The Information Officer by Mark Mills
A Novel

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In the summer of 1942, Max Chadwick is the British officer charged with manipulating the news on Malta to bolster the population’s fragile esprit de corps, as the small windswept island endures relentless Axis air raids. The fiercely independent Maltese, and a few broken-down fighter planes, are all that stand 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 may have been committed by a British officer—he knows that the Maltese loyalty to the war effort could be instantly shattered. Max must investigate the murder—beyond the gaze of his superiors, friends, and even the woman he loves—as the clock ticks down toward all-out invasion.
 

About Mark Mills

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Mark Mills is a screenwriter and the author of The Information Officer, The Savage Garden, and Amagansett. His first novel, Amagansett, was published in a dozen countries and received the British Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award, and The Savage Garden was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in Oxford with his wife and their two children.
 
Published January 20, 2010 by Random House. 306 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Mystery novels by Mark Mills, Robert B. Parker, Matt Beynon Rees and Frank Tallis.

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The Guardian

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In the face of constant bombardment, chronic shortages and a British government slow to keep its promises for help with defence, Max Chadwick, the eponymous information officer, struggles to keep up the islanders' morale.

Jun 12 2009 | Read Full Review of The Information Officer: A Novel

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Review: Set over the summer of 1942 on the island nation of Malta, and during an intense period of conflict in World War II, The Information Officer by Mark Mills effectively combines elements of a romantic thriller and a novel of international intrigue into what is, at its core, an intricately c...

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Scotsman.com

The author best known for Starter For Ten, a coming-of-age novel set against a background of University Challenge – made into a film starring James McAvoy – is once more getting nostalgic in this love story set on St Swithin's Day 1988.

Jun 20 2009 | Read Full Review of The Information Officer: A Novel

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It was an extraordinary statistic that conferred on their little island home the dubious honor of being the most bombed patch of earth on the planet.” The Information Officer, by Mark Mills, takes place in 1942 in Malta, a “little lump of rock in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.” Major M...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Laura Wilson Washington Times 4 of 5 Stars "Mr. Mills skillfully combines grim historical reality with murder in this tautly gripping mystery.

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