The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan
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From the internationally acclaimed author of Gould’s Book of Fish comes an astonishing new novel, a riveting portrayal of a society driven by fear. What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country? Gina Davies is about to find out when, after a night spent with an attractive stranger, she becomes a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack. In The Unknown Terrorist, one of the most brilliant writers working in the English language today turns his attention to the most timely of subjects — what our leaders tell us about the threats against us, and how we cope with living in fear. Chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar, The Unknown Terrorist is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown pushes a nation ever closer to the breaking point.
 

About Richard Flanagan

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RICHARD FLANAGAN was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His novels--Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Overall Best Book)--have been published in 26 countries. He also directed the feature film of The Sound of One Hand Clapping and most recently collaborated with director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) on the screenplay of Luhrmann's forthcoming epic, Australia.
 
Published February 19, 2008 by Grove Press. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Richard Flanagan’s stunning new novel gives us a world headed toward irredeemable disaster.

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A stripper goes to bed and wakes up the most wanted woman in Australia.

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The Unknown Terroristby Richard Flanagan 325pp, Atlantic Books, £14.99.

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involved --- the press and law enforcement in particular ---.

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Daily Kos

Torn seemingly from tomorrow's headlines, the book is an intense, unremittingly grim, and wholly compelling account of a few days in the life of an Australian woman whose world is turned upside down, not by an actual act of terror, but by the specter of terror itself: by the image of terror, by f...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Moody New York Times 3.5 of 5 Stars "[I]f the focus of The Unknown Terrorist remains the contemporary world… it does just as dazzling a job of limning its subject, conjuring up the postmodern, post-sci-fi world of globalized terror and trade, where drugs and weapons and human beings are smug...

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Austin Chronicle

... In The Unknown Terrorist, novelist Richard Flanagan steps beyond the ad-
friendly sands of Bondi Beach and onto the grimy, corrupt streets of ...

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