'In this land of chaos and despair, all I can do is wish for magic armour and the power to disappear.' Freetown, Sierra Leone. A city of heat and dirt, of guns and militia. Alone in its crowded streets, Captain Roland Nair has been given a single assignment. He must find Michael Adriko - maverick, warrior, and the man who has saved Nair's life three times and risked it many more. The two men have schemed, fought and profited together in the most hostile regions of the world. But on this new level - espionage, state secrets, treason - their loyalties will be tested to the limit. This is a brutal journey through a land abandoned by the future - a journey that will lead them to meet themselves not in a new light, but in a new darkness.
"This high-suspense tale offer a more convincing portrait of amoral intelligence agents and the havoc they wreak than almost any journalistic account of Third World skullduggery" Washington Post Sunday
Denis Johnson, geboren 1949 in München als Sohn eines amerikanischen Offiziers, gilt nach einigen Romanen und einer legendären Short-Story-Sammlung als einer der wichtigsten Autoren der amerikanischen Gegenwart. 2007 erhielt Denis Johnson den National Book Award. Er lebt in Idaho/USA.