David Wolfe is an ambitious former homicide prosecutor who is planning to run for Congress. A political dinner for the Israeli Prime Minister is hosted by his current girlfriend, Carole Shorr, a liberal supporter of both the Palestinian and Israeli causes. But when David receives a call from Hana Ashawi, a Palestinian woman who was David's classmate at Harvard Law School, he is rattled. Hana was more than a peer - she was his lover. When, furthermore, the Israeli Prime Minister is assassinated, apparently by Hana's partner, ...
David Wolfe is an ambitious former homicide prosecutor who is planning to run for Congress. A political dinner for the Israeli Prime Minister is hosted by his current girlfriend, Carole Shorr, a liberal supporter of both the Palestinian and Israeli causes. But when David receives a call from Hana Ashawi, a Palestinian woman who was David's classmate at Harvard Law School, he is rattled. Hana was more than a peer - she was his lover. When, furthermore, the Israeli Prime Minister is assassinated, apparently by Hana's partner, David finds himself thrown into a situation with enormous global, political and emotional implications. 'An astonishing book, ahugely entertaining human drama that also offers remarkable insight into the lethal conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Richard North Patterson has outdone himself - Exile is his best novel yet.' BILL CLINTON 'If you like political thrillers with a legal dimension this is a fine example of the genre: a strong story about a real dilemma with colourful characters' Daily Mail 'Every now and then - but a lot more rarely than that implies - you come across a thriller so important that it absolutely demands to be read. This is one...' The Times
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Love in the time of conflict (Palestinian-Israeli)
This is a story of the relationship between David,a Jewish-American lawyer, and Hana,a Palestinian Arab woman, also trained as a lawyer. The background of the story is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The background story brings out the fundamental issue of the Palestinian desire of "right-to-return". This book is an example of existentialism with the defining incident being the affair between David and Hana during the law school years. In the course of the story,David gives up all his well-ordered and planned life,as well as the friendship and respect of the San Francisco Jewish community, to defend Hana,who is accused of complicity in the assassination the Israeli Prime Minister during his visit to San Francisco.
Apr 24, 2008
THIS BOOK WAS AN EXCELLENT READ. THE HISTORICAL ACCURACY WAS WONDERFUL.
Jan 28, 2008
OK but overlong and lacking story
Richard North Patterson is a great crime/legal thriller writer, and he usually sets the story with a backdrop of real-life issues such as abortion, etc., that are bound to get polarizing and therefore compelling characters. Here, the backdrop is the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Patterson does a very good job of showing both sides of this enormous world problem.
But...somewhere along the way, the story suffers. The 'suprise' twist was something I guessed on maybe page 150, and the book is 768 pages long. The courtroom drama, Patterson's strength, was SO secondary to the plot that the book suffered greatly.
As an account of a world problem, it's good (though not nearly as much as many non-fiction works by journalists)...as a story, with characters and plot lines that should grip the readers interest...it's not nearly as much of a success.
Jun 14, 2007
I have already recommended this book to several friends. The placing of events within its' historical relevance was of utmost sifnificance to me . An excellent read! Don't be daunted by the # of pages. It is worth it!
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