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Jonathan FreedlandHarris evidently intends to wield this conceit for a higher purpose than mere satire. As the narrator uncovers Lang's collusion in the C.I.A.'s treatment of terrorist suspects, Harris takes aim at the supine nature of the current "special relationship" between Britain and the United States…Harris gets all this off his chest without smothering his storytelling. Even when he attacks extraordinary rendition and state-indulged torture, he maintains a taut, clear narrative line. The plot is unfussy and perhaps too linear for those thriller readers fond of pyrotechnics, but it unfolds with clarity and panache—and with a classy twist on the very last page. Unusually for the genre, the novel is also nicely lubricated with humor.
—The New York Times