17 July 2014.
This is set in 1998 in London. A computer is mislaid and, though it is found, a disc is missing. The recreation of the atmosphere of late 90s London is excellent as is the impression of the fast regenerating city of Berlin.
The significance of this disc is slowly revealed partly through the eyes of those embroiled with it. The disc is a German one and refers to British informants to the Stasi. Mark Lucas, who has just been made foreign minister believes in transparency and wishes it to be returned to the Germans. The story becomes more complex as characters try to discover the significance of this disc to their own lives and careers. Anna Travers is a young journalist who works to unravel the disc's secret’s, Alex Rutherford is the man who lost the disc in a taxi having taken it out of the office to work on at home though it was top secret. Naturally his job in Intelligence is under threat.
The assassinations here are of reputations not lives! This is a spy story in which the personalities of investigators, investigated and apparent bystanders are important.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
This is Terry Stiastny's first novel. She is a former political reporter for the BBC.