A Firing Offense: A Novel

A Firing Offense: A Novel

by David Ignatius

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ISBN-13: 9780393346282
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 279,844
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

David Ignatius is a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for nearly three decades. He has written several New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Director. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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A Firing Offense 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Ignatius has done it again. In his suspence/thriller/mystery novel we happen apun a man named Eric Truell. He is a reporter for a Washington newspaper called the Mirror. While over seas Eric is put in a situation in which he ends up a terrorist organisation that no one has ever heard that is making wild and ludacris accusations about the French Government. As Eric becomes wrapped in this web of mystery and danger of truth is overshadowed by lies, murder, and corruption he learns that truth comes at ahigh price. He realizes that the deal he thought he wa reporting on is only the tip of the iceberg. As Eric sarts to almost feed off the information his CIA operative gives him, he is slwly turning into an agent without even knowing. By the end of the book all the pieces start to put themselves together. It will make you think if a certain meeting was arranged or a certain 'hostage situation' in which the leader mysteriosly vanishes. One gets to thinking maybe the entire story is one giant recuitment test. I give this book two thumbs up. It kept me wondering what everything meant and how it was going to get pieced together when the right oiece was found. It's like those movies you walk away from saying,'oh, so thats what they meant.' and 'it all makes sense now that i've seen the whole thing. If you ever have the time to sit down on a rainy Saturday and read a book, this should be the one to read.
breic2 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Basically a trashy thriller; reasonably well written with nothing very wrong. The main character, a journalist who works closely with the CIA, is drawn very well. The plot is also quite reasonable, e.g., that the US government would automatically interpret an average biology lab in China as a WMD production facility. However, the other characters are less interesting.
fromkin on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The cover of David Ignatius' "A Firing Offense" carries the following promotional blurb from former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee: "A dynamite thriller with the coolest, smartest journalist that fiction ever produced." Bradlee's known some smart journalists in his day, including Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. I'm sure that there are some journalists who have outwitted French and American intelligence (and been outwitted by the CIA as well). But most journalism is not the stuff of thrillers. It's covering local, state, and federal agencies; covering community events and business and interest activities; and, all to often, rewriting news releases.But Ignatius knows journalism at the highest level, and through his reporting knows the ins and outs of the intelligence community. And because he knows both so well, he addresses with conviction the ethical concerns of a journalist who must reconcile his obligation to his profession and his concern his country. Foreign correspondent Eric Truell hits the big time when, as a Paris-based correspondent for a major American newspaper, he unravels corruption within the French government while reporting on a hostage situation. In his zeal to get to the bottom of the scandal, Truell makes a Faustian bargain with the CIA - receiving information vital to his story, and agreeing to gather information for the CIA on a biological weapons program in China. That agreement to help the CIA is the "firing offense" of the title. Truell is an interesting - if modestly fanciful - character. But the star of the book is legendary reporter Arthur Bowman, a veteran correspondent who has surreptitiously already committed his firing offense. Brash, egotistical, insecure, womanizing, epicurean, Bowman draws Truell into a maelstrom of deception, eventually offering Truell his path to salvation.Ignatius is a very good writer, and a master of suspense. This is a most enjoyable book.
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