It took me a while, Dad. Sorry - you were right. The book was better!
Body Of Lies, by David Ignatius, follows Roger Ferris' journeys, both professional and personal, as he tries to make things right for America by tracking down and capturing a major league terrorist by the name of Suleiman. The book, while maybe a bit slow to start, picks up steam as we follow Roger's struggles with his work and his life, and the people that move in and out of it.
There are several relationships that play major roles in the novel - those between Roger and Ed Hoffman, his boss, Roger and his women - ex-wife Gretchen and new love Alice, and Roger and his Jordanian partners, namely, Hani. So, while mostly about terrorism, suspense and action-packed sequences, I would think the major theme of the book is more about self-discovery. Is Roger living the life he wanted? Are the people that surround him supportive or destructive? How long can you live a lie? Are you willing to die for your beliefs? Another person?
This was a great break from my non-fiction bender, and is perfect for a beach or airport read. Definitely not chick lit, but chick lit lovers might find it palatable.