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Who killed Daniel Pearl?
Lévy, Bernard-Henri.
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Qui a tué Daniel Pearl. English
First edition.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : Melville House Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
xix, 454 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Qui a tué Daniel Pearl. Paris : Grasset, c2003.
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PN4874.P37 L4813 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN4874.P37 L4813 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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It was a horrible tragedy, but what if, hidden behind the story of the gruesome on-camera murder of journalist Daniel Pearl, was another, still darker story? What if the people who murdered him weren't actually fanatic followers of Osama bin Laden? What if he wasn't murdered u as was universally assumed u because he was Jewish and American? What if he was murdered because he was onto something? In a groundbreaking book that combines a novelist's eye with riveting investigative journalism, Bernard-Henri L vy, one of the world's most esteemed writers, retraces Pearl's final steps through a murky Islamic underworld, suffused by "an odor of the apocalypse." The investigation plunges L vy into his own heart of darkness u and a series of stunning revelations about who the real terrorists are.

Author Notes

Bernard-Henri Levy is France's leading philosopher and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe. He has also served on diplomatic missions for the French government -- most recently, to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. He first wrote about the region in 1971, as a war correspondent covering the conflict between India and Pakistan over Bangladesh
James X. Mitchell is a screenwriter and translator living in Paris

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Ostensibly an investigation into the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, this ends up being a much more ambitious account of the nefarious complicity of factions as varied as the Pakistan's ISI (the secret service), regional Islamist groups, a wealthy landowner, Pearl defendant Omar Sheikh and al-Qaida. It's a gripping read, as full of suspenseful twists as of bold and occasionally loose theories. At their root is Sheikh, the English-bred Pakistani radical who was convicted of masterminding the Pearl crime. But this conviction, in the author's fast-moving mind, is far from an open-and-shut case, and L?vy follows up his preliminary conclusion that "the affair contained a heavy and terrible secret." What that secret is grows and changes, but in the final analysis it comes down to Sheikh being an operative of both the ISI and al-Qaida and then taking the fall for both at the trial. Pearl, Levy argues, was killed not for who he was, but because of what he had discovered. The conclusions, however, are in a sense less important than the ride that gets us there. The author's moments of gonzo journalism are thrilling, as when he penetrates a forbidden madrasa (seminary) by posing as "a special representative of the French president." The earlier passages of the book, which take some literary license in describing what Pearl must have felt, is alone worth the price of admission. This book is a controversial bestseller in France, where Levy has long been a leading philosopher and writer. Here, interest in Pearl and the larger issues makes this both fascinating and essential, even if you don't quite buy it all, and a credit to the investigative reporter whose work it seeks to honor. (Sept. 3) Forecast: This could be a big book for a small press. The author is booked on the Today show and Fox and Friends, for interviews with New York magazine and the L.A. Times, and reviews are confirmed for several major newspapers. (For an intimate view of Pearl, his life and death, see review below of A Mighty Heart, by Mariane Pearl with Sarah Crichton.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Forewordp. XV
Part 1 Danny
Chapter 1 A Night in Karachip. 3
Chapter 2 House of Tormentp. 13
Chapter 3 A Mysterious Smilep. 23
Chapter 4 Mise a Mortp. 31
Chapter 5 With the Pearlsp. 45
Chapter 6 Danny's Facep. 57
Part 2 Omar
Chapter 1 In the Eye of the Assassinp. 77
Chapter 2 A Perfect Englishmanp. 87
Chapter 3 Why Bosnia?p. 103
Chapter 4 Return to Sarajevop. 117
Chapter 5 From one Portrait, Anotherp. 135
Chapter 6 Reconstitution of a Crimep. 155