Book of the Month: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

9781439177723Can 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.

When I was first given a copy of this book I felt there was no way I was going to make a commitment to a 760 page blockbuster as I normally prefer the 400 page fast fiction that fills our shelves. 100 pages into the book and I was already concerned that it just wasn’t going to be long enough and certainly at page 700, I was enjoying every page and wishing there were another 700 left. It a big statement to say the best book I’ve ever read, however I will say that I have never read a book that I enjoyed more.

-Steve, QBD Director


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