The Information Officer

The Information Officer

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Mark Mills's bestselling novels Amagansett and The Savage Garden have won him widespread acclaim for his singular brand of suspense. Weaving a haunting and atmospheric historical backdrop with a tense plot of murder and an unforgettable love story, he delivers another riveting tale in The Information Officer.

Summer 1942: Malta, a small windswept island in the Mediterranean, has become the most bombed patch of earth on the planet, worse even than London during the Blitz. The Maltese, a fiercely independent people, withstand the relentless Axis air raids.

Max Chadwick is the British officer charged with manipulating the news on Malta to bolster the population's fragile esprit de corps. This is all, besides a few broken-down fighter planes, that stands 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 was committed by a British officer-he knows that the Maltese loyalty to the war effort could be instantly shattered. As the clock ticks down toward all-out invasion, Max must investigate the murder-beyond the gaze of his superiors, friends, and even the woman he loves.

Filled with remarkably poignant and atmospheric details of life under siege, and indelible characters who live and breathe, The Information Officer is a taut, transporting thriller-an enthralling novel told with exceptional skill and style.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400068180
Branch Call Number: FIC Mill
Characteristics: 276p

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wilqser
May 17, 2014

World War II thriller about the axis and allied influences in the island of Malta. Well written and very descriptive and imaginative; the scenes were discussed with flouish. It took a little while to get use to the World War II jargon of the time and the cities and towns in Malta relative to each other in the story but well worth it at the thrilling end. I have to give it 4 stars only because it was very confusing decifering the meaning of words in descibing the good guys and the bad guys.

absolutely loved it.
looking for his other books now!!

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sjg
Mar 19, 2011

A good read, not a part of WWII history I was familiar with.

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bibliofinn
Jun 23, 2010

What's one more corpse on an island already on the verge of collapse after the most ferocious air bombardment in history? The question doesn't occur to the dogged title character. He's the chief propagandist of the British colonial government and all too aware of the pitfalls of his job, trying to find the good news on an island at the mercy of the Luftwaffe. But he becomes obsessed with finding justice for a young woman whose death may be due to his own country's forces. Brilliant evocation of the nightmarish fear and frenetic hedonism of wartime. The characters are drawn with warmth and perception, and the plotting is tense throughout.

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vitareader
Jun 03, 2010

Very good mystery as well as insight into the situation on Malta during world war II. I found the ending a little rushed but would like to read more by Mills

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Apr 15, 2010

Well written and joy-to-read book.

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