Identity Theory

Identity Theory John Anselm is a former Beirut hostage a war correspondent who went to one war too many A burnt out case he lives in Hamburg working for a semi legal near broke surveillance firm and trying to com

  • Title: Identity Theory
  • Author: Peter Temple
  • ISBN: 9781596921825
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Anselm is a former Beirut hostage, a war correspondent who went to one war too many A burnt out case, he lives in Hamburg, working for a semi legal, near broke surveillance firm and trying to come to terms with his past Then into his life comes Con Niemand, ex mercenary and professional survivor Niemand has had the unluckiest break of his life he has stumbled acrJohn Anselm is a former Beirut hostage, a war correspondent who went to one war too many A burnt out case, he lives in Hamburg, working for a semi legal, near broke surveillance firm and trying to come to terms with his past Then into his life comes Con Niemand, ex mercenary and professional survivor Niemand has had the unluckiest break of his life he has stumbled across evidence of a terrible secret and now he s on the run, the focus of a relentless high tech manhunt across England to the remote Welsh mountains 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 a secret that can destroy reputations and lives across the globe.
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    • Mary says:

      There are two stories running along side each other here; that of John Anselm in Hamburg and Con Niemand in South Africa. There is a third catalytic storyline as well. The book opens with Con Niemand, an ex Special Forces soldier, in South Africa providing security for a couple. They are attacked, he kills the attackers, but, horrifically, he is the only survivor. He 'inherits' the materials, including a pivotal video, his employer was holding and negotiates the price of getting them to England. [...]

    • Ed says:

      This is my first book by Australian author, Peter Temple. I was impressed.The plotting, in particular, is complicated and suspenseful. Plenty of surprises and unexpected twists.The characters are most interesting, particularly the women because their motivations are far less clear and therefore more enticing. The male characters are all flawed, some fatally so. Makes them far more believable than the usual thriller genre heroes.The story takes some attention and focus if the reader wants to keep [...]

    • Aine Dunne says:

      Not the easiest book to read - the characters are difficult to keep track of and the dislogue can be fragmented and hard to follow. However it is worth sticking with. The story centers around a former journalist turned surveillance expert and a mercenary who stumbles on some incriminating evidence of war crimes. Based in London, South Africa and Hamburg this is a bit different from the norm.

    • David says:

      In The Evil Day is a stand alone international thriller by Australian author Peter Temple that transgresses much of the globe, including South Africa, England, Wales and Germany.There are two main characters that the text oscillates between. John Anselm is a former war correspondent who is suffering from his near death experience as a tortured hostage in Beirut. Suffering post-war stress and probably alcoholism, he lives in Hamburg, working for a struggling surveillance firm and trying to come t [...]

    • Richard Yaxley says:

      One of the author's earlier works, with his trademark complex plotting and superb phrasing, particularly his descriptions of the various environs. This was a novel that demanded persistence but the pay-off, the unravelling, is certainly worth it. Temple's writing bridges the crime / thriller genre and literary style (hence his Miles Franklin Award for Truth) and is all the more appealing for that.

    • Arax Miltiadous says:

      βρήκε τον χρόνο του τελικά και δεν θα έλεγα ότι με απογοήτευσε, συναίσθημα που είχα κατά την πρώτη απόπειρα της ανάγνωσης του. Σίγουρα δεν είναι από τα βιβλία που με ξετρέλαναν αλλά ήταν απολαυστική ιστορία, με ωραία γυρίσματα στην πλοκή και ποιοτικά γραμμένο. Αυτά, απολαύσ [...]

    • Kerrycarr says:

      I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. was a bit hard to get used to all the characters but once you get used to that the story and twists are really good.

    • Petros Sarantakis says:

      Εξαιρετικό αστυνομικό λογοτέχνημα. Ο killer Νίμαντ, ο αρχικά κυνικός Άνσελμ και η αμφιλεγόμενης ηθικής δημοσιογράφος Ουίσαρτ παίρνουν μέρος σε ένα κατασκοπικό-πολιτικό θρίλερ με φρενήρεις ρυθμούς. Οι απίστευτα ακριβείς περιγραφές σκηνών και χαρακτήρων, οι σωστές δόσεις υπα [...]

