The cover-up of an incident involving an American Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate is at the center of this American debut from Temple, a leading Australian crime writer. After an attack on a client's life, Constantine Niemand, a South African security guard and ex-mercenary, comes into possession of a videotape that seems to implicate American troops in a massacre of African villagers. He takes the tape to England, where he tries to attract the interest of Caroline Wishart, an entertainment reporter who has stumbled into investigative journalism. Meanwhile, John Anselm, a German journalist who was once abducted in Beirut and now works for a secretive intelligence firm, is dealing with the ghosts of his own past, some of which intersect in unexpected ways with the incidents depicted on the tape. Niemand and Anselm come up against ruthless and shadowy individuals willing to go to any lengths to suppress revelation of the event. Winner of three Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction, Temple has crafted a violent page-turner that's recommended for most public libraries.-Lawrence Rungren, Merrimack Valley Lib. Consortium, Andover, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.