Mystery Monday – The Mirage Man


Often, the best mysteries aren’t found in the pages of a thriller novel, but in real life. I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show this morning on NPR and her guest was David Willman, who wrote The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War. In the book, Willman, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, reveals the truth behind the hunt for the anthrax killer in the days that followed the September 11th attacks. If you remember, letters were sent to media and political figures in New York, Florida, and Washington D.C. that ultimately killed five people and infected seventeen others.

During a severely botched investigation where the lust for a scapegoat superseded the need for the truth, a scientist specializing in biowarfare preparedness, Steven Hatfill, had his life ripped apart by media stakeouts and op-ed-page witch hunts. The case also becomes one of the rallying points that helped launch the Iraq War. In the end, a trail of scientific and circumstantial evidence leads investigators to a scientist names Bruce Ivins, who, ironically, helped the FBI to learn the science behind the attacks. The Mirage Man shows how Ivins that was actually responsible for the attacks and how he was able to hide a sinister secret life from his friends and family for years.

If you pick it up, we’d all love to hear your review of what promises to be one heck of a gripping mystery!


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

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2 Responses

  1. I heard that interview this morning and it was infuriating that the FBI focused on the one person and didn’t even pay attention for two years to the scientist who fingered the actual perpetrator. Shows the single-mindedness of the investigators. Good segment. Thanks for talking about it. Good basis for a thriller.

    • I agree, a great basis for a thriller. Could even be a sort of different thriller with an FBI agent who finally admits his mistake many years later and after he retires, goes after the right person…

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