The Information Officer
By Mark Mills
(Random House Trade Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780812980202, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 8, 2011
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In the summer of 1942, Max Chadwick is the British officer charged with manipulating the news on Malta to bolster the population’s fragile esprit de corps, as the small windswept island endures relentless Axis air raids. The fiercely independent Maltese, and a few broken-down fighter planes, are all that stand 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 may have been committed by a British officer—he knows that the Maltese loyalty to the war effort could be instantly shattered. Max must investigate the murder—beyond the gaze of his superiors, friends, and even the woman he loves—as the clock ticks down toward all-out invasion.
Mark Mills is the author of The Savage Garden, a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom, and Amagansett, which was published in a dozen countries and received the John Creasy Memorial Dagger Award. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in Oxford with his wife and their two children.
“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