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The Unknown Terrorist

by Richard Flanagan

Gina Davies is about to find out.

After spending a night with an attractive stranger, she has become a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack. When police find three unexploded bombs at a stadium and her enigmatic lover suddenly goes missing, Gina spends five days on the run and witnesses every truth of her life twisted into a betrayal.

The Unknown Terrorist is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror-alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown pushes one woman ever closer to breaking point.

This is an extraordinary achievement, chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar.

‘A masterpiece’ Washington Times

‘Nothing short of brilliance. Read this novel now, before it’s too late for any of us to understand its message’ Scotland on Sunday

‘… a tightly rivted, almost classic thriller … This is a damn good story delivered with the glittering prose that only the rage of just moral anger can achieve’  The Times

‘…should be required reading – with eyelids pinned open, if necessary, and forced to look … Flangan’s tightly crafted narrative is akin to the oppressive power of Kafka’s Trial or Capote’s In Cold Blood, stark realism revealing underlying sickness. His prose glitters and shrieks with spare vitality’ Washington Post

‘A terrific novel, maintained at fever heat but never straying beyond the bounds of possible or even the likely’ Guardian

‘The fast-paced narrative builds to a fittingly bloody crescendo, and Flanagan drops astutely cynical observations along the way… A true page-turner as well as a timely, pithy critique of celebrity culture and the politics of fear-mongering’ Publishers Weekly

‘Once in a while a thriller of genuine importance comes along, fired by passionate concern’ Daily Telegraph (UK)



01 January, 2006

About Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries. He directed a feature film version of The Sound of One Hand Clapping. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?


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