Shake Off by Mischa Hiller

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An internationally acclaimed thriller of love, espionage and subterfuge, in which Middle East meets West with dangerous consequences.

Years of training have transformed Michel Khoury into a skilled intelligence operative. A refugee whose family was murdered by extremists, he has one mission: the peaceful resolution of the Middle East conflict that upended his life.

An alluring enigma, he attracts the attention of Helen, a pretty English girl who lives in the adjacent apartment. As their relationship develops, Michel is unable to tell Helen about his past--or the collection of passports and unmarked bills he's concealed in the bathroom they share.

When Michel's secrets turn deadly, Helen and Michel find themselves pursued through the streets of London, Berlin and the Scottish countryside, on the run from the very people they thought they could trust.

A critically celebrated novel that "recalls the cool detachment and compelling eye for ordinary detail that characterized the early thrillers of Graham Greene" (Independent on Sunday), SHAKE OFF is that rare breed of riveting tale--of intrigue and suspense, love and betrayal--that announces a bold new voice for our increasingly global times.

About Mischa Hiller

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Mischa Hiller is a winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Best First Book Category for South Asia & Europe. Raised in London, Beirut, and Dar El Salaam, Hiller lives in Cambridge, England.
Published August 14, 2012 by Mulholland Books. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Hiller’s (Sabra Zoo, 2010) second thriller, Michel Khoury is a skilled linguist, a supposed student at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and a PLO operative controlled by the mysterious Abu Leila.

Jul 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Shake Off

The Guardian

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When Michel is pursued for the mysterious contents of an envelope smuggled out of the Occupied Territories, his enemies are not only Mossad – ironically dubbed "the competition", despite their great superiority – but also the scions of Palestinian in-fighting.

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Publishers Weekly

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PLO agent Michel Khoury, who lives in a modest London bedsit but spent his first 15 years in a refugee camp in Lebanon, works for spymaster Abu Leila, who uses him mainly as a courier to shuttle documents from London to East Berlin and back.

Jun 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Shake Off

Book Reporter

Michel Khoury is so real, so flawed, and so in love.

Sep 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Shake Off

The Bookbag

Summary: Reliant on painkillers to deaden the terrifying flashbacks of the massacre he survived as a teenager, Michel is nonetheless a gifted linguist and a natural in the role he has been groomed for since the time of his rescue, by Abu-Leila, a PLO father-figure and long time acquaintance of no...

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The Christian Manifesto

The love between Michel and Helen feels real and we want them to work out, but we wonder how that can happen with all the secrets Michel has kept from her.

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