Paul Harris is currently the US Correspondent of the British weekly newspaper The Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper. He has held the post since 2003. Prior to that he reported from Africa for the Daily Telegraph, the Associated Press and Reuters. He has covered conflicts and trouble spots all around the world, including Iraq, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Pakistan. In 2003 he was embedded with British forces during the invasion of Iraq.
The Secret Keeper was inspired by his reporting on events in 2000 in Sierra Leone as that country’s long civil war came to an end.
Paul now lives in New York and is happy to have swapped the dangers of the front line for the less obvious perils of writing about American politics and culture.
For more information about Paul Harris, visit his website.
About The Secret Keeper
In the tradition of John le Carré, The Secret Keeper, set in war-torn Sierra Leone, tells the story of one man’s search for the truth in a nation where the rules of civilized society simply don’t apply.
Four years ago, British journalist Danny Kellerman was given the opportunity of a lifetime: covering the political crisis in Sierra Leone as a war correspondent. While in Freetown he begins a passionate love affair with a beautiful American woman named Maria Tirado, who helps run an orphanage for ex-child soldiers. But Danny can’t shake the feeling that Maria is hiding something from him, and as the crisis escalates, Danny has no choice but to leave; he boards a helicopter out of Freetown and never turns back….
Until four years later, when, with a new relationship and a new life in London, Danny receives a mysterious, urgent letter from Maria. She’s in trouble and needs Danny’s help. But the letter is dated three weeks earlier, and it’s already too late. Danny learns that Maria was murdered in a roadside robbery.
Haunted and heartbroken, Danny leaves London and returns to Freetown. Although there is now peace in Sierra Leone, corruption is rampant and every promising lead is a dead end. But with the help of old friends and contacts, Danny uncovers a string of secrets that sheds a shocking light on the woman he thought he knew—and reveals a hidden truth that could destroy those in power. Trapped in the heart of a dangerous nation where he can trust no one, Danny is forced to choose between his journalistic integrity and the devastating consequences of speaking the truth.
Visit The Secret Keeper website to read an excerpt of this exciting debut novel!
Paul Harris’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, May 18th: Maw Books
Tuesday, May 19th: Maw Books – Author interview and giveaway!
Wednesday, May 20th: Peeking Between the Pages
Thursday, May 21st: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Tuesday, May 26th: Dreadlock Girl
Wednesday, May 27th: My Friend Amy
Thursday, May 28th: A Reader’s Journal
Monday, June 1st: The Sleepy Reader
Tuesday, June 2nd: A Lifetime of Books
Wednesday, June 3rd: Bookworm with a View
Thursday, June 4th: It’s All About Books
Monday, June 8th: The Bookworm
Tuesday, June 9th: Jen’s Book Thoughts
Wednesday, June 10th: Presenting Lenore
Thursday, June 11th: Books for Breakfast
Friday, June 12th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Monday, June 15th: Bloody Hell, it’s a Book Barrage!
Tuesday, June 16th: Ramya’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, June 17th: Book Club Classics