    • Don says:

      I have read and enjoyed several Peter Temple books. Was it because they were set in Melbourne? I don't know.However, for some reason, at the half way point of, 'In the Evil Day', I decided I had had enough.

    • Mikebee says:

      I found the parallel story lines, and especially the nearly stream off consciousness bursts of dialog and information a bit tough to follow. I’m glad I persevered, excellent story and plotting.

    • Liam Berry says:

      After reading Temple's Truth last year, which was excellent, I had wanted to read something else by him for quite a while. While I enjoyed parts of this novel and some of the writing was good it was miles away in terms of quality from what his most recent novel accomplished. I have heard somewhere that it was with the novel before Truth, Broken Shore, that Temple really hit his straps and while I will definitely seek that out (along with anything he writes from this point on) I would probably ne [...]

    • Wal.li says:

      Das ist scheußlichIm Auftrag seines Sicherheitsdienstes begleitet Constantine Niemand eine Dame zu ihrem Haus in Johannesburg. Ihm ist von Anfang an nicht wohl bei der Aufgabe, doch es scheint alles glatt zu gehen. In dem Moment jedoch als seine Aufmerksamkeit nachzulassen beginnt, geschieht das Unglaubliche. Das Ehepaar, das er eigentlich beschützen soll, wird von Killern ermordet. Selbst Niemand entkommt nur knapp. Bevor er die Stätte des Unheils verlässt, findet er ein Video, das einiges [...]

    • Robert Rosenthal says:

      I wanted to like this book more, I truly did. It got off to a fine start, diving right into the action with a seasoned mercenary, Niemand, working a routine escort as a personal bodyguard in South Africa and finding himself in an unexpectedly deadly ambush. He takes possession of a mysterious videotape that drives all subsequent action. And had the author stayed with Niemand as his main protagonist, the result might have been better. His scenes are compelling and move. Unfortunately, we're broug [...]

    • Dorian says:

      Peter Temple is currently my favourite crime writer. He's not quite at the top of his game here--it's the first book of his I've read that's not set in Australia, and although it seems admirably acquainted with its various locales (South Africa, Hamburg, London, and Wales), it isn't fully anchored in a particular world the way, for example, his series with Melbourne-based lawyer/reluctant PI Jack Irish does. (Bad Debts & Black Tide are the first two books in that series and they are availabl [...]

    • Victor says:

      My kind of crime novel! I read the earlier version, 'Identity Theory', which may have had a few more typos than 'In the Evil day'. A gripping page turner (can't find a better expression, though it's surely overused), written in a curt, tough, no nonsense manner. Several investigations run parallel until they are tied together. It's a modern Iran Contra-type plot (remember Pointdexter and Oliver North?) set in Jo'burg, London and Hamburg, with a subplot about the protagonist's family history - no [...]

    • Kieran Delaney says:

      You get a book, a book that releases a tumultuous torrent of words. That's what I thought. The book, it as these vague allusions. Are they plot points? Do it. It's not clear. Is something going on? Who knows. Probably. It was probably just a dream. AND THEN IN COME THE BADDIES (THEY ARE WEARING BLACK) AND THEY SHOOT EVERYONE. And then as it ends, more allusions. It was him. (PS - This book took me an age to get through. I had to be sat on a train for two hours alongside a sleeping flatulant fat [...]

    • Nick says:

      This is a great read spanning Jo'burg to Hamburg and giving us an insight in to the private security/surveillance, journalism and CIA murky world and how it can all intertwine. At the heart of the story is Con Niedmand, ex-South African merc turned bodyguard who ends up with a video he shouldn't have of an unspeakable act in Africa involving American troops. The story kicks off from there and how, after trying to sell the video to the UK red-top press for a fast buck, he ends up being chased by [...]

    • David Baxter says:

      This is unusual for Temple; instead of his insightful and often scathing eye for human foibles being turned on purely Australian politics and (criminal) society, "In the Evil Day" takes a look at the ways that western governments use military involvement in 3rd-world countries as "beta-testing" laboratories for their weaponry. The central motif of the novel concerns a massacre in an obscure region in a small African country. The protagonist is an ex-journalist whose prior life catches up with hi [...]

