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The Unknown Terrorist

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A blistering, razor-sharp portrait of a young woman's fight to clear her name - from the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014

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Richard Flanagan is the author of three novels which have all been published to international acclaim: Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould's Book of Fish. His latest novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the Man Booker Prize 2014. He lives with his family in West Hobart, Tasmania.


More than a decade has passed since Griffin Mill's murderous ascent to Hollywood power in The Player. Now, with his career stalled and only $6 million in the bank, he is, by Hollywood standards, broke. The 12-year-old daughter he sired with his then mistress (now discontented wife), Lisa, is a brat who reverts to noxious baby talk when she doesn't get her way. His two older children hold him in cold contempt. He suffers from erectile dysfunction (his allergy to Viagra a wicked double whammy) and lusts after his ex-wife, June. In Griffin's mind, all of Western civilization is in decline, and his fantasies feature a Pacific atoll stocked with food and weapons. Step one in his plan to gain control hinges on leveraging the politics of elite Los Angeles private schools. (He commits manslaughter in the process.) Griffin's ploy snags the attention of a voracious entertainment magnate who plucks Mill from his stagnation and taunts him into concocting a multibillion-dollar idea. Mill's antiheroic effort to wring love and meaning from a loveless and meaningless life is heartfelt and cynical, resulting in a powerful dark comedy that transcends the shopworn genre of Hollywood satire. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

A tightly riveted, almost classic thriller. The narrative pace is fast, the characters deftly honed... This is a damn good story delivered with the glittering prose that only the rage of just moral anger can achieve. -- Rachel Holmes * The Times * A thriller of genuine importance... fired by passionate concern. -- Toby Clements * Daily Telegraph * A searing depiction of how bigotry feasts on rumour and prejudice... To have achieved this feat inside a razor-sharp narrative, with humour and a keen eye for the ironies of politics... is nothing short of brilliance. -- James Wood * Scotland on Sunday * Funny, filmic and gripping. -- Sophie Ratcliffe * Daily Mail * As accessible and timely as they come - an intense and thoughtful thriller set in a paranoid Sydney ablaze with terrorism fever. -- Jonathan Gibbs * Metro * A terrific novel, maintained at fever heat. -- James Buchan * Guardian * It grips from the very first page and forces you to read on to its explosive, tragic climax... This is a carefully patterned novel, full of surprises, that paints a devastating picture of the world today. It may be set on the other side of the planet but the punches it packs hit home - hard. -- Mark Sanderson * Sunday Telegraph * Read this novel now, before it's too late for any of us to understand its message. * James Wood, Scotland on Sunday *

Remember The Player? He's sick of Hollywood, nearly broke, nearly divorced, and about to hook up with nearly billionaire Phil Ginsberg for the deal of a lifetime. With an eight-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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