Set in the dark world of international espionage, from London to Mallorca, Croatia, Paris, and Cap Ferret: the story of a young woman who unwittingly becomes a perfect asset in the long overdue finale of a covert special op.
While Carpenter knows how to dish out the dread that a spy story needs, what makes Ilium intriguing are the characters ... This is the sort of moral ambiguity that seems to fascinate Carpenter, the way living a double life and every day making your cover, that critical and deeply embedded lie, feels real to everyone around you. It’s also what makes Ilium such an unexpectedly moving novel.
A work of dazzling eloquence and sensitivity. The prose demands that readers pay close attention — not because there are confusing leaps or twists, but because the slightest detail or gesture conveys so much information. The writing is controlled but not cold; on the contrary, Carpenter allows the narrator great sweeps of emotion that are some of the novel's finest passages.