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John Anselm is a struggling intelligence dealer whose business is information, Con Niemand is a tough ex-mercenary whose business is surviving, and Caroline Wishart is an exposé journalist whose business until now has been the sex lives of British politicians. Their paths collide when they all stumble across a secret terrible enough to destroy lives and topple governments. Against his will, Anselm is plunged into a world of violence, betrayal, and death. He must break out of his anesthetized life and pit himself against forces that he does not understand, forces determined to rebury an atrocity that threatens reputations and lives across the globe, while Niemand is hunted across two continents by people he doesn't know. 'Identity Theory', cleverly plotted and peppered with dark irony and lean prose, delivers a world of political intrigue where information is more dangerous than explosives and secrets are worth more than human life.
Not as well known as his award-winning "Broken Shore," but "Identity Theory" by Peter Temple is even better. The plot is intricate; the characters are sharply developed; the writing surpasses the early John Le Carre and is as good as Steinbeck at his best. The writing is that good. Read this book for the joy of Temple's prose, even if you think that "noir" and "detective" cannot possibly be genres you'd care to read.