Osama Lavie Ti dhar, 2011

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The set- up in Lavie Tid­har’s best book to date is de­cep­tively sim­ple: in a world where global ter­ror­ism doesn’t ex­ist, a pri­vate de­tec­tive, Joe, is hired to track down Mike Long­shott, the au­thor of books fea­tur­ing one Osama bin Laden, vig­i­lante. What fol­lows is an ex­plo­ration of the post- 9/ 11 con­scious­ness that fuses el­e­ments of film noir, al­ter­nate history and the air­port thriller to glo­ri­ous ef­fect. A World Fan­tasy Award win­ner so un­set­tling that of­ten- made com­par­isons with Philip K Dick don’t seem at all fan­ci­ful.

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