This is the powerful, disturbing and highly acclaimed account of how a British officer in the Parachute Regiment, of part Yugoslav origin, became painfully embroiled in the savage maelstrom of the Bosnian war. Milos Stankovic's work as interpreter and go-between for senior British commanders propelled him from one nerve-wracking crisis to another as he helped to negotiate ceasefires between rival warlords, secured the release of UN hostages and organised the escape from Sarajevo of stricken families.
Yet his close contacts with the Bosnian Serb leadership of Dr Karadzic and General Mladic bred suspicion and paranoia on all sides - not just in the Bosnian Muslim and Serb ranks (who thought he might be a British spy - General Rose's "trusted mole") but in the minds of the Americans as well. In a final, horrific twist, the author was arrested by the British authorities on suspicion of being a Serb spy - two and a half years after returning from Bosnia . . .