The Prisoner of Guantanamo

The Prisoner of Guantanamo

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Dan Fesperman's award-winning novels have transported readers to the heart of some of the world's most volatile places: Yugoslavia during the Balkan Wars in Lie in the Dark and The Small Boat of Great Sorrows (A new standard for war-based thrillers--Los Angeles Times), and Afghanistan during the last days of the Taliban in The Warlord's Son (A first-rate geopolitical yarn--Entertainment Weekly). Now he turns his sights closer to home--to the secretive, overheated world of Guantanamo--to give us a galvanizing new thriller. Revere Falk--FBI veteran, Arabic speaker--is an interrogator at Gitmo, assigned to a hold-out, a Yemeni prisoner who may have valuable information about al-Qaeda. But these duties are temporarily suspended when the body of an American soldier is found washed ashore in Cuban territory. No American has ever turned up dead on the wrong side of the fence before. Suddenly, Cold War tension is back, and Falk finds himself at the heart of it when he's put in charge of the investigation into the death. Almost immediately he senses an unusual level of interest in the proceedings: from his commander, from the Cubans, and from the various factions of the military. And when the Defense Intelligence Agency unexpectedly sends its own team to reinforce the investigation, Falk understands that there is much more at play than anybody is willing to admit. He is drawn into a game of evasion and pursuit, a game whose stakes spike dangerously when a figure from his past reappears--someone who knows secrets about him that he had hoped were buried forever. An intricately layered, blistering tale of subterfuge and deception at the highest, most hidden levels ofthe government, and in the most intimate, and vulnerable, moments of individual lives, The Prisoner of Guantanamo is as timely and razor sharp in its depiction of life--and death--at Gitmo as it is unstoppably suspenseful.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
ISBN: 9781400044665
1400044669
Characteristics: 323 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm.

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Sep 12, 2011

The uniformly high rating for this book is not surprising. It's original and well-researched, blending action, suspense, and character development. The characters are believable, not the larger-than-life super-heroes and super-villains that populate so many modern novels. It's an unusual blend of a crime mystery and spy story.

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