A Firing Offense (Hardcover)

By David Ignatius

Random House, 9780679448600, 333pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1997



A novel so intensely readable that an early copy became the focus of a Hollywood bidding war, A Firing Offense asks the question Is there a spy in the newsroom of a major American newspaper?

At The New York Mirror, Eric Truell is a rising star, a reporter in the D.C. bureau savvy enough to work the political angles of Washington and brave enough to break into a room full of terrorists. While investigating a story about secret power networks in France, Truell meets a maverick CIA agent who is only too happy to leak dynamite stories. But as Eric's ties to the CIA deepen, he learns about a private trade war involving France, China, and the United States, a war in which his newspaper may be an unwitting player. When Eric's sources tell him there is a spy within his own paper, he is tempted to cross a dangerous professional line and risk his career -- and his life -- to find the truth.