A small aircraft falls straight out of the sky into an island park in the heart of Washington dc. But no-one seems to have noticed. Well, almost no-one - At the capital's paper, the staff are in a frenzy. Adam the editor wonders who to promote and suffers a declaration of love from one of the contenders. Mitch is paralysed by a rival's scoop. And ...
A small aircraft falls straight out of the sky into an island park in the heart of Washington dc. But no-one seems to have noticed. Well, almost no-one - At the capital's paper, the staff are in a frenzy. Adam the editor wonders who to promote and suffers a declaration of love from one of the contenders. Mitch is paralysed by a rival's scoop. And Vera the cub reporter is on the hunt for a lead that might just make her name as a newshound. Elsewhere, Will queasily watches videos of a beheading from Falluja while lamenting the loss of his best double-agent, eliminated by the Iranian authorities whose nuclear intentions he was reporting. But that agent, Hoseyn, might yet provide the missing pieces that will permit the jigsaw to be completed...In this compelling work of political imagination and reality, Lorraine Adams makes vivid the intimate acts that lie at the hidden heart of world events.
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Publishers Weekly, 2009-09-21 Ejecting from a plummeting jet high over the Potomac River is only one of fighter pilot Mary Goodwin's problems in this elaborately plotted war on terror page-turner from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist Adams (Harbor). A sense that something more than a simple malfunction downed her plane dogs Mary, but self-doubts springing from a dark past discourage her from digging any further and she soon ships out to Afghanistan. Stanley Belson, night editor of the Washington Spectator, has a similar hunch about the crash and he pushes his newsroom protege to investigate. Operating in the shadows near the center is Will Holmes, the chair of a secret intelligence program. As the many subplots connect and evolve, something approaching a romance between Will and Mary sprouts in Afghanistan; Mary is hounded by tragic events; and Will's operation spins out of control. Though Adams's lean prose comes off as affected and her characters feel hollow, the dovetailing of Adams's cynical assessment of newsroom ethics and political maneuvering places this nicely among macroview novels of contemporary political intrigue. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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