A thriller about a reporter who is an alcoholic as a result of his experiences in Iraq. His editor, who is also the owner of his newspaper, is untouched. There is a ruthless CIA agent, a corrupt prime minister, a beautiful prostitute who is murdered, a defence advisor on-the-run, and a Chinese agent. Surprisingly, there is also a loving daughter and a devoted ex-wife. Squeamish readers, like myself, can skip the torture bits and enjoy the intrigue.