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Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission — to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as Suleiman. Ferris's plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: He prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.

This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, and when it begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service — a man who might be an Arab version of John le Carre's celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him?

Review:

"Displaying his trademark expertise and writing skill, Washington Post columnist Ignatius (Agents of Innocence) has crafted one of the best post-9/11 spy thrillers yet. Subtly framing a highly elaborate plot, Ignatius tells the story of idealistic CIA agent Roger Ferris, newly stationed in Jordan after being wounded in Iraq. After a failed initiative to flush out a terrorist mastermind known as Suleiman, Ferris, who's dedicated to forestalling further al-Qaeda attacks, develops an intricate scheme modeled after a British plan used successfully against the Nazis. Ferris's plot to turn the terrorists against each other by sowing seeds of suspicion that their leaders are collaborating with the Americans puts his personal life in turmoil and threatens his professional relationship with the head of Jordanian intelligence. Few readers will anticipate the jaw-dropping conclusion, and the pairing of first-rate espionage suspense with fully developed characters should propel this onto the bestseller lists and possibly attract Hollywood interest. Author tour. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"David Ignatius must have one of those passports with extra visa pages in the middle. In the course of his new spy novel, 'Body of Lies,' the hero, CIA man Roger Ferris, travels to Berlin, Amman, Iraq, back to Langley, Rome, Geneva, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, the Jordan Valley, Ankara, Aleppo, Tripoli, Nicosia and Damascus. All of these locales are described in convincing detail, and the wealth of smells,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Many spy novelists are still adjusting to the post-9/11 world, but Mr. Ignatius has made the transition handily, no doubt aided by the fact that more than two decades ago he was already alive to the dangers brewing." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"[Ignatius] skillfully creates the sights and sounds and emotions of wartime Middle East, and its deceptions and desires, taking us on a tour from Jordan to Iraq to Germany to Turkey and Washington." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Ignatius falls into the same trap that snared so many of his predecessors, from Ian Fleming to even the hallowed John Le Carre: creating female characters and romantic relationships that trade on the most cartoonish of stereotypes." St. Petersburg Times

Review:

"The novel reads like an insider's narrative, which propels the clever and crafty yarn every step of the way." Providence Journal

Synopsis:

A tale of counterterrorism from an author who "ranks with Graham Greene in his knowledge of espionage and the human heart" ().

Synopsis:

The novel made into the major motion picture released October 2008, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe: "Clever [and] well-paced, Body of Liesis hard to put down."'"John Miller, Wall Street Journal

About the Author

David Ignatius, a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of several novels, including Agents of Innocence.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393065039
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Ignatius, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Terrorists
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070417
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 in 1.415 lb

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393065039 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Displaying his trademark expertise and writing skill, Washington Post columnist Ignatius (Agents of Innocence) has crafted one of the best post-9/11 spy thrillers yet. Subtly framing a highly elaborate plot, Ignatius tells the story of idealistic CIA agent Roger Ferris, newly stationed in Jordan after being wounded in Iraq. After a failed initiative to flush out a terrorist mastermind known as Suleiman, Ferris, who's dedicated to forestalling further al-Qaeda attacks, develops an intricate scheme modeled after a British plan used successfully against the Nazis. Ferris's plot to turn the terrorists against each other by sowing seeds of suspicion that their leaders are collaborating with the Americans puts his personal life in turmoil and threatens his professional relationship with the head of Jordanian intelligence. Few readers will anticipate the jaw-dropping conclusion, and the pairing of first-rate espionage suspense with fully developed characters should propel this onto the bestseller lists and possibly attract Hollywood interest. Author tour. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Many spy novelists are still adjusting to the post-9/11 world, but Mr. Ignatius has made the transition handily, no doubt aided by the fact that more than two decades ago he was already alive to the dangers brewing."
"Review" by , "[Ignatius] skillfully creates the sights and sounds and emotions of wartime Middle East, and its deceptions and desires, taking us on a tour from Jordan to Iraq to Germany to Turkey and Washington."
"Review" by , "Ignatius falls into the same trap that snared so many of his predecessors, from Ian Fleming to even the hallowed John Le Carre: creating female characters and romantic relationships that trade on the most cartoonish of stereotypes."
"Review" by , "The novel reads like an insider's narrative, which propels the clever and crafty yarn every step of the way."
"Synopsis" by , A tale of counterterrorism from an author who "ranks with Graham Greene in his knowledge of espionage and the human heart" ().
"Synopsis" by , The novel made into the major motion picture released October 2008, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe: "Clever [and] well-paced, Body of Liesis hard to put down."'"John Miller, Wall Street Journal
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