    • Michel says:

      His name is Niemand, Con Niemand, but of course nobody is called Niemand…An ex-para turned mercenary, a veteran of all blood coups in Africa turned bodyguard; a survivor and a ruthless killer, as those hellbent on erasing him will find out. And yet, with a résumé like that, we kinda like him.He stumbles upon knowledge not fit for public consumption, and becomes a problem that can only be solved with extreme prejudice. Cyberstalked by a contractor in Hamburg (written 7 years before Snowden!), [...]

    • Sharron says:

      The plot was absurdly convoluted. There was a cast of thousands. Well, that's an exaggeration but it felt like it because dozens of them were introduced rapid fire in the first few chapters. It was impossible to tell who was who and whether they would appear later in the story. I felt as though I walked into a large reception and was introduced to thirty or so people all in a quarter hour and would be tested on who they all were later on. If so, I would have failed. The fact that some the charac [...]

    • Brendan says:

      In his usual spare, taut fashion, Peter Temple brings together a complex story of an on-the-run ex-mercenary, a former journalist turned information snoop, and the shadowy underworld of black ops, corporate skulduggery, and digital espionage into an engaging, if disturbing, thriller. Despite a slightly-too-pat ending, and lines of involvement that aren't always clear (or, at least, resolve themselves clearly) this is still Temple at near to the top of his game - and therefore makes for a more th [...]

    • Sheila says:

      What a contrast between this book and the ones set in Australia (which I loved but had a hard time finding my way through the vernacular)! This begins like a straightforward thriller, then moves into the shadowy world of information and the complex character of John Anselm. With all the layers and complexity, Temple reminds me of LeCarre - John Anselm could well be one of his characters.Sometimes the number of characters, the sidebars, the technical derring-do seems a bit heavy-going, but it is [...]

    • Pauline says:

      I loved the sense of confusion. It was utterly believable, given the state of the world. I thought the characters behaved in a very realistic way. Particularly the other hostage, suggesting Anselm find a drug he like and get over it. All too believable. I loved the dialogue, as others have said, O'Malley steals every scene he is in, but also the interior dialogue was particularly powerful and kicked this book into another league. Courage, persistence, trust, morality. All the big themes are here [...]

    • Margaret Stringer says:

      I thought it the most impressive of all his works - and yes, I've got 'em all - because its plotline is the most complex.No-one writes dialogue as well as Temple.For that matter, no-one writes a whole lot of things as well as he does: he's my No. 1 favourite writer of all times.I might list everything I have of his - why not?! :-)

    • Clint says:

      The early chapters were so disjointed and it took so long for the different characters and locations to come together to a coherent plot that is was hard to follow, much less enjoy the story. It was almost like randomly changing channels on a television. When it did start to meld together it was an enjoyable and well written story.

    • Sandra says:

      Considering that this was far more masculine a book than I usually read - more weapons, more war, more groups of undercover ex-army terrorist types - I did enjoy it and found it hard to put down as the tension rose and the action hurtled from country to country. All credit to Peter Temple's writing which, while not so lyrical, was perfectly pitched for characterisations and page-turning.

    • Susan Springer says:

      Three storylines come together to expose the destruction of a villagein Angola: Anselm the journalist turned intelligence dealer, Niemandthe mercenary, and Wishart the exposé journalist. The plotting was soclever it was often difficult to follow, but the prose was as lean asa surgical scalpel.

    • Jane says:

      It seems I like Temple's crime books much more than his thrillers (or this one, at least). Sure, it's unputdownable. But it's ridiculous. And it doesn't have the sparsity of style that somehow hides the ridiculousness of his crime novels. Or maybe I just have a crush on Jack Irish.

    • Stephen Wahrhaftig says:

      This writer was recorded by one of my favorite authors, TR Pearson. He noted that Temple's dialog was especially good, and I must agree. The people in this spy tale are smart and reflective, their words help propel the story. A very good read.

    • Lily Mulholland says:

      It was very enjoyable to read an international crime/suspense novel from Peter Temple. I love his homegrown stories, but this was a very satisfying diversion. The ending didn't grab me the way I'd expected, but that may have had something to do with my jetlagged state.

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