George Young is a devoted family man and a Gulf War veteran. After a hometown business venture flops, George accepts work overseas as a contracted civilian interrogator for the U.S. government at Omega, a secret holding facility for suspected terrorists. The work pays well, but his personal life is crumbling. His wife, with whom he is forbidden to talk about his work, is becoming more and more enamored of gin and tonic. Worse, during a "routine" interrogation, a detainee dies in George's hands. Frightened and confused, the detainee repeatedly asks, "Who are you?" just before dying. These words echo throughout the novel and send George on a painful journey of self-interrogation and discovery. In order to defend his country and his family, must George betray his humanity?
"By placing this familiar theme in a new (and very timely) setting, Holdefer gives us additional layers of emotional depth....A compelling mix of thriller, psychodrama, and, yes, political commentary." (Booklist)
"Portray[s] with excruciating, chilling effect the actions of men operating in extreme circumstances when the usual rules of war are absent." (Library Journal)
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An allegory for our times
- R M Rives