A Delicate Truth
UK Penguin (April 2013, Ed. Mary Mount, 312 pages)
US Penguin (Ed. Kathryn Court)
If a decade of diplomatic life had taught Toby Bell one thing, it was to treat every crisis as normal and soluble.
A covert counter-terror operation codenamed "Wildlife" to be mounted on the Rock of Gibraltar. This one is right off the books. The target codenamed "PUNTER". Our boys on land, the American mercenaries by sea. Kit Probyn, Foreign Office upright veteran with a safe pair of hands and no previous experience of the dark arts, to be the Minister's eyes and ears on the ground. His "red telephone".
Toby Bell, rising Foreign Office star and the Minister's Personal Private Secretary, has been kept out of the loop. Why? Whispers of private armies, bounty, dicey intelligence, corporate wars.
A disgraced Special Forces Soldier who took part in "Wildlife" delivers a message from the dead. The worlds of Toby Bell and Kit Probyn collide. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, at what point do these two good men become guilty bystanders?
A Delicate Truth is a furiously paced story of moral dilemma, personal guilt, bold action and unexpected love.