Conflicts of Interest by Terry Stiastny
(John Murray, 2018)

Conflicts of Interest

by Terry Stiastny

A gripping story of moral compromise and betrayal in the South of France where the political elite of Britain and France spend their summer holidays.

Two journalists take different path in life. Martin becomes a PR for politicians and gets a knighthood; Lawrence stays in journalism and loses his job because of the digital revolution. In the course of one summer in the South of France, where they both have holiday homes, Lawrence discovers that Martin is having an affair with the sister of a French politician who is being investigated for tax fraud. Is Martin bad or merely morally lazy? Could Lawrence investigate further and bring him down?

Set in the just-before-Brexit world of the European political elite, this is a timely story about the complex interplay between friendship and public life.