B. Miller's striking follow-up to his much-loved John Creasey Dagger-winning Norwegian by Night.
Near Checkpoint Zulu, 100 miles from the Kuwaiti border, in 1991, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist who reports from war zones, in part to avoid his lacklustre marriage and a daughter he loves but cannot connect with; Hobbes is a Midwestern American private who might be an insufferable ignoramus or might be a brilliant lunatic with a death wish - it's hard to tell.
Operation Desert Storm is over, and peace has been declared, but as they argue about whether it makes sense to cross the nearest border in search of an ice cream, they become embroiled in a horrific attack in which a young local girl in a green dress is shot in the back and dies in Hobbes' arms. The two men walk away into their respective lives. But something has cracked for them both.
Twenty-two years later, in another place, in another war, the two men meet again. Benton and relief worker Märta Ström are persuaded by a much-changed Hobbes to embark on what may be a fool's errand in a last-chance effort to redeem themselves when the girl in green is found alive and in need of salvation. Or is she?
Set against the war-torn landscape of a shattered Iraq, The Girl in Green is an adventure story told with all the wit, humanity and insight of Miller's acclaimed debut, Norwegian by Night.
"A thriller that combines characters of more than usual sensitivity with the harsh reality of combat and a prescient analysis of the shameful behaviour of governments." (The Times)
"A provocative engagement with US foreign policy is matched to rich and multifaceted characterization." (The Independent)
"Verdict: heart-thumping thriller." (The Herald Sun)
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