Hitchens on Assassinations of The Turquoise Palace and recent allegations against Iran
What critics say:
". . . Carefully researched and vividly written . . . In addition to being a lively account of an extraordinary trial, Roya Hakakian's book can be read as an unsettling reminder of the dangers of excessive zeal."
~The New York Times Sunday Book Review ** Editors' Choice **
“[A] riveting account of a multiple murder and trial that led to a paradigm shift in Europe’s relations with post-revolutionary Iran…. Hakakian… deploys all of her talents as a former producer at 60 Minutes and a poet in her native Farsi to tell the human and political story behind the news… A nonfiction political thriller of the highest order.”
~ Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)
“This is a brilliant, riveting book, with all the elements of a great thriller—a horrific crime, sociopathic villains, international intrigue, personal betrayals, a noble prosecutor and an honorable judge. And it is all too real: with remarkably comprehensive reporting and brisk, smart writing, Roya Hakakian has told a great story but, more important, she has made plain the lethal immorality at the heart of Iran's regime”
~ Joe Klein, Time Magazine
“As the world contemplates the pressing predicament of Iran, Roya Hakakian offers one possible solution through a riveting tale that is most timely and profoundly urgent. This superb true story is much more than an international In Cold Blood— it is a stunning parable of the central struggle of our times between totalitarianism and the rule of law.”
~ R. James Woolsey, Director of the CIA 1992-1994
“Roya Hakakian is something rare: a poet turned investigative reporter. The outcome of this unusual fusion is a work of journalistic revelation, written so fluidly and gorgeously, it is a masterpiece.”
~ Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes
Excerpt detailing the initial Mykonos assassinations and trial.