In Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, love and friendship are as uncertain as the shifting battle lines of the civil war. Lee McGuinness, a trauma surgeon on a humanitarian mission, is also on a personal quest: to find her companion-in-arms, Martin Carrigan, who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. In search of someone — and something — to believe in, Lee must navigate a wilderness of mirrors in which greed, lies, and brutality are found among allies and enemies alike. In the tradition of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, Leslie Cockburn has written a haunting novel of intrigue and romance set in a deadly world of deception.
April 22, 2018
"Fearless and artful, with a Renaissance painter's eye for detail, Leslie Cockburn regales us with the most provoking political thriller to have come out of the Iraq war and its aftermath. The vices and virtues of humanity in a war-torn, dismantled society practically jump from the pages to immerse us in an unforgettable story. A great read."
"Leslie Cockburn's stunning debut novel, Baghdad Solitaire, is a thriller that resonates with authenticity and truth, a book that could only have been written by one who had actually lived on the razor’s edge of death."
"Rife with intrigue, corruption and cover-up, Baghdad Solitaire is so utterly believable you'll wonder if the events she describes didn't actually happen. Leslie Cockburn takes us on an unforgettable journey into a modern-day Heart of Darkness. This is suspense of the highest order."