Open House by Nabil A. Saleh

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Beirut in 1940-a carefree social whirl under the shadow of war, a city of torn allegiances, treason and love. After France's crushing defeat by the German army, the pro-German Vichy French control Lebanon and Syria, while Britain tightens her grip over Palestine and Iraq. Diplomats and politicians manoeuvre as spies and agents intrigue in the narrow and deadly streets.

Commandant Robert Herve's plotting to remove the Vichy High Commissioner, Nadine de Kebourg on a secret mission from France. Albert of the Jewish Agency and the socialite Odene Philips and Rashid Habib, a journalist caught in a tangle of greed and loyalty. These and many others are the actors in a tense and powerful drama, shot through with dark humor.


About Nabil A. Saleh

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Nabil Saleh has been a practicing lawyer in Beirut and London since 1957. He is an expert in Islamic law and is the author of Open House and Outremer.
Published March 1, 2001 by Quartet Books (UK). 303 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Besides such strained justifications for emotional motives, the central love triangle between a French female espionage agent, a French officer and a Lebanese Red Cross volunteer is well wrought.

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