Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted
son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret
espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into
anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic
criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him.
It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will
take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman
is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth
missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder – and
Pilgrim wrote the book. What begins as an unusual and challenging
investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save
America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a
public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast
via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the
Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an
appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.