Graff, Keir. My Fellow Americans. Severn House. Dec 2007. 252p. ISBN: 978-0-7278-6522-9. $27.95. Fiction.

In the very near future, the U.S. President has invaded Iran, declared martial law at home, and is now serving a third term. Enter bumbling but earnest Jason Walker, a 38-year-old freelance editor and photography buff, who soon finds himself in deep water after taking photos of a building under construction. He’s snatched off the street in Chicago, flown to a foreign country, and tortured by Homeland Security agents until he confesses to a crime he didn’t commit–only to be told they believe his original story. But there’s a catch. He’s asked to infiltrate a Lebanese Community Center back home, some of whose members may be planning a terrorist attack. Before long, Jason is walking a fine line between his handler, who asks the seemingly impossible; his girlfriend, who entangles him in a protest movement; and his new Lebanese American friend, who wants him to act as a double agent in the name of patriotism and civil liberty. Can anyone be trusted? Graff, a Booklist editor and author (Cold Lessons, under the pseudonym Michael McCulloch), has a light but sure hand. Jason’s harrowing adventures, perfectly paced and leavened by touches of humor, are gripping from start to finish. Highly recommended for all public libraries.

Library Journal, 132, no. 18 (November 1, 2007), 59.

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