French celebrity BHL's book commanded huge publicity and review attention on first hardcover publication and is now re-launched in paperback It is one of the most ghastly images of our time: the on-camera murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
But to acclaimed writer Bernard-Henri Levy the videotape was immediately suspect.
Why did it still include a ransom demand - for F-16 fighters to be delivered to Pakistan?
Were the kidnappers really just maniacal fundamentalists who killed Pearl because he was American and Jewish?
Operating via a series of ruses - such as using his expired diplomatic passport - Levy set off to trace Pearl's final steps...and those of his killer.
The result is a spell-binding book that combines a novelist's eye with riveting investigative journalism, as Levy travels the globe for the terrifying true story: to Los Angeles to talk to Pearl's family about his final, encrypted words; to England and Bosnia on the trail of the plot's mastermind; to Dubai, on the terrorist's money trail; to New Delhi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and, most perilously, to Karachi.
In this city, terrorists cross paths with nuclear scientists and the dreaded "services" and long-
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/10/2004
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9780715633229