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A private security contractor loses it in the Congo, with deadly consequences, while in Ireland the ex-prime minister struggles to write his memoir. A tabloid star is killed in a helicopter crash and three years later a young journalist is warned off the story. As a news story breaks in Paris, a US senator prepares his campaign to run for office.

What links these things and who controls what we know?

With echoes of John Le Carre and 24, Alan Glynn has written another crime novel of and for our times - a ferocious thriller that moves from Dublin to New York via West Africa, and thrillingly explores the legacy of corruption in big business, the West's fear of China, the fate of ex-military, the role of back room political players, and the quick fix of online news.

Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2012
Edition: Pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780571275441
Branch Call Number: FIC GLYNN
Alternative Title: Blood land


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Jan 19, 2013

First-rate mystery/suspense/political thriller taken from today's headlines. Glynn always strives for excellence, apparently, and never misses! Remember, the stuff in Glynn's financial novels (Winterland, Bloodland and Graveland, his latest) never happens in real life: 1/26/14 former Deutsche Banker, William Broeksmit, hangs himself, 1/28/14, JPMorgan Chase senior rates technologist, Gabriel Magee, is found at a lower outside ledge of London's JPMorgan building, murder investigation taking place, 1/29/14, Russell Investments' Michael Dueker is pronounced dead from another suicide - - 2/03/14, JPMorgan Chase's Ryan Henry Crane, head of their Global Equities Desk, dies, cause of death still under investigation, police refuse to release public police report, 2/18/14, JPMorgan Chase's Mr. Li, commits suicide by jumping off the Hong Kong building of JPMC. (Richard Talley, on 2/04/14, is found dead from 8 nailgun shots to his body and skull, pronounced dead from suicide - - although Talley was head of American Title Services, not a bank but one of the robo-signing firms, he attended Northwestern University in the same time frame as William Broeksmit and Michael Deuker.)

Aug 14, 2012

I picked this up looking for something a little different, but was not taken with the story or the characters - I did not finish it.

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