What haven’t you found?
By Tony Fraei
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes is a long but fascinating book – it combines a murder mystery and a plot to unleash a cataclysm on America. It is a true epic in which I was completely immersed.
The lead character is a forensic criminal investigator.
One of his mantra’s in the book is Forget the evidence …..evidence is a list of the material you’ve got. What about the things you haven’t found?
The various examples that came out through this type of perspective were very illuminating.
I even had to wonder if this approach has been followed much in a number of our high profile New Zealand crimes and mysteries?
Post 9/11 times
Of all the spy type books I’ve read, this is one of the best at describing the incredible challenges there are and the fear that folks have when working undercover.
Add to that the fact that they may be in very alien and often foreign environments.
The books covers the sophistication level of a terrorist plot that could occur post the 9/11 era.
It also includes some anecdotal items from 9/11 which are rather hard to judge as to whether or not they are based on fact or not.
It also moves back and forth between Eastern and Western cultures to give the reader a good insight into the “why” positions taken by either side.
Suspense and graphic authenticity
The book is very suspenseful and does have some graphic scenes that could be upsetting. But they are, no doubt, part of the world that folks like the Pilgrim work in.
The author attributes the germ of the idea for the work came from a visit to the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp where he saw a specific image.
This is covered in the book and was probably the most distressing part, for me, providing a flash back to something so very sad that I viewed at a Holocaust museum.
That aside I would still recommend this as very worthwhile read as a very good account of what is happening out there.
It’s very hard to put down.