The Information Officer: A Novel

By Mark Mills
Read by Robin Sachs

10.03 Hours 02/02/2010 unabridged
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Malta, April 1942. Max Chadwick is the military officer charged with managing information and maintaining morale on the tiny Mediterranean island, a strategic lynchpin in the war. Bombs rain from the sky at all hours of the day and night, as the Maltese and their British protectors fiercely cling to the rocky outcropping that is all that stands between the Axis and total dominance of the Mediterranean theater. When a Maltese woman is murdered and evidence links her death to a British serviceman, Chadwick is faced with the possibility that the fragile and crucial esprit de corps could shatter. Forced to keep his investigation a secret, he sets out to unravel the mystery and unmask the killer. At stake is not only his only life and that of the woman he loves but also a conflict with far broader consequences.

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Malta, April 1942. Max Chadwick is the military officer charged with managing information and maintaining morale on the tiny Mediterranean island, a strategic lynchpin in the war. Bombs rain from the sky at all hours of the day and night, as the Maltese and their British protectors fiercely cling to the rocky outcropping that is all that stands between the Axis and total dominance of the Mediterranean theater.

When a Maltese woman is murdered and evidence links her death to a British serviceman, Chadwick is faced with the possibility that the fragile and crucial esprit de corps could shatter. Forced to keep his investigation a secret, he sets out to unravel the mystery and unmask the killer. At stake is not only his only life and that of the woman he loves but also a conflict with far broader consequences.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Information Officer ratchets up the tension with each page, leading to a pulse-pounding climax that will remain with you long after the tale has ended. Wartime Malta comes alive in this meticulously researched and beautifully written portrait of an island on the edge.” Olen Steinhauer, New York Times best-selling author of The Tourist
“It’s only a story. It’s only a story. It’s only…But the sense of immediacy Mark Mills brings to The Information Officer is so intense that this breathtaking novel reads more like a memoir than a wartime thriller…Even without the added complication of a sadistic murderer, the tension is killing—and Mills leaves us gasping for breath at the end.” New York Times Book Review
“Thrilling…magnificent entertainment…this utterly ravishing novel seethes with femmes fatales and double agents…[it] reads like the story of Casablanca revisited, like a vanished Graham Greene.” Los Angeles Times
“[Mills’] writing, laced with amusing classical English literary allusions and mixed with a bit of Virgil, is graceful and fluid, the research scrupulous.” Newark Star-Ledger
“Mills paints a vivid portrait of a tenacious people, embattled and besieged troops, and a principled man trying to resolve the conflict between duty and justice.” Publishers Weekly
“Robin Sachs’ upper-crust British accent works perfectly for Max Chadwick of the Ministry of Information in Malta during WWII as he whitewashes the war for the local community native residents and high-ranking Brits. His job turns deadly when he encounters a series of murders of Maltese women that are covered up by British authorities. Sachs’s deadpan delivery of the villain’s thoughts makes his inventory of rape and murder more chilling and is a sharp contrast from the droll patter of the Brits playing at war and infidelity. Sachs’s vocal transformations from the upright Chadwick and his circle to the perverse mind and actions of the killer are excellent, as is his narration of the German air attacks that endanger Chadwick’s search for justice.” AudioFile
“Sachs vividly portrays British soldiers (from gunners and flyboys to officers) in this mystery set during the WWII siege of Malta…The stratified British service gives Sachs many opportunities to fine-tune a myriad of accents…The killer, unknown until the end, casts a pall over the story, and his everyday voice (thus his identity is kept secret) is quite different from his private one. Sachs' reading elevates this suspenseful story.” Booklist (audio review)
“Like James Benn in his Billy Boyle series, Mills makes excellent use of a lesser-known aspect of WWII, but unlike Benn, he is a fine stylist as well as a storyteller, enabling him to bring a remarkable degree of eloquence and emotional depth to his material. As historical fiction, as mystery, and as love story, this one hits on all cylinders.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Mark Mills

Mark Mills is a screenwriter and the author of The Savage Garden and Amagansett. His first novel, Amagansett, was published in a dozen countries and received the British Crime Writers’ Association John Creasy Memorial Dagger Award. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in Oxford with his wife and their two children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English