Forgetfulness

by Ward Just

Thomas Railles, an American expatriate and former “odd-jobber” for the CIA, is a successful painter living with his beloved wife, Florette, in a small village in the Pyrenees. On an ordinary autumn day, Florette goes for a walk in the hills and is killed by unknown assailants. Was her death simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was it somehow connected to Thomas’s work with the CIA? When French officials detain four Moroccan terrorists and charge them with Florette’s murder, Thomas is invited by his boyhood friend (and former agency handler) Bernhard to witness the interrogation. Thomas's search for answers in this shadow world will lead him to a confrontation that will change him forever.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618918492
  • ISBN-10: 0618918493
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication Date: 09/05/2007
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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  • About the Book
    Thomas Railles, an American expatriate and former “odd-jobber” for the CIA, is a successful painter living with his beloved wife, Florette, in a small village in the Pyrenees. On an ordinary autumn day, Florette goes for a walk in the hills and is killed by unknown assailants. Was her death simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was it somehow connected to Thomas’s work with the CIA? When French officials detain four Moroccan terrorists and charge them with Florette’s murder, Thomas is invited by his boyhood friend (and former agency handler) Bernhard to witness the interrogation. Thomas's search for answers in this shadow world will lead him to a confrontation that will change him forever.

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    "Many of our best writers... are grappling with 9/11 and its fall-out; Just's take may be the best yet." Entertainment Weekly

    “[A] riveting examination of personal loss and political criminality… Just’s Forgetfulness is haunting, clarifying, and imperative." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

    "Superb—as suspense, as theater, as psychological warfare...[Just] is as seductive a raconteur as ever." Kirkus Reviews

    "[Just] sets his journalist's eye on the ethically fraught war on terror....an emotionally charged narrative." Publishers Weekly

    "A heartbreaking tale that is as contemporary as today's newspaper headlines and as timeless as the most profound classic tragedy." Bookpage

    [Just]'s a master at blending the personal and political. Forgetfulness gets at the heart of terrorism and revenge. USA Today

    Forgetfulness is a wonderful addition to [Just's] distinctive and distinguished body of work.
    The New York Times Book Review

    'Forgetfulness' is an intellectual and emotional marvel of a book.
    Boston Globe

    Written in a style both taut and reflective, this is suspense of the highest order.
    Atlantic Monthly

    Mr. Just's finest novel yet.
    The Wall Street Journal

    The first notable work by a major American writer to engage the moral and emotional complexities of the post-9/11 world.
    Los Angeles Times

    [Just’s] muted power has never been more unsettling than in his new novel.
    The Washington Post

    It's the novel that the people who felt cheated by Updike's book ['Terrorist']seem to have wanted.
    The Chicago Sun-Times
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