Khan Uzma stroked his beard. “The third way is to have him do something he would never have thought himself capable of doing – something abhorrent. It must destroy the way he thinks about himself. And, in this moment of change, when the old self has been destroyed, one reaches in and grasps the naked soul.”
Thus begins the descent of Dr. Elial Kirsch, from a sunny New England hospital to the dark tribal north of Pakistan. In probing a mysterious death, Elial stumbles on a deadly conspiracy. Victim of Excellence unfolds in the wake of the Soviet-Afghan war and the rise of the Taliban. Featuring the diabolical ideologue Khan Uzma, the corrupt General Aziz, and an American billionaire, Elial must reconcile his own past if he stands any chance of saving himself and his colleague, Dr. Katie Darling.
Part medical mystery, part love-story, Victim of Excellence is the gripping story of the formidable odds facing Elial as he clings to his old-world beliefs of good and evil.