A pious family man is pulled back into his sordid past—and into a race to stop a terrorist plot—in this thriller by an Edgar Award–winning author.
Sustained by a deep religious faith, Jason Harrow has built a stable family and become a pillar of principle and patriotism. Then the phone rings, and his past is on the other end of the line. A woman with whom he once shared a life of violence and desire claims her daughter is missing—and Jason is the one man who can find her.
Returning to New York City from the Midwest, Jason finds himself entangled in a murderous conspiracy that bizarrely links his private passions to the turmoil of a world at war. Hunted by terrorists and the police, Jason has only hours to unravel an ex-lover’s lies and face the unbearable truth: In order to prevent a savage attack on his country, he’s going to have to risk his decency, his sanity—and his life.
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Some spoilers will of necessity follow: If you’ve ever watched the news and waited for the talking heads to tell it like it really is, and then fallen sleep frustrated, this book is for you. If you notice patterns in the events of the day, wondering why no one else has identified the same, then gotten lightheaded from the spin as your thoughts are swept away by the pivoting of intellectually dishonest media and weak-willed response from our nation’s leaders, you will enjoy this book. If you are a hard left wonk, you will not.
Klavan is an excellent writer, and here creates a novel of pacing, setting the scene carefully and then swinging it into motion until you can't wait to get to the next word. The background ideas involve the distortions of media, viewpoint, and experience, and tracing their consequences through. It challenges us to live for true things, and to be able to say them even to people who are terrified to hear the truth and who will shout us down for speaking it.
This book was terrific fun. A multi-faceted gem that works on so many different levels--satire, parody, comedy, drama, mystery, allegory, suspense. It's amazing that the author is able to bring so much to such a deceptively simple and gripping narrative. Though it's mostly the plot that propels you along, I found myself equally curious to discover the protagonist's--and the author's--ethical conclusions. This book is a complex, harrowing thriller, but it's also something even more rare and rewarding: a brilliant work of art. Kudos to Klavan!