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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 debut into this series is clearly the transition from Nick being salesman at Nutty Nathan’s to full blown investigator. In A Firing Offense, Nick gets a request to find Jimmy, a stock boy at Nutty Nathan’s who has recently disappeared. Jimmy’s grandfather is concerned and believes that Nick is the right guy for the job. While reluctant to take the job initially, Nick feels a sense of obligation and says he’ll do his best. Searching for the young man, Nick is thrust into a world of drug rings, lies, and some just generally bad dudes.
I had several problems with this book. For one, there wasn’t enough emphasis on the search for Jimmy (which does finally come in the second half of the book) as opposed to the juvenile shenanigans by Nick and his buddies at Nutty Nathan’s. The first several chapters sort of feel like a teen comedy or something, with gross out humor or just general immature nonsense for laughs. These scenes do little to establish anything other than Nick and his friends are a bit reckless when it comes to drinking, drugs, sex, etc. These scenes did little to advance the plot, and it felt like the author was trying way too hard to make everything hip and cool, but overreaching. There’s also sort of an incongruity, an odd mismatch of well-timed prose with implausible plot. I had a really hard time buying Nick’s transition from goofball to tough talking private investigator. Also, the final action in the concluding scene got a little Die Hard on us, and was somewhat implausible and far-fetched. Finally, there were mostly flat or unlikeable characters throughout. Nick does make some strides, but it only comes in the final moments.
On a plus side, I did enjoy the setting of Washington as the backdrop for Nick’s search. It made for a new and unique perspective. And, there are fleeting moments where Nick gives some insight or perspective to everything, which is a nice break from all the drinking and drugs. These are short-lived, however.
There are also many references to the 90s music and pop culture. Not too often you have a crime book referencing Alf, VCRs, and New Order (Whether this is good or not, I’ll let you be the judge).
Over all, A Firing Offense was a disappointment, though. Maybe our protagonist, Nick, is a little more mature and restrained in the next titles in this series, but I’m not sure if I will be reading on to find out.
2 ½ stars
In addition to his already demonstrated knowledge of CIA strategy and tradecraft, he leverages his years of experience as a journalist to create a portrait of almost painful realism. He takes up the relationship between journalism and government, and anchors a carefully paced and gripping plot in a number of plausible, 3-dimensional characters and ethical conundrums.