‘An all too plausible disaster for the world we live in. Great nail-biting stuff’ – Robert Goddard ‘The plot twists and turns like a python in a sack… Visceral, gritty and cinematic’ – The Times When your past comes calling, it’s time to disappear . . . 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. The perfect crime, it’s 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, in the Sunday Times bestselling novel from Terry Hayes.