An Afghan resistance fighter of the 1980s, once on the CIA payroll, has come back to haunt the agency. Kareem has become an enemy, a killer working closely with al-Qaeda and the Taliban, involved in drug trafficking and other crimes. He has arranged the murder of an American CIA agent in Pakistan, which may mean that an intricate, long-planned CIA operation to capture Osama bin Laden has been compromised.
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"His clipped prose style, descriptive discipline and tone-perfect dialogue elevate this thriller above the pack, though the central plot, ....ends with more of a whimper than a bang." - PW.
"MacKinnon inserts brief sections marking various milestones in the al-Qaeda operation, adding to a rising sense of sorrowful frustration that pays off in a gut punch of an ending hours before the hijackers take their seats." - Booklist.
" A nicely written thriller, and about as mercifully free of cliché as the genre will allow. " - Kirkus.
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