Mark Mills's bestselling novels "Amagansett" and "The Savage Garden" have won him widespread acclaim for his singular brand of suspense. Weaving a haunting and atmospheric historical backdrop with a tense plot of murder and an unforgettable love story, he delivers another riveting tale in The Information Officer.
Summer 1942: Malta, a small windswept island in the Mediterranean, has become the most bombed patch of earth on the planet, worse even than London during the Blitz. The Maltese, a fiercely independent people, withstand the relentless Axis air raids.
Max Chadwick is the British officer charged with manipulating the news on Malta to bolster the population's fragile esprit de corps. This is all, besides a few broken-down fighter planes, that stands in the face of Nazi occupation and perhaps even victory--for Malta is the stepping-stone the Germans need between Europe and North Africa.
When Max learns of the brutal murder of a young island woman--along with evidence that the crime was committed by a British officer--he knows that the Maltese loyalty to the war effort could be instantly shattered. As the clock ticks down toward all-out invasion, Max must investigate the murder--beyond the gaze of his superiors, friends, and even the woman he loves.
Filled with remarkably poignant and atmospheric details of life under siege, and indelible characters who live and breathe, The Information Officer is a taut, transporting thriller--an enthralling novel told with exceptional skill and style.
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"Magnificent . . . reads like the story of Casablanca revisited, like a vanished Graham Greene."--Los Angeles Times "The sense of immediacy Mark Mills brings to The Information Officer is so intense that this breathtaking novel reads more like a memoir than a wartime thriller."--The New York Time Book Review
"A lush, romantic thriller, skillfully crafted by master stylist Mark Mills."--George Pelecanos
"Tautly gripping . . . [Mills's] characters are deftly drawn and highlight the drama of their setting."--The Washington Times
"Illuminates a memorable but little-known chapter of World War II."--The Denver Post
"The writing . . . is graceful and fluid, the research scrupulous, and the love scenes, played out against the whistle and shriek of falling bombs . . . are knee-buckling in their intimacy."--The Star-Ledger