Rediscover: The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan
In Richard Flanagan's 2006 thriller The Unknown Terrorist, the life of 26-year-old stripper and pole dancer Gina Davies is upended after she has a one-night stand with a man later implicated in a terrorist plot. Davies, who is also referred to throughout the novel as "the Doll," suddenly finds herself at the center of a police manhunt and an hysterical media frenzy. As the details of her job, her family and her past life are dissected on national television and the police close in, Davies works frantically to elude capture and clear her name. Set in Sydney, Australia, The Unknown Terrorist is a captivating thriller of the post-9/11 era. And despite being nearly 10 years old, everything it says about the surveillance state, national security and privacy in the digital age is just as relevant today as it was then. The Unknown Terrorist is available in paperback from Grove Press ($14, 9780802143549).