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Patrick AndersonIt is a tribute to Alex Carr's considerable skill as a novelist that I hugely enjoyed The Prince of Bagram Prison without having much of a clue as to what was going on. I knew that a lot of Americans are trying to find a Moroccan teenager named Jamal—some to save him, others to kill him—but I was never entirely sure why he was worth all the trouble. I kept reading anyway, quite happily, partly in hopes of solving the mystery but mostly because Carr writes so well. Her novel supports a no-doubt-unoriginal theory of mine: that the best art—from Hamlet to T.S. Eliot's "Waste Land" to certain Bob Dylan lyrics—is deeply mysterious. This book may not be in that league, but it's one of the more interesting spy novels we're likely to see this year.
—The Washington Post