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A Firing Offense: A Novel Paperback – May 28, 2013
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Here's a thriller that provides plenty of exercise for the brain as well as the viscera, as Ignatius ingeniously explores what happens when a reporter crosses the line between information and covert action. Looking into the secret life of a respected colleague, hotshot journalist Eric Truell finds a much better story than he expected--and a huge moral dilemma, which gets bigger the more he digs. Ignatius's equally smart and exciting The Bank of Fear is available in paperback. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this crisply written, fast-paced espionage thriller, an up-and-coming journalist finds he has made a Faustian bargain when he takes information from the CIA. New York Mirror foreign correspondent Eric Truell's expose of French governmental corruption leads him to probe the dynamics of power behind a pending French-Chinese communications contract?a deal that could mean the loss of billions for American businesses. Truell's CIA sources use their information to lure the ambitious but naive reporter into playing their own dangerous game in the murky new world order, where real power resides not with governments but with private enterprise. Ignatius (The Bank of Fear, LJ 6/1/94) brings to this novel his own experience as a reporter and editor. The writing is clean and straightforward, and the situations both in the newsroom and on assignment ring true. Altogether, an exciting book; for general collections.
-?Linda Lee Landrigan, New York
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The collapse of print journalism has hastened since Ignatius wrote this book, so it has the sense of having been written by a visionary. It is very real. But I bought this in need of a fresh read in the high-end spy genre. And what I got was a wonderful two-fer. The intelligence community stuff is first rate, and the issues the protagonist must wrestle are, in a macrocosm, issues every weekly rag writer must handle, even If it's just the local cops. I simply love this book and have actively recommended it to friends in the biz. I also recommend it to you, the reader who wants a great spy tale.
"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world."
NIck is more than a little tarnished, but he proves to be the best man in his world and finds a little honor in himself at the end. I look forward to reading more in this series.
The young reporter who discovers this, also finds how easily even well intended journalists can be traduced. All the institutions of the cold war are crumbling. The "great" news papers, the CIA, governments themselves, yield to the power of international corporations. It's an uncomfortable novel to read. It's worth your time.