Atria/Emily Bestler Books
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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This astonishing debut espionage thriller depicts the
collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero
and one a determined terrorist, in a breakneck story
reminiscent of John le Carrť and Robert Ludlum at their finest.
PILGRIM is the code name for a world class and legendary
secret agent. His adversary is a man known only to the
reader as the Saracen. As a young boy, the Saracen barely
sees his dissident father beheaded in a Saudi Arabian public
square. But the event marks him for life and creates a
burning desire to destroy the special relationship between
the US and the Kingdom. Everything in the Saracenís life
from this moment forward will be in service to jihad.
At the novelís opening, we find ourselves in a seedy hotel
near Ground Zero. A woman lies face down in a pool of acid,
features melted off her face, teeth missing, fingerprints
gone. The room has been sprayed down with DNA-eradicating
antiseptic spray. All the techniques are pulled directly
from Pilgrim's book, a cult classic of forensic science
written under a pen name.
In offering the NYPD some casual assistance with the case,
Pilgrim gets pulled back into the intelligence underground.
What follows is a thriller that jockeys between
astonishingly detailed character study and breakneck
globetrotting. The author shifts effortlessly from Pilgrimís
hidden life of leisure in Paris to the Saracenís squalid
warrior life in Afghanistan, from the hallways of an
exclusive Swiss bank to the laboratories of a nefarious
biotech facility in Syria.
The inevitable encounter between Pilgrim and the Saracen
will come in Turkey, around the murder of a wealthy
American, in a thrilling, twisting, beautifully orchestrated
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