I am Pilgrim, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780552160964



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A true pager-turner. Labyrinthine, plausible and pacy. A thriller in every sense of the word, written by someone who really, really knows how to tell a story, Highly recommended.

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This is probably one of the best thrillers yet. It would make a great movie. It is about 600 pages and somehow you never hit a slow spot or lose interest. If you like the Bourne books, you will love this one.

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A long, protracted thriller, that unfortunately does fall into some of the same traps as it's contemporaries. The premise of an Apocolyptic attack on the USA & it's build up has shades of the superior Day Of The Jackal. Unfortunately the lone wolf depiction, difficult to empathise with hero, makes this somewhat difficult to relate to. The murder mystery plot is thrown in, & whilst linked, seems more to want to justify the heroism of the New York cop who survived 9/11 with grave psychological injury. Overall, it achieves its purpose, it is a Thriller, it does get you to read on, it's definitely a page turner, but it just goes on far, far too long.

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