THE MIDNIGHT HOUSE
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.