The Day of the Jackal meets Homeland with a dash of Bourne - a debut thriller to take your breath away
'An all too plausible disaster for the world we live in. Great nail-biting stuff' - Robert Goddard
'The plot twists and turns like a python in a sack... Visceral, gritty and cinematic' - The Times
When your past comes calling, it's time to disappear . . .
Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation.
But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid.
Her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. The perfect crime, it's a textbook murder – and Pilgrim wrote the book.
What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion, in the Sunday Times bestselling novel from Terry Hayes.
“The best thriller I've read in ten years... An astonishing piece of work”
“THRILLER OF THE WEEK. Delivers thrills and spills...A full tilt mix of Homeland, The Wire and The Bourne Ultimatum”
Mail on Sunday
“I Am Pilgrim is a 21st century thriller: a high concept plot, but with finely drawn protagonists. The plot twists and turns like a python in a sack. The style is visceral, gritty and cinematic...A satisfying and ambitious book, written with skill and verve”
Adam LeBor, The Times
“Rendition yourself into a pulsating thriller that never lets up as it carries the hero and the reader on an ever more desperate race between time and an all too plausible disaster for the world we live in. Great nail-biting stuff!”
“The narrative is thrilling: the tension tightens with action...It's a murder mystery, an illuminating account of contemporary international politics and a study of an unusual man......An excellent thriller which as a first novel is really remarkable”
“I Am Pilgrim takes the modern spy novel and pushes it screaming and kicking into the twentieth-first century. With a stunning sense of plot, beautifully detailed writing, huge ambition and even huger talent, Hayes has produced one of the most memorable novels of recent times. This is a frightening, pulse-pounding journey into the future of terrorism and the brave new world we’ve been ushered into. Amazingly assured and complex, this is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read”
“Clever and compulsive - the best thriller in years”
Deidre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror
“Terry Hayes' I AM PILGRIM delivers smart, compelling and wildly inventive storytelling, told on an ambitious scale with total command. A masterful novel and a terrific read”
“Massive in many senses, but none more so than its ability to exert a vice-like grip on the reader....Destined to be spy thriller of the year”
“As relevant as today's headlines. A scary trip through the shadowy world of international espionage. Just hope that Pilgrim is on our side. Terrific. No, on second thoughts, better than terrific”
“THRILLER OF THE MONTH - If the gizmos and bad guys of James Bond and Jason Bourne are a guilty pleasure, you'll love I Am Pilgrim”
“Fast-paced, slick and full of suspense...It will be the only thriller you need to read this year”
“A rollicking, yet thoughtful spy thriller which looks set to become a summer blockbuster... [I Am Pilgrim] has plenty of action, but at its heart the drama is cerebral and rich in character, a battle of wills and intellect which is more George Smiley than Jason Bourne”
Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller
“[Terry Hayes’] debut novel has been hyped as "the only thriller you need to read this year", and for once that isn't nonsense. I Am Pilgrim makes moussaka of its rivals”
John O’Connell, Guardian
“I Am Pilgrim is going to be big”
“I Am Pilgrim is a satisfying and ambitious book, written with skill and verve”
“Worthy of the hype ****”
“I Am Pilgrim is a fresh new take on the genre...and it’s one you won’t regret picking up”
“[I Am Pilgrim] has been a fantastic read: a big, solid, chunky, fast-paced, rip-roaring thriller, the love child of a manic union between Jack Reacher and James Bond.”
“Mr. Hayes’s globe-trotting book has more kicks, twists and winks than anything of its dusty genre has provided in a long time. You will be happily surprised to find a new thriller franchise with brains to match its brawn”
Janet Maslin, New York Times
“Written in a heart-stopping pace, this literary thriller lands somewhere between Homeland and Breaking Bad and then transports you to a different level. It is part spy novel, part psychological thriller. Twists and turns. Emotionally complex characters. Relevant geopolitical issues.”
Monica Lewinsky, Wall Street Journal