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Three months after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, news of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnapping and murder struck the world with the force of an aftershock. In Pakistan to pursue a story on international terrorism, Pearl left his seven-months-pregnant journalist wife in a Karachi apartment and set out on January 23, 2002, to interview a known Islamic militant named Sheikh Gilani. He never returned.
In this remarkable memoir, Mariane Pearl recalls the anguished five weeks between Danny's disappearance and his violent death at the hands of fundamentalist fanatics. With journalistic precision and great narrative power, she describes her seesawing emotions, as the global search she initiated careened daily between promising leads and frustrating dead ends, culminating tragically in the confirmation of Danny's "execution."
Between the lines of this heartbreaking story, the author provides a rare glimpse into the post-9/11 world of international journalism -- a treacherous sphere of "fixers" and informants, where reporters are only as safe as their contacts and where, despite every precaution, betrayals occur. We also meet the extraordinary investigative team that supported her throughout the ordeal -- a loyal cadre of friends and allies that included Danny's colleagues and a handful of compassionate Pakistani and American officials.
But the most powerful presence in the book is Daniel Pearl himself. Green-eyed, laughing Danny: lovable goofball and inveterate list maker, respected journalist and accomplished violinist, adoring husband and eager expectant father. In this, his widow's finely wrought and loving tribute, we come to know the gentle man and passionate peacemaker who left us far too soon. Anne Markowski