Baghdad Fixer by Ilene Prusher

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It is this Baghdad of 2003 that forms the backdrop to Ilene Prusher's gripping debut thriller.


An American journalist in Iraq and her fixer struggle for the truth in a place where truth is now a victim.

Nabil al-Amari is an English teacher in Baghdad, in Saddam's Iraq, when a chance encounter with Samara "Sam" Katchens, an American journalist covering the war, changes his life forever. It is April 2003 and American and British forces have recently invaded Iraq. Sam is ambitious, cynical, and determined. Nabil is both fascinated and bewildered by her, and he likes to show her things she doesn't notice in her rush to cover the news. She is pushed by her editor to seek concrete proof for a story concerning payments for false documents—a practice which breaks all journalistic codes of ethics—"as if truth were so hard in that way, like rocks and concrete." In Iraq it is rarely so. As Sam single-mindedly pursues this story, she discovers a chasm between her editor's expectations and the reality she faces in a city torn apart by war and conflicting loyalties. And in her determination to uncover the truth, she takes one gamble too many, endangering herself, Nabil, and his family.


About Ilene Prusher

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Ilene Prusher was a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010, covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Based in Jerusalem, she is a regular contributor to TIME and Haaretz. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Observer. Baghdad Fixer is her first novel.
Published November 15, 2012 by Halban. 688 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, War. Fiction
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Reviewed by Luke Harding on Nov 16 2012

It is this Baghdad of 2003 that forms the backdrop to Ilene Prusher's gripping debut thriller.

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