I Am Pilgrim

I Am Pilgrim

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I Am Pilgrim
One of the best.
One of the best thrillers I’ve ever read – and a book I’m absolutely convinced will slowly take the world by storm. Everyone I’ve pushed this book on (and ... READ MORE
Joseph Knobbs
I Am Pilgrim
Violent worldwide odyssey
This book looks set to be a well deserved hit. It is perfect for fans of Ludlum, Len Deighton, Andy McNab or TV's Homeland. Other reviewers have pretty muc... READ MORE
Thomas Whines
I Am Pilgrim
Invest the time and reap the rewards!
Readers may be forgiven for thinking, on a basis of the first couple of chapters alone, that this is a crime novel – and indeed it is catagorised as such –... READ MORE
Aimee Albert at Colchester High St
I Am Pilgrim
An Unputdownable Read
Once in a while a book comes along that takes you on a journey. It sweeps you out to sea, chews you up, spits you out and all of a sudden you emerge five d... READ MORE
Pamela Koehne Drube at Cardiff
I Am Pilgrim
Incredible debut
I am worried for the sanity of the author; for anyone to come up with the complexity and precision that is contained in this novel, as well as making it su... READ MORE
Nicki Golding at bluewater


Can you commit the perfect crime? 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.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552160964
  • Number of pages: 912
  • Weight: 608g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 38 mm

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I Am Pilgrim
5 stars!!!!!
This was recommended by a friend. If you enjoy crime / thriller books then this needs to be on your to be read pile. I had not heard much about this boo... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
I Am Pilgrim
One of the best thrillers I have read in years. Believable, great sub-plots, well researched, excellent detail, and I am writing this review at 4:00 a.m. h... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Attention-Grabbing Page-Turner
This book caught and kept my attention from the first chapter onwards. It's a big book but an easy read with non-stop interest, twists and turns and plenty... READ MORE
Patricia Forbes
I Am Pilgrim
Fast paced read
Terry Hayes, the author of 'I Am Pilgrim', comes with good credentials. He has a background in Hollywood films, such as writing the screenplay 'Dead Calm' ... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
When I first picked up this book , I really thought it would be something interesting and full of action. The author didn`t disappoint in some aspects. The... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Outstanding - make sure you read it
This is an incredible book, one of the best I have read. It moves at a fantastic pace, has a brilliantly detailed plot, has lots of twists and turns and re... READ MORE
Jo Kirk
I Am Pilgrim
Roller coaster thriller
This book is about a covert agent who is persuaded out of retirement to save America from a bio-terrorist plot, whilst investigating a "perfect" murder in ... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
absolutely brilliant from the very first page.
I dreaded reading this book due to the sheer size, but was completely fixed from page 1. One of the best books I have read recently. Didn't want to put i... READ MORE
Mary Wells
I Am Pilgrim
Great read
The story starts with the main character at a perfect crime scene in New York and since he wrote the book on perfect crimes a good place for him to be. Thi... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Pacey but flawed
Interesting story line and well paced but I found the character unlikable which when the book is told entirely in the first person for 800 pages isn't grea... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Wow! Just Wow!!!
Wow! It’s not often I open a book review like that but this book deserves it and the hype it’s had up to its release. This is a truly magnificent debut ef... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Fast Paced Thiller for today
A complex web of people and places trying to track a leathal dose of virus being used for a terror attack; this fast paced thriller is a enjoying read, wit... READ MORE
John Weston
I Am Pilgrim
The ultimate crime
Pilgrim has been involved in the deepest, most secret force in America, and now, as a person, he no longer exists. He just goes by his code name, but befor... READ MORE
Anne Watkinson
I Am Pilgrim
Thanks Radio 2
I read this purely because of the end of year reviews on Radio 2 Simon Mayo's bookclub. It's the type of book I'd expect to see on my boyfriend's bedside t... READ MORE
Queen Tup
I Am Pilgrim
Brilliantly written
This is a very long book and it does take some time to read, however it is definitely worth it. I found that I had to keep myself very focused in on the bo... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Pacey and Punchy
"I am Pilgrim" starts out like a film noir detective story, then quickly becoming a classic spy novel, before Hayes brings it right up to date with the Ame... READ MORE
Steph Moore
I Am Pilgrim
Some people are not always who they seem to be.
After a rather gruesome and confusing start, I am pilgrim suddenly became very exciting, as a race against time began. What seemed at the start of the book... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Chillingly Credible
This is a massive book of over 700 pages and from the outside looks like a mighty tome what you get is a book that is an absolute pleasure to read. It is e... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Intelligent and thought-provoking, 'I am Pilgrim' is an intricate thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the final pages. Thro... READ MORE
Samantha Thomason
I Am Pilgrim
Review: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Published on 10th April by Random House - thank you to the author, publisher and netgalley team for the advance reading copy I received.

The synop... READ MORE
Claire Hill
I Am Pilgrim
I Am Pilgrim is a clever book which will definitely get you thinking about the world in which we live in. At 700 pages long, I kept thinking 'how much more... READ MORE
Katharine D
I Am Pilgrim
International thrills and spills...
I Am Pilgrim is without a doubt an extraordinary take on the contemporary thriller and running to 700 pages a remarkable interweaving of the lives of two m... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
I am pilgrim
Excellent read... Pilgrim doesn't know every trick in the book he wrote the book. This book has everything murder, terrorism, gangsters, spies all blended ... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Wow - if you like thrillers - must read
I don't read books in general - tv is my thing - but after reading this - accidentally purchasing it for a long plane flight while at Malaga airport for my... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Interwoven crime wizardry
What a fabulous and captivating read. At first it seems rather disjointed and unrelatable, but if you are patient and just push on that is when the magic h... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Impeccably plotted thriller.
Many of my thoughts on this novel have been covered by the other reviewers so I won't dwell on them. I will add, though, that the ending is a wonderful twi... READ MORE
Nocturnal bibliophile
I Am Pilgrim
"I Am Pilgrim" is a long but not particularly complicated story which starts out looking like a traditional whodunnit murder mystery then ends up becoming ... READ MORE
I Am Pilgrim
Best ever
Everyone in our family rated this as one of the best novels ever!
I Am Pilgrim
Book Of the Year
One of those books I will keep in my mind forever, couldn’t put it down.
Abigail Sims
I Am Pilgrim
An Easy 5 Stars!
Despite its somewhat daunting size and pre-empting a lengthy read, I flew through this novel and read it for a 2nd time straight after to make sure I hadn’... READ MORE
JP Creer
I Am Pilgrim
One of the best books I've read
I finished this book in under 2 weeks as I just couldn't put it down. It had me hooked from the very beginning and I was sad when I completed the story. I ... READ MORE
Tasha Hayes
I Am Pilgrim
margaret clayton
I Am Pilgrim
Absolutely in love with this book! So clever and completely gripping, I felt like I'd been reading it for no time and forever all at once in the best way. ... READ MORE
Hannah Lessiter
I Am Pilgrim
must read
amazing read - gripped from start to finish
Anna Cross
I Am Pilgrim
I was getting quite bored of thrillers. This, however, floated my boat. Read it - you will not be disappointed.
Grev Lushington
I Am Pilgrim
What a book!!!
Bit different to my normal read,but wow what a book, had me on the edge of my seat. A fantastic read
patricia kerrigan