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 CarrĂ© 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 Saracenâ€™s life
from this moment forward will be in service to jihad.
At the novelâ€™s 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 Pilgrimâ€™s
hidden life of leisure in Paris to the Saracenâ€™s 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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