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


CIA soldier Roger Ferris 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 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. 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. But can Ferris trust him?
 

About David Ignatius

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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 lives in Washington, DC.
 
Published April 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics, War, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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From Washington Post columnist Ignatius (The Sun King, 1999, etc.), one of the new breed of post-9/11 thrillers, involving Middle East foreign policy, political intrigue, convoluted intelligence operations and the ubiquitous CIA.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Body of Lies: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

she prefers the Lebanese crooner Fairuz, who sings ''of the distantly remembered pleasures of Arab village life.'' Under Alice's influence, Ferris' patriotic resolve erodes, and when her philanthropic work collides with his plans for busting Suleiman, he's forced to make hard choices.

Apr 06 2007 | Read Full Review of Body of Lies: A Novel

The Bookbag

Summary: An unevenly paced story that mixes a fascinating idea and some complicated and exciting plot twists with some very slow-paced emotional sub plots that didn't seem to add much to the character building or the story.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Body of Lies: A Novel

The Sydney Morning Herald

Hoffman does most of his business - often fatal business - on the phone but he's no desk jockey.

Oct 10 2008 | Read Full Review of Body of Lies: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

Miller Washington Post 3.5 of 5 Stars "At times, Ignatius seems almost embarrassed that his villain is an actual Arab terrorist (albeit one with a high IQ and a warped sense of morality), but he needn’t be: His portrayal of the Arab world is sensitive, and no one is going to confuse David Ig...

Aug 03 2007 | Read Full Review of Body of Lies: A Novel

Monsters and Critics

Along with Crowe and DiCaprio, the film features solid performances from Mark Strong (RocknRolla), and Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani – who plays DiCaprio’s love interest and provides viewers with a look at the cultural world where the film is set.

Feb 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Body of Lies: A Novel

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Spirituality & Practice

Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a CIA operative who works in several Middle East countries tracking down terrorists.

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