for Thriller of the Year.More About Dan Fesperman