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ADRIAN DE HOOG (Reading & Talk & Signing)

Thursday Oct 18 2007 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park Store, in the Travel Alcove

Reading and Signing of Borderless Deceit, a tale of intrigue. The Canadian diplomatic service's communication network is destroyed by a virus, a cover-up follows, and two people are on the run. De Hoog was educated in MB, SK, and Oxford, and spent 30 years working as a Canadian diplomat in Kenya and Germany. He served as Consul-General in Berlin, and witnessed firsthand the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His first novel is The Berlin Assignment.

A virus destroys the communication network of the Canadian diplomatic service. Implicated in the investigation are Carson Pryce, a reclusive, moody intelligence analyst, and Rachel Dunn, a brilliant diplomat with a glowing humanitarian track record. Carson for years has been secretly obsessed with Rachel and abuses his privileged access to intelligence information to keep track of Rachel and people around her. he knows things about Rachel which she doesn't herself. The investigation into the virus deepens and Carson initiates a cover-up to prevent damage to Rachel's reputation. As events begin to spiral out of control, both are suddenly forced to go into hiding. The plot in Borderless Deceit skips easily from Ottawa to Vienna, from Berlin to Alexandria. The action takes place in a world where privacy has disappeared.

Adrian de Hoog was born in the Netherlands, his family emigrating to Canada (Brandon, Manitoba) in 1957.

He was educated in the universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Oxford, obtaining a D.Phil from the latter in 1974 (in the History and Philosophy of Science). That same year he joined the Canadian Foreign Service.

During his thirty year career working as a diplomat for Canada, he had postings in countries as varied as Kenya and Germany and at various stages of his career contributed to Canada's international interest by working on issues such as development assistance, nuclear non-proliferation, the global environment, and international economic topics pursued in for a such as the OECD and the G 7.

As Canada's Consul-General in Berlin shortly after the Berlin wall came down he witnessed the enormous social, political, economic and cultural changes sweeping over a city which was always restless and a center of change.

It is the turbulent Berlin of the early 1990s which provides the backdrop for de Hoog's first novel, The Berlin Assignment.

De Hoog retired from foreign service in 2004 and is now pursuing a career as writer. He lives in Ottawa.

See:

The Berlin Assignment

- Trade paperback

by Adrian De Hoog - $24.95 - Add to Cart

This story of discovery, romance, and intrigue is set in Berlin shortly after the fall of the Wall. Anthony Hanbury, a Canadian diplomat pursuing a desultory career, is assigned as consul to Berlin. Having lived in Berlin as a student during the sixties, he asks for this assignment twenty-five years later to renew contact both with the city ­ gripped by the tumultuous changes of German reunification ­ and with people he once knew. On the surface Hanbury's assignment unfolds routinely. Behind the scenes, however, his activities generate forces of suspicion. Only in the new Berlin ­ where the Wall is gone but East-West divisions continue, where the Cold War's remnants linger and a totalitarian regime's entrails are available for scavenging ­ could Hanbury's fate take the calamitous tu it does. Bracketing the story is Hanbury's previous boss, Irving Heywood, a man with a zest for Service gossip. In a position of influence at headquarters in Ottawa and piqued by the Berlin events, he unwillingly becomes an agent in the consul's mysterious downfall.

Borderless Deceit

- Trade paperback

by Adrian De Hoog - $22.00 - Add to Cart

A virus destroys the communication network of the Canadian diplomatic service. Carson Pryce, a reclusive, moody intelligence analyst, and Rachel Dunn, a brilliant diplomat with a glowing humanitarian track record, are implicated in the event. For years, Carson has been secretly obsessed with Rachel, and abuses his privileged access to intelligence information to keep track of her and the people around her. He knows things about Rachel which she doesn't even know herself. The investigation into the virus deepens and Carson initiates a cover-up to prevent damage to Rachel's reputation. The plot in Borderless Deceit skips easily from Ottawa to Vienna, from Berlin to Alexandria and from Transylvania to Kenya. The action takes place in a world where privacy has disappeared, where hackers circle each other in cyberspace, and where a mouse click can orchestrate deceit in faraway places. Is there space in this for a rekindling of humanity's enduring values?