Publisher: Piper's Head
"Cornelius Maknazpy, a Polish-American Rambo tormented by his experiences in Iraq, and especially by an incident in which his closest friend went insane, is approached by an untrustworthy acquaintance to investigate a property scam in Turkey. Things just get more complicated from there, particularly as virtually nothing in the preceding sentence turns out to be true. It's a tribute to the author's abilities that his book can demolish both its hero's illusions and its readers' expectations (psychological, national or parental) without ever seeming contrived, manipulative or politically correct. The story also displays a commendable ruthlessness: unlike many thrillers, this one treats the death of innocents as considerably more than a plot motor, and we are never allowed to forget that being injured hurts (Con is tough, but he never degenerates into a superhero) and that redemption comes a ...