A Briefcase, Two Pies and A Penthouse

A Briefcase, Two Pies and A Penthouse

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"Rachel McManus has just started at the New Zealand Alarm and Response Ministry. One of the few females working there, she is forced to traverse the peculiarities of Wellington bureaucracy, lascivious colleagues, and decades of sedimented hierarchy. She has the chance to prove herself by investigating a suspected terrorist, who they fear is radicalising impressionable youth and may carry out an attack himself on the nation's capital"--Back cover.
Publisher: [Wellington] Aoteroa/New Zealand :, Lawrence & Gibson Publishing Collective,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780473356347
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 229 pages ;,21 cm

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Apr 16, 2018

There were some laugh out loud moments in the beginning this satire but the fun soon wears off as we follow the bumbling efforts of protagonist Rachel McManus in her new job with a government spy agency. Rachel is surrounded almost exclusively by men, all of whom are depicted as obnoxious imbeciles. Rachel's assigned case is to monitor the activities of a suspected terrorist which she does by tracking the suspects internet searches and communications. When Rachel decides to go out into the field and follow the suspect on foot through the Wellington streets, the story gets really serious and quite tense. But that's really about it as far as the plot goes.
It's good that the author is drawing attention to the unethical practice of racial profiling and the current paranoia about immigrants, but as a novel this is nothing more than an exercise in nihilism - maybe that's what the author was aiming for.

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