Hayes, Terry: “I Am Pilgrim”.

After watching Dublin effortlessly dispatch Monaghan in the quarter-final of the All Ireland Championship with my parents last weekend, we got to chatting over some tasty food that my Mother had prepared. I mentioned that I was reading a book that I thought Pop would absolutely love. Just as I was beginning to wax lyrical about “I Am Pilgrim”, he instantly recognised it. Silly me, it was he who had recommended it to me in the first place! Which got me thinking about how I need to start jotting down how each book gets on my list and not just scribble the author and title into my Evernote App. In fact, the entire process through which I filter books onto my reading list has become increasingly important. With so little time to get through everything, I need to ensure that my system is fit for purpose. Pop remarked how he had already pre-ordered Hayes’s “The Year Of The Locust: A Thriller” on his Kindle.

Being a straight up thriller, Hayes’s 2014 “I Am Pilgrim” will not change the world. Taken on its merits, it was wonderful. The central character Pilgrim was one of the great action heroes. Roll Bruce Wayne, Jason Bourne and The Count of Monte Cristo (another book that Pop had advised) into one person and you are in the rough vicinity. Mysterious, intelligent and street-smart. The language was gritty and realistic, redolent of that in a Pelecanos novel. Pilgrim: “In the world in which I dealt there were no appeals and no last-minute stays of execution”.

Despite being a long read, no chapter or page was superfluous. The pace at which Hayes moved the story along was perfect, from the mysterious murder of a drugged-up woman in a dingy motel, it never once let up. If you have a reading list, get this on there. If you do not, get to a library or book shop as soon as you can. This one is not to be missed. I have just added “The Year Of The Locust” onto my reading list…



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