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The Information Officer

A Novel

by Mark Mills

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  • Published Feb 2010
    304 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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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.

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"Starred Review. Once again, Mills has crafted a story filled with rich history, tension, and characters whose frailties and strengths move the plot along at a taut and satisfying pace." - Library Journal

"As historical fiction, as mystery, and as love story, this one hits on all cylinders." - Booklist

"Mills paints a vivid portrait of a tenacious people, embattled and besieged troops, and a principled man trying to resolve the conflict between duty and justice." - Publishers Weekly

"Mark Mills is a superb writer, and The Information Officer is a superb read." - Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland

"The Information Officer ratchets up the tension with each page, leading to a pulse-pounding climax that will remain with you long after the tale has ended. Wartime Malta comes alive in this meticulously researched and beautifully written portrait of an island on the edge." - Olen Steinhauer, author of The Tourist

"A forgotten corner of World War II rediscovered and expertly revealed to us.  Fascinating and shrewdly compelling—Mark Mills does it again." - William Boyd, author of Restless

"A lush, romantic thriller, skillfully crafted by master stylist Mark Mills."  - George Pelecanos, author of The Way Home

"The Information Officer is both great historical fiction and a first-rate thriller. Mark Mills has taken a harrowing and often-forgotten conflict, populated it with believable and compelling characters, and then turned up the heat. This is a novel that works on every level."—David Liss, author of The Devil's Company

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Possible error on page 251
Having a distant connection with Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Basil Jackson who went down with the Penelope in 1944, I have always understood that the ship was nicknamed 'HMS Pepperpot'. Page 251 refers to her as 'HMS Porcupine' which was actually the name of a P-Class destroyer. All this data is well documented in Wikipedia.

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Mark Mills Author Biography

Mark Mills is a screenwriter whose first novel, Amagansett, was published in a dozen countries and received the British Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award. His other novels include The Savage Garden and The Information Officer. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.

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