The Warlord's Son

The Warlord's Son

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Skelly - a burned-out American foreign correspondent - is back on the beat. Post 9/11, trailing another messy divorce and too many children, he's been dropped into the smoky chaos of Peshawar after scarcely as much preparation as one might make for a weekend at the beach. And, as Skelly soon discovers, this posting is going to be no picnic. To survive the inflamed passions of Peshawar's swirling humanity he will need a 'fixer': a local man who knows the area and speaks English, a nimble, well-connected jack of all trades who can save his skin yet take him where the action is. And for every journalist in Peshawar, the real action is across the border in Afghanistan, where AlQaeda lurk and armed Taliban fighters still cling to power in their mountain strongholds. Skelly chooses Najeeb, the banished son of a tribal warlord. Soon they are driving dusty roads west in the shadowy wake of ex-Mujahedeen Mahmood Razaq, who, armed with dubious assurances of American backing, hopes to stake his claim as leader of the next regime. Skelly's quest for the scoop of a lifetime is no less grandiose. He is determined to track down the charismatic man the whole world is seeking. But it is Najeeb, torn by his own divided loyalties, who must find the way for both of them, in a land where a single misstep - and a single lapse of trust - can prove fatal.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 107 x 178 x 23mm | 240g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552153303
  • 9780552153300
  • 1,100,017

Review quote

"'A new book by Dan Fesperman is becoming a major literary event ... Fesperman's experience as a war correspondent, together with his powers of description and characterisation, produce an utterly compelling thriller and quite simply the best book I've read all year'" * Sunday Telegraph *show more

About Dan Fesperman

Dan Fesperman is a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and worked in its Berlin bureau during the years of the civil war in former Yugoslavia, as well as in Afghanistan during the recent conflict. His first novel, Lie in the Dark, won the CWA John Creasey Award for Best First Crime Novel in 1999. His second, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller in 2003. Both books are also published by Black Swan.show more

Back cover copy

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA STEEL DAGGER FOR THRILLER OF THE YEAR Dropping into the smoky chaos of Peshawar after 9/11, Skelly, a burned-out American foreign correspondent, discovers that to survive he will need a 'fixer': a local man who speaks English, knows the area and who can both save his skin and take him to the action. And for every journalist in Peshawar, the real action is across the border in Afghanistan. Skelly chooses the banished son of a tribal warlord, Najeeb, who is smart, connected - and tarnished. Soon they are driving into the mountains where fiercely territorial battles are still fought. But Skelly is not concerned with the small-scale brutality of such rivalries. His quest is for the scoop of a lifetime: tracking down the one man the whole world is seeking. And Najeeb, torn by divided loyalties, must find the way for both of them to survive in a land where a single misstep - or lapse of trust - can prove fatal...show more

Review Text

"'A new book by Dan Fesperman is becoming a major literary event ... Fesperman's experience as a war correspondent, together with his powers of description and characterisation, produce an utterly compelling thriller and quite simply the best book I've read all year'"show more

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228 ratings
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4 45% (103)
3 23% (52)
2 7% (17)
1 1% (2)
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