Breaking Faith: A Faith Zanetti Thriller


“Everyone's favorite messed-up war correspondent”(Sarah Weinman) returns in Anna Blundy's exhilarating sequel to the critically acclaimed Vodka Neat

Faith Zanetti doesn't much care who put the bomb on flight TAA67, the plane that blew up over the tiny Scottish village of Cairbridge twenty-five years ago. Wasn't it those Libyan blokes who went to prison? For a woman whose comfort zone is a war zone, it seems like the boring assignment from hell....

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“Everyone's favorite messed-up war correspondent”(Sarah Weinman) returns in Anna Blundy's exhilarating sequel to the critically acclaimed Vodka Neat

Faith Zanetti doesn't much care who put the bomb on flight TAA67, the plane that blew up over the tiny Scottish village of Cairbridge twenty-five years ago. Wasn't it those Libyan blokes who went to prison? For a woman whose comfort zone is a war zone, it seems like the boring assignment from hell.

But as the conspiracy theories start seeming less theoretical, Faith realizes she's skating on thin ice. With the ghost of her dead father creeping out of her dreams, and the screams of the doomed passengers ringing in her ears, Faith begins to suspect that the truth she seeks might be closer to home than she thought...

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Smashing . . . sizzles with suspense."

- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Breaking Faith

"Razor-sharp...swerves quickly into the helter-skelter, vaguely surreal thriller world of, say, Reggie Nadelson, with a touch of Michael Dibdin at his darkest. Wherever the charismatic Zanetti winds up, she bears watching."

- Booklist

Unanimous Praise for Vodka Neat

“Anna Blundy has written a page-turner . . . buoyant, smart, racy, and compelling.”

- Tina Brown

“A mesmerizing thriller with a sexy and sharp heroine.”

- Walter Isaacson

“Brilliant . . . will leave American readers eager for more of Faith Zanetti's adventures.”

- Publishers Weekly

“Superb . . . fine puzzles for the summer sun. Faith Zanetti [is] a wonderful character . . . A staggeringly tragic, splendid mystery.”

- Providence Journal

“A drop of the hard stuff, administered tenderly by someone who's obviously been there.”

- Christopher Hitchens

“Complex, tense, and fast-moving . . . Blundy's characters are fully fleshed, flawed, and thoroughly human. A fine mystery with an interesting and engaging female lead and a strong sense of place.”

- Booklist

Publishers Weekly

In British author Blundy's smashing Faith Zanetti thriller, her second to be published in the U.S. (after Vodka Neat), Faith starts receiving messages that appear to be from her father, Karel Zanetti, a celebrated U.K. journalist who was supposedly killed while covering the troubles in Northern Ireland years earlier. Meanwhile, Faith is writing an article for the London Chronicle on the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie-style bombing of a 747 that claimed the lives of all 245 people aboard. While Libyan terrorists were blamed for the attack, the Chronicle 's editor, who believes the full story has yet to be told, wants Faith to identify who phoned a bomb warning beforehand to the U.S. embassy in Reykjavik. In her search for answers, Faith makes some dark discoveries, including that her father had an illegitimate daughter who perished on the fatal flight. This semiautobiographical novel-Blundy's own journalist father was killed by a sniper in El Salvador in 1989-sizzles with suspense. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Reviews
Hard-boozing Faith Zanetti isn't going to let a dead-end story or a baby break her. Still recovering from her adventures in Moscow (Vodka Neat, 2008), Faith is anything but satisfied with the latest assignment from her editor at London's Chronicle-the anniversary of the Cairnbridge plane bombing. Faith is sure she's not going to scoop all the other reporters who've covered the incident over the past 25 years, but she heads to Italy to meet her former boyfriend Eden and browse through the notes from his coverage of the story. She finds to her annoyance that her toddler son's father has embraced the Italian lifestyle, throwing around "Ciao" at every opportunity. Unlike Eden, Faith doesn't want to put down new roots; she just wants to finish what promises to be less investigative journalism than a commemorative piece. Then Eden introduces her to Phoebe and Walter Irving, both of whom knew Faith's long-dead reporter father, Phoebe rather more intimately. Though Faith isn't looking to catch up on old times, it's hard to ignore her past when she's becoming convinced her father is sending her warnings from beyond the grave. It turns out that Phoebe and Walter might be the key not only to the identity of the Reykjavik caller who originally warned of the Cairnbridge bombing, but to some unexpected secrets of Faith's past. The book is too charmed by its own protagonist to remind readers why she's so charming.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312368654
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Faith Zanetti Thrillers Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Blundy is an Oxford graduate and former Moscow correspondent for The London Times. She has lived and worked in many areas of the world, and she now splits her time between London and Tuscany.

Her and Zoe Heller’s columns were the basis for the real women Helen Fielding was satirizing in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Her first book, Every Time We Say Goodbye, told the story of her foreign correspondent father who was killed by a sniper in El Salvador in 1989. Vodka Neat was her first novel in the Faith Zanetti thriller series to be published in the U.S. Please visit her Web site at

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    a super journalistic investigative thriller

    London's Chronicle reporter Faith Zanetti is unhappy with her latest assignment that she assumes is gonna go nowhere as the Cairnbridge plane bombing that killed all 245 aboard has been covered to incredible lengths over the twenty-five years with nothing new. She assumes in between her booze that she will bring nothing new too.

    Faith goes to Italy to spend time with Eden, her former boyfriend and father of her infant. He likes Italy and seems to want to remain there; she just wants to finish her story and get back to real investigative journalism like she did in Moscow (see VODKA NEAT) although the incidents there still haunt her. Eden introduces Faith to Phoebe and Walter Irving, friends of her late father Karel, who also was a reporter allegedly killed while covering the Troubles in North Ireland. Faith begins receiving warnings from the grave that leads the intrepid reporter to realize Phoebe knew her dad intimately and the couple knows who made that call in Reykjavik to the American Embassy in Iceland just prior to the Cairnbridge bombing. She also learns about one particular female traveler who died on that tragic plane; a person she would have liked to have met.

    With an obvious connection to the Lockerbie tragedy, BREAKING FAITH is a super journalistic investigative thriller as the heroine is stunned with revelation after revelation on a story that she expected to go nowhere. Faith makes the tale work as a tough individual who can out drink just about anyone while balancing a baby with her investigations. Faith's inquiry into the Cairnbridge plane bombing is deftly handled as Anna Blundy provides another winner that readers will toast with Chianti: wine.

    Harriet Klausner

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