Tinker, Tailor, CSI like Spy

I Am PilgrimI Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At about 700 pages it sure is a humdinger of a thriller with a political flavour to it.
The first few chapters were really good. the crime scene scenario description was intricate and eerily precise. In fact throughout the book the screenwriter in the author is very evident. The locations and settings are so specific and vivid that the only thing missing is someone with a camera calling action or cut. At times I thought it was to the detriment of the actual storytelling because now and again it was a little drawn out.
The setting is like a classic Bond. You have the ultimate villain bent on destroying the US and his counterpart the covert spy. Mixing in themes such as the terrorism threat and Islam fanatics that are a part of our era gives the story an edge that people can relate to.
The terrorist threat described in this book is very realistic, to the point of Hayes obviously knows how to think like a criminal. Not sure if that is a compliment or not, but that aspect of his creativity is also evident in his depiction of crime scenes. Very meticulous and with a painstaking eye to each element.
Overall I think it could have done with less description and length. It would still have been a good read.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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