The Good Son by Michael Gruber
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New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber, a member of "the elite ranks of those who can both chill the blood and challenge the mind" (The Denver Post), delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense

Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Sonia, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers' psyches and interpreting their dreams. With her knowledge of their language, her familiarity with their religion, and her Jungian training, Sonia confounds her captors with her insights and beliefs. Meanwhile, when the kidnappers decide to kill their captives, one by one, in retaliation for perceived crimes against their country, Theo races against the clock to try and save their lives.


About Michael Gruber

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New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber is the author of five acclaimed novels. He lives in Seattle.
Published May 6, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.. 399 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Gruber's rich details, thoughtful descriptions, and serpentine plot should appeal to enthusiasts of political novels, especially those who want to gain insight into Pakistani politics, its culture and sensibilities.

Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of The Good Son: A Novel

Dallas News

We all thought the American Taliban story was a good one when we first read about the privileged kid from Northern California who joined the terrorist army in Afghanistan.

May 16 2010 | Read Full Review of The Good Son: A Novel

Oregon Live

Sonia's moral ambiguities, combined with Theo's rare understanding of tribal culture and American greed, make for an unpredictable climax, one in which it isn't clear who is good and who is bad, only that some have managed to live another day.

Jun 05 2010 | Read Full Review of The Good Son: A Novel

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

This time he leaves behind themes of previous books – the diabolical intricacies of the art world (The Forgery of Venus), Shakespearean intrigue (The Book of Air and Shadows), Cuban Santeria (The Jimmy Paz trilogy) – to take on the intrigues of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Feb 13 2011 | Read Full Review of The Good Son: A Novel

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