The protagonist is every bit as compelling -- a thrill-seeking, drug-stoked, muckraking journalist. The story is every bit as complex, though the only mystery that needs to be solved is what drives the man called "MM" to do all the crazy things he does.
I am virtually acquanted with an amazing photojournalist that goes by initials "MM". He assures me that none of these things are true. Both books reviewed look like fun, especially for a long flight.