Just a few days after 9/11, author Lawrence Wright
was already searching for the right character to serve as the spine of his investigation into the horrific World Trade Center
bombings. “You can’t write about 3,000 deaths, but you can write about one,” he told me.
When he found John O’Neill’s obituary in The Washington Post, he felt a spooky familiarity. “The import of his life and death carries the story. This former FBI
agent, who was washed out of the FBI for taking classified information out of the office, wound up as head of security at the World Trade Center. This is the man who was supposed to get Bin Laden — and Bin Laden got him.”
Wright’s book contains weird echoes of “The Siege
,” a prophetic 1998 Ed Zwick thriller co-written by Wright that starred Denzel Washington
as the head of security at the World Trade Center; Tony Shalhoub