We meet up with Marin Katich , in another incredibly intricate International political thriller, In Darkness Visible that completes the storyline began by Tony Jones in his first novel, The Twentieth Man when it appeared that Katich was killed, or so Anna believes, and has done so for the past ten years.
It is now 2005 and Marin Katich is living in Croatia under an assumed name, operating a business taking tourists out to a local island on day trips; basically, it is boat for hire. Anna Rosen, former lover of Katich and mother of his child, is working in Sydney as a freelance journalist, still questioning her life, but older and now much wiser. She is considering changes to her lifestyle, while trying to adjust to the fact that her beloved daughter Rachel, now has a female partner.
When she is contacted once again by those faceless little grey men via a series of horrific photographs which seem to be Marin Katich, a man who has been brutally beaten, now being held in the Hague as political prisoner, she once again finds herself embroiled in a world of espionage, intrigue, danger and a past that simply will not let her go.
Set in the Balkans in general terms, from Croatia to Australia, the storyline is very real as Jones’ political background and personal knowledge of the area creates a backdrop that is true to the region. Protagonists such as Slobodan Milosevic are introduced to give authenticity to the plot, which in Tony Jones’ intricate style of weaving fact with fiction, blurs the lines making it very difficult to differentiate between history and author licence.
As this is another complex work based on international politics, it is one that takes time to read thoroughly; to immerse into the storyline and accept the many people who are involved in one way or another with Katich, his past and it would seem his present, Anna, her past and their daughter Rachel, the product of their past.
Initially the storyline is confusing until you realise it is a continuation of The Twentieth Man and then, once the plot expands, it is back into a world of dark, murky darker darkness, who to trust and who is playing a deeper game than anyone thought.
Brilliant, immensely readable and for lovers of political thrillers, the perfectly constructed read. Better than ideal for the long hot days of summer, if you have not read it already.
|Publisher||Allen and Unwin|
|Distributor||Allen and Unwin|