i have slogged about halfway through this book, and i'm just giving up. i simply cannot get excited enough about it to find out whodunnit. i don't care about malta, i don't care about the war, i don't care about the characters. i really enjoyed mills' amagansett...loved the characters and thought he did a great job of evoking a sense of place. and the mystery was pretty darn good, too. clearly, mills has done extensive research, but it's not enough (or maybe it's too much) to save "the information officer." there's nothing thrilling about it. it's even difficult to distinguish when he switches characters...the first time he did it, i didn't even realize it until the second switch, and had to go back and read the first switch chapter again. B O R I N G.