The Bourne Identity Book

Among the most fascinating dramatic devices are the use of unknown identity, and the Bourne Identity book series has this in spades.  Smoke, a new novel written by Jeremy Chester uses it to great effect as well, but in an entirely different manner.  Everyone interested in the thriller and suspense genres knows of the Bourne Identity book trilogy, which begins with the protagonist’s body being discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, badly wounded, and Jason Bourne’s identity unknown until partially uncovered with some detective work.  The Bourne identity gradually emerges, one clue at a time, as the heat on Bourne himself gets turned up.

In this novel, the protagonist starts out in the Witness Security Program during the 1970s, shortly after it was originated at the United States Department of Justice, better known now as the Witness Protection Program.  He receives an anonymous letter saying simply, I know who you are.  He quickly learns that his handles within the Dept. of Justice are unaware of the threat, and for reasons of his own, this man decides to go it alone, and track down his antagonist by himself.

Another layer of identity confusion within this novel is that the protagonist was a foster child, never having knowledge of his biological parents.  This works both as a measured increase in the suspense as he struggles to find his enemy who claims to know his identity, but then the question arises, which identity?

Thus as in the Bourne Identity book, we have several things going on, all related to the question of identity:  the identities (at least two, and at one point three) of the protagonist, as well as the identity of the antagonist, a mystery to the final pages.

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