Ministers of Fire: A Novel
Starred review in Publishers Weekly
A Wall Street Journal Top Ten Mysteries of 2012 Selection
Kabul, Afghanistan, 1979: CIA station chief Lucius Burling, an idealistic but flawed product of his nation’s intelligence establishment, barely survives the assassination of the American ambassador. Burling’s reaction to the mur ...more
Ministers of Fire is a literary thriller in the best sense of the term. It’s both exquisitely written, with artful prose and dialogue reminiscent of John Banville or Graham Greene, and has plot twists and a narrative drive that keep you in suspense until the last page.
Although political implications (past and present) abound between the US, Afghanistan, and China, perhaps what Saunders does best here is to take the reader into the inner workings of the minds of international spies in a way that...more