Book Review: I Am Pilgrim

I Am PilgrimI Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

The blurb: 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.

My review: What to say? Absolutely brilliant! This is in my top five reads of 2013!

I Am Pilgrim is essentially the story of two men – each man if having been presented with different circumstances may have turned out completely different – they both have shades of light and dark in their characters. Which is just one of the many reasons that this book is so compelling.

Terry Hayes knows how to tell a good story, filmic in it’s descriptions and scenes you cannot help but feel compelled to finish this book. Along with Jack Bauer and 24 in their day, the book takes on an inevitable feel, a rush to a conclusion that will either be catastrophic or heroic.

You may feel as I did, at the beginning of the book that certain elements have no bearing on the plot but wait, there is a masterful scene at the end where everything, every last little detail becomes startlingly clear! It’s a master stroke!

I am recommending this book to everyone I know – it’s simply brilliant!

10 out 10 stars! **********

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