This investigative-narrative series follows the story of James Yee, a Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo who was charged with espionage.
It’s a well-written and well-structured piece, an illuminating account with a clear narrative arc, and a good model for ambitious reconstructions. Still, it’s narrative told from a distance: We believe the piece would have been even more compelling if Rivera had provided more closely told scenes, with dialogue and sensory and concrete detail. Rivera worked hard for the narrative detail he does provide.
Read “Suspicion in the Ranks,” by Ray Rivera