blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.
Can you commit the perfect crime?
Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation.
But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder – and Pilgrim wrote the book.
What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.
I read this at the end of 2013 and I am only writing a review now due to the fact I didn´t exactly know what to say about this book except this is possibly the best book of the year, wonderfully written, debut novel, full of character background, and loads of the stuff I love in a book. My only gripe would be that it is a little long, it could have been a tad shorter but this is a small complaint as the positives by far outweigh this. You only have to read or look at some of the other reviews to know that this is a great book. This is one of those book that you will need to find time to read as you won´t want to put it down, forget the family, work, housework, etc as this book will be in your hands until you finish it.
Give it a try if you love or even enjoy the odd thriller and I hope you won´t be disappointed. I will be looking forward to the second instalment and I hope it doesn´t take too long to arrive.