Monday, October 17, 2011

Exile by Richard North Patterson

Oooo, this one is good!  It felt like a throwback to the good old John Grisham books - part tense investigation, part courtroom drama.  

Here's the summary from Barnes & Noble:  

David Wolfe is a successful American lawyer 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 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.

I really enjoyed this one, especially because we just got back from Israel where we studied the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Part of the story takes place in Israel which was neat to read about.  The book is a long, but I thought it was good to read, especially if you like legal thrillers or have an interest in the Middle East.  

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