David Ignatius

Body of Lies Publication date : June 7, 2007

Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's agents in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and a mission — to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as Suleiman. Ferris's plan is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he invents an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have recruited an agent within the enemy's ranks. This scheme binds Ferris in a web of lies, masquerades, reversals, doubles and legends. When it all begins to unravel, Ferris's only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service. But can Ferris trust him? Who is deceiving whom? Who is pulling the strings? A master of deception in the John Le Carré tradition, Ignatius gives us the desperate psychology of Graham Greene, the perversity of Eric Ambler, the implacable plots of Robert Littel, and the energy of American films. He has invented the new spy thriller in the age of al-Qaeda. Film rights for Body of Lies have already been purchased by Warner Bros. The film will be directed by Ridley Scott, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Roger Ferris. The book was published in the United States in April 2007, only two months before the French edition. David Ignatius, a columnist for the Washington Post and the author of several highly praised thrillers, covered the Middle East and the CIA for many years as a reporter and a war correspondent. He served as executive editor of the Paris edition of The International Herald Tribune, from 2000 to 2003, and speaks French fluently. Several of his books have been translated into French including SIRO (Nom de code SIRO), The Bank of Fear (La Banque de la peur) and The Sun King (Le Magnat).