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Cover-ups and conspiracies abound in another Dan Fesperman novel inspired by recent world events, The Prisoner of Guantánamo. Set in and around the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, the story follows former Marine and current FBI interrogator Revere Falk, as he is called to investigate the possible murder of an American soldier stationed at Gitmo whose body washed ashore in Cuban territory.
Arabic-speaking interrogator Falk, frustrated with the situation at Gitmo ("too few detainees of real value, too many agencies tussling over the scraps"), is close to a breakthrough with one of his charges, a young Yemeni jihadist who may have invaluable information about al-Qaeda, when the corpse of an American soldier found on Cuban soil turns the base into a suspicion-charged powder keg. Falk's investigation leads him to some startling realizations -- and also puts him directly in the line of fire…
Readers interested in current world events -- and especially those who have enjoyed Fesperman's previous novels -- Lie in the Dark (which takes place in war-torn Bosnia) and The Warlord's Son (set in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11) -- will find satisfaction in this book, which is based on facts and insights obtained with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. According to the acknowledgments, the ACLU employed the Freedom of Information Act to pry loose hundreds of Camp Delta documents that the author used as research. Infused with paranoia, political posturing, and propaganda, this timely thriller is guaranteed to entertain -- and enrage. Paul Goat Allen