|Author:||Patterson, Richard North|
|Publisher:||St Martins Pr|
|Publish Date:||Aug 2007|
|Number of Pages:||753|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.03|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.82 x 1.56 x 7.6|
Richard North Patterson was born in Berkeley, California on February 22, 1947. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1968 and Case Western Reserve University's School of Law in 1971. He has served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio; a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco; and was the SEC's liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor. He retired from the practice of law in 1993 to become a full-time writer.
He studied creative writing with Jesse Hill Ford at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His first novel, The Lasko Tangent, won an Edgar Allen Poe Award in 1979. His other works include Private Screening, Eyes of a Child, Silent Witness, No Safe Place, Exile, Eclipse, The Devil's Light, and Fall from Grace. He has received several awards of his work including the French Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere in 1995 for Degree of Guilt and a Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood for Protect and Defend.
Exile is a lengthy and literate look at a modern quagmire. David Wolfe seemingly has it all: a thriving legal career, a beautiful fiancee, and a head start on the fast track to Congress as a Representative from California. David is also a lapsed Jew, one who occasionally honors the Holy Days but otherwise keeps his Jewishness to himself. During a trip to the Middle East while in law school, he met a brilliant and beautiful Palestinian woman named Hana Arif, with whom he had an affair.
Now years later, out of nowhere comes a call from Hana asking for David's help; she has been arrested for planning and executing the assassination of the prime minister of Israel on the same day he was proposing a far-reaching peace initiative between Israel and Palestine. His murder has thrown the world into chaos, and when David decides to represent Hana at her trial, his once comfortable life is destroyed.
Broadway actor Dennis Boutsikaris's delivery is measured, and he maintains a level of intensity throughout. Patterson presents every side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with intelligence, realism, and pragmatism; no one side is all perfect, no one side is totally evil. This is the book to listen to if you want to make sense of a bitter and bloody issue; it deserves a spot on every library shelf.
-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA
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Jewish lawyer David Wolfe's dilemma? To agree or not to agree when old flame Hana Arif, accused of orchestrating the assassination of Israel's prime minister, asks him to defend her. With a ten-city tour.
Patterson (Conviction) pens a big legal thriller that is light on suspense but compelling nonetheless. David Wolfe, a successful Jewish lawyer with political ambitions, had a clandestine affair with Arab activist Hana Arif while in law school, but Hana left him to enter an arranged marriage. Thirteen years later, Hana is vacationing in San Francisco with her family when the visiting Israeli prime minister is assassinated by a suicide bomber, which brings a new level of terrorism to the United States.
Hana stands accused as the mastermind of the murder and asks David to represent her, dramatically disrupting both their lives. While David isn't entirely sure he believes his former lover is innocent, he finds many inconsistencies in the evidence against her. When it begins to appear that Hana is being framed, he goes to Israel in search of the truth. The stories of the Israel is and Arabs with whom David meets are unforgettable, but the central plot line and main characters are a bit thin. Still, Patterson delves evenhandedly into both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, making this a fascinating and timely read. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/06.] - Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL
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The next day, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber while visiting San Francisco. Soon, Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder. Now David faces an agonizing choice: Will he, a Jew, represent her?
The most challenging case of David's career requires that he delve deep into the lives of Hana and her militant Palestinian husband, all the way back to Israel and the West Bank. There he uncovers the couple's dangerous connections... culminating in an explosive trial where the stakes are Hana's life--and the future of two peoples.
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