Exile by Richard North Patterson

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From one of America's most compelling novelists comes the mesmerizing story of a lawyer who must defend the woman he loves against a charge of conspiring to assassinate the prime minister of Israel
David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: he's a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married, and he's being primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif--the Palestinian woman with whom he had a secret affair in law school--he begins a completely unexpected journey. The next day, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber while visiting San Francisco; soon, Hana herself is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder. Now David faces an agonizing choice: Will he, a Jew, represent Hana--who may well be guilty--or will he turn away the one woman he can never forget? The most challenging case of David's career requires that he delve deep into the lives of Hana Arif and her militant Palestinian husband, both of whom have always lived in exile. Ultimately, David's quest takes him to Israel and the West Bank, where, in a series of harrowing encounters, he learns that appearances are not at all what they seem. Culminating in a tense and startling trial with international ramifications, Exile is that rare novel that both entertains and enlightens. At once an intricate tale of betrayal and deception, a moving love story, and a fascinating journey into the lethal politics of the Middle East, this is Richard North Patterson at his most brilliant and engrossing.

About Richard North Patterson

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Richard North Patterson studied fiction writing with Jesse Hill Ford at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has written ten novels, including the international bestsellers Degree of Guilt, Eyes of a Child, The Final Judgment, Silent Witness, and No Safe Place. Patterson lives with his wife, Laurie, and their family in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard.
Published January 1, 2007 by Macmillan. 562 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Horror, Westerns. Fiction

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In his latest ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, Patterson puts the screws to a San Francisco lawyer called to defend his Palestinian ex-lover on murder charges after she’s accused of conspiring to kill the Israeli Prime Minister.

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In Exile once again Richard North Patterson has given us a grand story, yet somehow he also educates us on one the most misunderstood problems the world faces today.

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Some 13 years later Hana Arif, the one true love of his life, contacts him again while on a trip with her husband to counter the speeches given by the Israeli prime minister, who is seeking to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Entertainment Weekly

When the Israeli PM is gunned down on a San Francisco street in Richard North Patterson's Exile, local lawyer David Wolfe decides to defend the Palestinian woman behind the assassination — who happens to be an ex from Harvard Law School.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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USA Today

Few of us can imagine what it would be like if a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a heavily populated American city.That scenario is at the center of Exile, Richard North Patterson's provocative new novel.Legal thrillers and political dramas always have been Patterson's forte.

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Now, 13 years later, Hana reappears in his life, married and with a 12-year-old-daughter, a girl whom Saeb is determined will grow up to be a traditional Muslim woman: dutiful, ill-educated and completely different from Hana's wishes for her.

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David Wolfe could not ask for much more.

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Patterson in the author’s note and David in the novel alike denounce what they decry as a want of empathy: Displaced Palestinians can’t see that centuries of diasporic persecution, culminating in the Holocaust, might make Israeli Jews a little skittish about security.

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Review: Richard North Patterson has crafted an international legal thriller in Exile that is at its best in the courtroom but also manages to deftly balance the ideologies and realities of the Middle East without being patronizing to either side.

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From the title of this book one might expect its principal focus to be on geographical and/or political exile, exile as punishment, of which there have been many examples in Russian life and letters, both before and after the 1917 Revolution.

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