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Secret Keeper
by Paul Harris
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Plume, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

On Danny Kellerman's first assignment in Sierra Leone he met and fell in love with American aid worker Maria Tirado. After his article about her work with ex-child soldiers, Maria stopped returning Danny's phone calls and eventually the journalist returned to London.

Now it is four years later and Danny receives a letter from Maria begging him for help. But it is already too late, for before he can respond Danny discovers his former girlfriend has been killed.

Determined to discover what really happened to Maria, Danny asks to be reassigned to the African country, but he meets a wall of silence. No one wants to talk about Maria Tirado and her death.

Perhaps he should have admitted defeat and returned home, but the newspaper writer has a stubborn streak which is about to get him into a whole lot of trouble.

Journalist Paul Harris spent four years in Africa and covered the final stages of the war in Sierra Leone. His first hand knowledge of the country, its politics and problems, gives this novel a ring of authenticity one doesn't often find in a story of this nature.

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