One of the best books I've read in a long time. Seriously good, and so much more than a thriller. The thriller plot is fantastic and keeps you guessing; the pace is perfect, switching from present immediate peril to what led up to the character's predicament flawlessly. But the thriller part of the book is just that - only the tip of the iceberg, just part of the story. The rest is filled with thought provoking prose dealing with what makes people tick. Philosophy and psychology are intertwined as the protagonist tries to figure out how his life went awry and what he can do to fix it. I loved the therapy sessions almost more than the thriller part of the story. Set in one of my favorite places - New Zealand - which was a bonus - the author includes glimpses into Kiwi and Maori culture. I don't have enough words of praise. Just superb. I am buying his other book right now.
Oh, and don't skip the end notes - I agree with Mr. Bell, Firefly should NEVER have been cancelled!