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Acts of Omission

Acts of Omission

Winner of the Paddy Power Political Novel of the Year

1998: foreign minister Mark Lucas is in a dilemma. A disk containing the names of British informants to the Stasi has ended up in the hands of the government. Now he faces resistance from the diplomatic service who don’t want him to return it to the Germans.

Alex Rutherford, a young man working for the intelligence services, wakes up one morning with a hangover and a frightening memory that his computer is lost and, with it, the only copy of that disk.

When the disk is delivered to the newspaper where journalist Anna Travers works, she finds herself unravelling not just a mystery, but many people’s lives . . .

Based on the true story of Stasi files of agents in the UK, Acts of Omission is suspenseful, exquisitely constructed and thought-provokingly topical – it is a novel about the leak of state secrets, the responsibility of newspapers, and the human cost of all of those.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

On Sale: 17th July 2014

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781444794304

Reviews

An intriguing, compelling story that cuts across the decades and generations and brings the issues of the Cold War days right into present times
Simon Mawer
Stiastny is an ex-BBC political reporter and she guides us around the newsroom, Whitehall and Parliament with an insider's eye and effortlessly clear, precise prose. She is particularly good on the great games of Westminster, and on the language of journalese . . . A beautifully crafted story
thedabbler.co.uk
Intelligent, gripping and convincing. Terry Stiastny displays a real grasp of the art of mystery writing, as well as an ability to evoke the particular atmosphere of the post-communist era and the secret dealings of the British establishment. I loved it
Henry Porter
An author to watch
Bookbag
A thriller of rare intelligence
Saga
Stiastny cleverly entwines historical fact with fiction . . . not simply a good work of fiction, but an ode to the history that inspired it
We Love This Book
A must-read for lovers of political thrillers
shots.co.uk
An intriguing political spy thriller from a former BBC reporter . . . Stiastny brings all her experience to bear in this sinuous story . . . A spirited portrait of the murky skulduggery that inhabits modern politics
Daily Mail
A convincing picture of Westminster in the 1990s
Woman Magazine
Terry Stiastny proves herself a skilful prose stylist and a connoisseur of telling details . . . The neatly drawn cast of spies, journalists and politicians orbit each other with compelling stealth . . . Stiastny writes locally but thinks globally, and the result is impressive
Guardian
The recreation of the atmosphere of late 90s London is excellent as is the impression of the fast regenerating city of Berlin
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