Chicago journalist Graff (Cold Lessons) takes a less-than-imaginative look at a dystopian near-future America in his second novel, a thriller. An unnamed George W. Bush is still president in what is in effect his third term; a series of terrorist attacks, somewhat improbably, has led to the suspension of much of the Constitution, including presidential elections. When Homeland Security agents arrest freelance photographer Jason Walker because he's been taking pictures of prominent Chicago buildings, Walker manages to convince his captors of his innocence. The naïve Walker agrees to use his Lebanese heritage to infiltrate a local Mideastern cultural center, but does so clumsily. The plot thickens after some Lebanese-Americans with uncertain motives recruit Walker as a double agent. While many thoughtful observers have wondered whether the war on terror will cost the U.S. its soul, Graff barely scratches the surface of the challenging ideas his intriguing conceit presents. (Nov.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
My Fellow Americansby Keir Graff
The United States in crisis - In the face of increasing terrorist attacks on his own soil, the president of the United States declares martial law and sits for a third term. His country simmers in suspicion and fear. In Chicago, Jason Walker, half Lebanese but thoroughly American, is detained, interrogated and tortured. In exchange for his freedom, he must turn spy
The United States in crisis - In the face of increasing terrorist attacks on his own soil, the president of the United States declares martial law and sits for a third term. His country simmers in suspicion and fear. In Chicago, Jason Walker, half Lebanese but thoroughly American, is detained, interrogated and tortured. In exchange for his freedom, he must turn spy for Homeland Security, but it soon becomes impossible to tell who are the good guys . . .
In the very near future, the U.S. president has invaded Iran, declared martial law at home, and is now serving a third term. Enter bumbling but earnest Jason Walker, a 38-year-old freelance editor and photography buff, who soon finds himself in deep water after taking photos of a building under construction. He's snatched off the street in Chicago, flown to a foreign country, and tortured by Homeland Security agents until he confesses to a crime he didn't commit-only to be told they believe his original story. But there's a catch. He's asked to infiltrate a Lebanese community center back home, some of whose members may be planning a terrorist attack. Before long, Jason is walking a fine line between his handler, who asks the seemingly impossible; his girlfriend, who entangles him in a protest movement; and his new Lebanese American friend, who wants him to act as a double agent in the name of patriotism and civil liberty. Can anyone be trusted? Graff, a Booklisteditor and author (Cold Lessons, under the pseudonym Michael McCulloch), has a light but sure hand. Jason's harrowing adventures, perfectly paced and leavened by touches of humor, are gripping from start to finish. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
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