The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir
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For readers of John Le Carré and viewers of Homeland, a slow-burning psychological spy-thriller by a former brigadier general of intelligence in the Israeli army

"Atir provides an astonishing look at Middle Eastern spycraft."—The Washington Post

After attending her father’s funeral, former Mossad agent Rachel Goldschmitt empties her bank account and disappears. But when she makes a cryptic phone call to her former handler, Ehud, the Mossad sends him to track her down. Finding no leads, he must retrace her career as a spy to figure out why she abandoned Mossad before she can do any damage to Israel. But he soon discovers that after living under cover for so long, an agent’s assumed identity and her real one can blur, catching loyalty, love, and truth between them. In the midst of a high-risk, high-stakes investigation, Ehud begins to question whether he ever knew his agent at all.
In The English Teacher, Yiftach R. Atir drew on his own experience in intelligence to weave a psychologically nuanced thriller that explores the pressures of living under an assumed identity for months at a time.

About Yiftach Reicher Atir

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Yiftach Atir was born in 1949 on Kibbutz Shoval, in the south of Israel. As a young commando officer, he participated in Operation Entebbe and other military and intelligence operations before retirement with the rank of Brigadier General (Intelligence). THE ENGLISH TEACHER is his third novel.
Author Residence: Kibbutz Shoval, Israel
Author Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel Author Image 1
Published August 30, 2016 by Penguin Books. 261 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Aug 15 2016 | Read Full Review of The English Teacher: A Novel

With Homeland and The Americans heating up the airwaves, the time is right for this astonishing thriller from Israeli author Atir. Rachel joins Mossad and goes underground in an unnamed Arab city. Her cover as an English teacher leads to a romantic liaison, though her meetings with her case offic...

Aug 12 2016 | Read Full Review of The English Teacher: A Novel