"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."
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.”
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.
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.