Saturday, February 03, 2007

Another thriller about Princess Di's crash

From the Guardian today,
More writers are to join the fray that will surround the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death this summer. Aside from a conspiracy thriller from Transworld (Tom Cain's The Accident Man), Faber will publish Eoin McNamee's 12:23, which uncovers the "stirrings in the covert world" that apparently surrounded the fatal crash. And Century will handle the UK release of former New Yorker editor Tina Brown's The Diana Chronicles. Brown, who was paid $2m by Doubleday US for the book, will "penetrate Diana's world with a keen eye for its rich gallery of characters and veiled truths, its sexual peccadilloes and social politics"
12:23 Synopsis:
August 1997. Diana Spencer and her Egyptian lover are rumoured to be about to visit Paris. According to some accounts they will become engaged. And according to some accounts there are those who will go to any lengths to put an end to Spencer`s unpredictable trajectory. There are stirrings in the covert world. As the Harrods Gulfstream bearing the lovers nears Paris, an international fixer with an interest to protect puts in place a team to watch the Princess. Former Special Branch operative John Harper is recruited by the man who was once his handler. They are joined by an old flame of Harper's, Grace, who also has a background in espionage. Their surveillance targets are the Deputy Director of Security at the Ritz Hotel, Henri Paul, and paparazzo supreme James Andanson. But they are not the only ones watching Spencer, and their street-level chicanery doesn’t appear to be equal to the events unfolding around them.
12:23 is due out in July 2007.

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