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Review: The Boy Who Escaped Paradise

What do we make of a young amnesiac found at the scene of a grisly murder in a downscale New York apartment? The FBI — finding a fistful of fake passports and noting a pattern of mysterious symbols written in blood on the wall — assume the young man a spy. Possibly crazy.

If you’re interested in global thrillers, check out my review of J.M. Lee’s latest novel The Boy Who Escaped Paradise (Pegasus Books) in this weekend’s Toronto Star. It’s a fast-paced book that takes the reader literally around the world–from the labour camps of North Korea, to Shanghai, to Macau, Seoul, Mexico, and New York City.