THE MID­NIGHT HOUSE

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds - Re­view by Alex Gor­don

By Alex Beren­son (Hutchinson £12.99)

THE ten­drils of ter­ror that in­sid­i­ously thread their way from Iraq to Afghanistan and the bad­lands of Pak­istan, where the Tal­iban’s ul­ti­mate aim is to get their hands on nu­clear weapons, are ex­posed in a thriller torn from to­day’s head­lines. Beren­son was a cor­re­spon­dent in Iraq for the New York Times and he con­vinces you he knows the in­ner work­ings of the Amer­i­can se­cret ser­vices. With no holds barred we are taken into a CIA prison at a mil­i­tary base in Poland where planes fly in at dead of night with ter­ror sus­pects who have been snatched in ren­di­tion op­er­a­tions, to be ques­tioned us­ing phys­i­cal and mental tor­ture. The base, nick­named The Mid­night House, was used by a shad­owy black ops unit fol­low­ing the up­roar over the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scan­dal and was closed down in 2008. But the de­tails of two pris­on­ers who en­tered this hell hole have been mys­te­ri­ously erased from the records. Now mem­bers of the in­ter­ro­ga­tion team are be­ing mur­dered, and CIA trou­bleshooter John Wells is sent on the trail of the killer. The trou­ble for Wells is that he doesn’t know friend from foe. A first class thriller with an edgy link to re­al­ity.

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